Study In Philippines - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in the Philippines as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in the Philippines as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in the Philippines

Why study in Philippines

Cost of studying in the Philippines

Universities in the Philippines for international students

Cost of living in the Philippines for international students

How to get a visa to study in Philippines

How to apply and study in Philippines

Tuition fees to study in Philippines

Applying to study in Philippines


There are two intakes for entry into universities in the Philippines, one in June and one in November. You should apply directly to your chosen university, providing an academic transcript relevant to your level of study. Depending on the university and program, you may also need to provide letters of recommendation and/or sit admission exams.

As the language of instruction at most universities in the Philippines is English, you’ll need to prove your proficiency with a test such as IELTS or TOEFL if you’re not a native speaker.

Applying to universities in the Philippines

Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.

Cost of studying in Philippine for international students



The cost of studying in Philippine actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Philippine have different tuition fees.

Tuition fees for studying in Philippine is very low for international students. With about US$4,200-6,000 per year for tuition fees and other expenditures.

You can enroll in a university of your choice and courses such as medicine and surgery will be the most expensive.

 Each university set their own tuition fees and it varies between all the universities. Public universities are the cheapest at about US$1,000 per year  and private universities do charge about US$1,200 to 2,500 per year for tuition fees.

You can work as a student in Philippine but you can't use your student visa to work so it is mandatory you apply for a work permit in order to work part time as an international student.

Cost of living in the Philippines according to expatistan


Housing            [Edit]

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area


            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area


            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat


            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area


            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area


            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio


            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)


            40” flat screen TV


            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)


            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)


            Hourly rate for cleaning help


Clothes [Edit]

            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)


            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)


            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)


            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes


Transportation  [Edit]

            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new


            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas


            Monthly ticket public transport


            Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)


Personal Care   [Edit]

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)


            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)


            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)


            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)


            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)


            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)


            4 rolls of toilet paper


            Tube of toothpaste


            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city


Entertainment    [Edit]

            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub


            2 tickets to the movies


            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)


            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert


            1 cocktail drink in downtown club


            Cappuccino in expat area of the city


            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)


            iPad Air 2, 64GB


            1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)


            1 month of gym membership in business district



Visa to study in the Philippines

To study in the Philippines asan international student, you will require a visa. Below are the requirements and process of getting a Philippine visa.

What documents will be required?

The following are the minimum requirements for applying a temporary visitor’s visa:

1. Passport/Travel Document Valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines;

2. Duly Accomplished Visa application forms;

3. Passport Photos (2 pieces);

4. Proof of bona fide status as tourist or businessman;

5. Confirmed tickets for return or onward journey to the next port of destination; and

6. Payment of Visa Fees.


(a) Holders of Certificates of Identity, Travel Documents, Documents of Identity, Taiwanese Passports and all stateless persons do require visas.

(b) All children of Filipino nationality must hold individual passports.

(c) Children of other nationalities up to the age of 15 and not accompanied by a parent are only permitted entry if they secure a visa based on an approved Waiver Exclusion Ground (WEG) granted by the Bureau of Immigration. Applicants should apply at the Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy) at least two weeks in advance.

Time required to issue a visa:

2 days in average. Visas can be collected between 16.00 and 17.00 hrs.

How do I apply?

Application to: Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy); see Contact Addresses section.

Application requirements: (a) One application form. (b) One passport-size photo signed on the back. (c) Passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended period of stay. (d) Proof of means of support during stay, either by bank statement or letter of employment. (e) Fee in cash or postal order only. (f) If applying by post a registered, stamped, self-addressed envelope is required and the application should be signed by a notary or commissioner of oaths. (g) Onward or return tickets. (h) Business travellers also require a letter from the sponsoring Filipino company or from their employer, stating the purpose of the visit.

Application for a non-immigrant visa should be made in person.

Application for a temporary visitor’s visa must be made in person. In the case of a minor under eighteen (18) years of age, the application may be made for him by a person who, in the opinion of the consular officer, is responsible for his/her welfare. The minor, not an infant in arms, shall be required to appear at the Consulate for interview, together with the person making the application for him/her.

Applicants for temporary visitor’s visa should normally apply at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate that has jurisdiction over their place of residence. While some visa applicants may apply at any Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad, others are only allowed to apply his/her visa at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in his country of origin or legal residence.

Foreign Nationals who wish to take up a short-term non-degree course

Foreign students who wish to take up a short-term non-degree course like language and computer courses must apply for a temporary visitor’s visa. Upon arrival in the Philippines and acceptance by the school/institution authorized by the Bureau of Immigration to accept foreign students, he/she should apply for a Special Study Permit at the Bureau’s Student Desk, together with the following documents:

Letter request;

Certificate of Acceptance from the school accredited by the Bureau of Immigration to accept foreign students;

Photocopy of passport reflecting the applicant’s authorized period of stay;

Affidavit of Support and Proof of Financial Capacity; and Birth Certificate.

How long is the visa valid for?

Single-entry (59 days from date of issue); Multiple-entry (between 6 months and 1 year from date of issue). Visas normally allow stays of up to 60 days. Extensions are possible at the discretion of the Bureau of Immigration.

How would I extend my visa?

You may get an application form from the Visa Extension Section located at the ground floor Annex building, Bureau of Immigration.

Fill up the form, provide a photocopy of your passport, visa, latest arrival card, valid extension of stay, if any and other pertinent documents which will support your application.

How long will it take me to extend my visa?

For non-restricted citizens, one (1) day using the express processing lane and one (1) week using the regular processing lane.

For restricted nationals, it will take three (3) days using the express processing lane and one (1) week using the regular processing lane.

List and ranking of all the universities in the Philippines

This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Philipine. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Philipine and their ranking




Rank    University         Location

1          University of the Philippines Diliman

Quezon City ...

2          Ateneo de Manila University

Quezon City ...

3          University of Santo Tomas


4          De La Salle University

Manila ...

5          University of the Philippines System

Quezon City

6          University of the Philippines Los Baños

Los Baños

7          Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Manila ...

8          University of the Philippines Manila

Manila ...

9          University of San Carlos

Cebu City

10        Mapua Institute of Technology

Manila ...

11        Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology

Iligan City

12        University of Southeastern Philippines

Davao City ...

13        Asian Institute of Management

Makati City

14        Ateneo de Davao University

Davao City

15        Western Mindanao State University

Zamboanga City ...

16        Saint Louis University

Baguio City

17        De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde


18        University of the East

Manila ...

19        University of the Philippines Baguio

Baguio City

20        Ateneo de Zamboanga University

Zamboanga City

21        Far Eastern University

Manila ...

22        Silliman University

Dumaguete City

23        De La Salle Lipa

Lipa City

24        Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan

Cagayan de Oro City

25        Adamson University


26        University of Asia and the Pacific

Pasig City

27        Universidad de Zamboanga

Zamboanga City ...

28        Central Philippine University

Iloilo City

29        Centro Escolar University

Manila ...

30        Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies


31        University of the Philippines in the Visayas

Iloilo City ...

32        Angeles University Foundation

Angeles City

33        Miriam College

Quezon City

34        University of Baguio

Baguio City

35        AMA Computer University

Quezon City

36        University of the Philippines Mindanao

Davao City

37        John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University

Iloilo City

38        Central Luzon State University

Science City of Muñoz

39        University of Perpetual Help System DALTA

Las Piñas City ...

40        Tarlac State University

Tarlac City

41        San Beda College

Manila ...

42        Technological Institute of the Philippines

Manila ...

43        Cavite State University

Indang ...

44        University of San Jose-Recoletos

Cebu City ...

45        Saint Mary's University


46        Lorma Colleges

City of San Fernando

47        Emilio Aguinaldo College

Manila ...

48        Central Mindanao University


49        Asia Pacific College

Makati City

50        University of St. La Salle

Bacolod City

51        Misamis University

Ozamiz City ...

52        Batangas State University

Batangas City ...

53        Holy Angel University

Angeles City

54        Aldersgate College

Solano ...

55        Manila Central University

Caloocan City

56        University of Rizal System

Tanay ...

57        Caraga State University

Butuan City ...

58        Mindanao State University

Marawi City ...

59        University of Southern Mindanao

Kabacan ...

60        Our Lady of Fatima University

Valenzuela City ...

61        Benguet State University

La Trinidad ...

62        Father Saturnino Urios University

Butuan City

63        Mariano Marcos State University

Batac ...

64        Lyceum of the Philippines University

Manila ...

65        Asian Social Institute


66        National Defense College of the Philippines

Quezon City

67        West Visayas State University

Iloilo City ...

68        University of Nueva Caceres

Naga City

69        University of Cebu

Cebu City ...

70        Philippine Normal University

Manila ...

71        Pangasinan State University

Lingayen ...

72        De La Salle Health Sciences Institute

Dasmariñas City

73        Visayas State University

Baybay ...

74        Colegio de San Juan de Letran

Manila ...

75        St. Scholastica's College


76        Southwestern University

Cebu City

77        Trinity University of Asia

Quezon City

78        Mindanao University of Science and Technology

Cagayan de Oro City

79        Cebu Doctors' University

Mandaue City

80        Technological University of the Philippines

Manila ...

81        University of the Cordilleras

Baguio City

82        Holy Name University

Tagbilaran City

83        University of Mindanao

Davao City ...

84        Manuel L. Quezon University


85        FEU Institute of Technology


86        Chiang Kai Shek College


87        Bicol University

Legazpi City ...

88        Adventist University of the Philippines

Cavite City

89        Bukidnon State University

Malaybalay City

90        University of the East Ramon Magsaysay

Quezon City

91        Bulacan State University

City of Malolos ...

92        University of the Assumption

City of San Fernando

93        Aklan State University

Banga ...

94        University of the Immaculate Conception

Davao City

95        Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University

Bacnotan ...

96        Bataan Peninsula State University

Balanga City ...

97        Cebu Technological University

Cebu City

98        Mountain View College

Valencia City

99        University of San Agustin

Iloilo City

100      St. Luke's College of Medicine - WHQM

Quezon City

101      Philippine Christian University

Manila ...

102      St. Paul University Manila


103      Cagayan State University

Tuguegarao City ...

104      Arellano University

Manila ...

105      The Philippine Women's University

Manila ...

106      La Salle University

Ozamiz City

107      Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila


108      University of Batangas

Batangas City

109      Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation

Lucena City ...

110      Don Bosco Technical College

Mandaluyong City

111       Capitol University

Cagayan de Oro City

112      Liceo de Cagayan University

Cagayan de Oro City

113      Assumption College

Makati City

114      New Era University

Quezon City ...

115      Iloilo Science and Technology University

Iloilo City ...

116      University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos

Bacolod City ...

117      National University


118      Notre Dame of Marbel University

Koronadal City

119      Rizal Technological University

Mandaluyong City

120      St. Louis College Valenzuela

Valenzuela City

121      Cebu Institute of Technology

Cebu City

122      Philippine School of Business Administration

Manila ...

123      Laguna State Polytechnic University

Sta. Cruz ...

124      FEATI University


125      Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation

San Carlos City

126      University of Perpetual Help System Jonelta

City of Biñan ...

127      Baliuag University


128      University of Iloilo - PHINMA

Iloilo City

129      Nueva Vizcaya State University

Bayombong ...

130      Tarlac College of Agriculture


131      Central Colleges of the Philippines

Quezon City

132      Cebu Normal University

Cebu City

133      University of Bohol

Tagbilaran City

134      Isabela State University

Echague ...

135      Camarines Norte State College

Camarines Norte

136      Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College

Ilocos Sur ...

137      University of Northern Philippines

Vigan City

138      Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication

San Juan

139      Angelicum College

Quezon City

140      Holy Cross of Davao College

Davao City

141      Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University


142      Davao Doctors College

Davao City

143      University of Saint Louis

Tuguegarao City

144      Western Philippines University

Aborlan ...

145      Cebu Institute of Medicine

Cebu City

146      Samar State University

Catbalogan City ...

147      Lourdes College

Cagayan de Oro City

148      Negros Oriental State University

Dumaguete City ...

149      Lipa City Colleges

Lipa City

150      St. Joseph's College of Quezon City

Quezon City

151      Bohol Island State University

Bilar ...

152      Sacred Heart College

Lucena City

153      Leyte Normal University

Tacloban City

154      University of Pangasinan

Dagupan City

155      Notre Dame of Dadiangas University

City of General Santos

156      St. Paul University Iloilo

Iloilo City

157      Eulogio "Amang" Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology


158      Palawan State University

Puerto Princesa City ...

159      PATTS College of Aeronautics

Parañaque City

160      Southern Luzon State University


161      La Consolacion University Philippines

Malolos City ...

162      St. Paul University Quezon City

Quezon City

163      Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology

Cabanatuan City ...

164      Eastern Visayas State University

Tacloban City

165      San Sebastian College-Recoletos de Cavite

Cavite City

166      Central Philippine Adventist College


167      University of Southern Philippines Foundation

Cebu City

168      Santa Isabel College


169      Wesleyan University-Philippines

Cabanatuan City ...

170      Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology

Zamboanga City

171      Northwestern University

Laoag City

172      Lyceum-Northwestern University

Dagupan City

173      La Consolacion College Manila


174      University of Antique


175      Southern Leyte State University

Sogod ...

176      Union Christian College

City of San Fernando

177      St. Paul University Dumaguete

Dumaguete City

178      Northern Luzon Adventist College


179      Ramon Magsaysay Technological University

Iba ...

180      Saint Jude College


181      Capiz State University

Roxas City ...

182      Pasig Catholic College

Pasig City

183      Naval State University


184      Filamer Christian University

Roxas City

185      Colegio de Dagupan

Dagupan City

186      Surigao del Sur State University

Tandag ...

187      Bulacan Agricultural State College

San Ildefonso

188      Saint Joseph Institute of Technology

Butuan City

189      College of the Holy Spirit


190      University of the Visayas

Cebu City ...

191      Saint Pedro Poveda College

Quezon City

192      Aurora State College of Technology

Baler ...

193      Cor Jesu College

Digos City

194      Olivarez College

Parañaque City

195      University of Luzon

Dagupan City

196      The National Teachers College


197      Eastern Samar State University

Borongan ...

198      STI West Negros University

Bacolod City ...

199      Asian Institute of Maritime Studies

Pasay City

200      Catanduanes State University


201      National College of Business and Arts

Quezon City ...

202      Romblon State University


203      Saint Michael's College of Laguna

Biñan City

204      St. Paul University Surigao

Surigao City

205      Western Institute of Technology

Iloilo City

206      Republic Central Colleges

Angeles City

207      University of Eastern Philippines

Catarman ...

208      Guimaras State College

Buenavista Guimaras

209      Siena College of Taytay


210      Guagua National Colleges


211      Quirino State University


212      University of Cagayan Valley

Tuguegarao City

213      Sorsogon State College

Sorsogon City ...

214      University of La Salette

Santiago City

215      Meycauayan College

Meycauayan City

216      Holy Trinity University

Puerto Princesa City ...

Un        Abra State Institute of Science and Technology


Un        Aquinas University of Legazpi

Legazpi City

Un        Ateneo de Naga University

Naga City ...

Un        Christ the King College

Calbayog City

Un        Jose Rizal University

Mandaluyong City

Un        La Consolacion College

Iriga City

Un        Marinduque State College


Un        Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology


Un        Notre Dame of Kidapawan College

Kidapawan City

Un        Partido State University

Goa ...

Un        St. Mary's College

Quezon City

Un        St. Paul University Philippines

Tuguegarao City

Un        Universidad de Sta. Isabel

Naga City

Un        University of Manila



Courses you can study at universities in the Philippines

Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


List of items to pack while going to study in the Philippines

In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





           Bobby pins


           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)


           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in the Philippines or any other study abroad destination

1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.

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