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Philippines Work & Study

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Tertiary education and ESL

Many foreigners such as Europeans, Chinese, Americans and Koreans choose to study and finish university in the Philippines because compared to other countries, Universities here are cheaper and offer the same system the Americans apply (however most schools follow K-10, international schools follow K-12 standards), major schools such as University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, Ateneo University, Far Eastern University and Adamson University are just some of the major universities with many provincial branches in the country.

The country is also a hub for people seeking to learn English mostly Chinese and Koreans, there are many English learning centers around the country predominantly around Metro Manila, Bacolod and Cebu, it is one of the largest hubs in learning ESL as it is one of the leading people in the world in proficiency of using English.

International schools are around major financial, commercial and provincial capitals, Taguig City is served by International School of Manila, British School of Manila, German School of Manila and French School of Manila which are part of the European International School campus. Faith Academy caters to mostly Americans, Brent International School has branches in the archipelago with one in the white beaches of Boracay. Korean International School, Manila Japanese School and Chinese International School Manila are also in Taguig City. Other international schools in the Philippines are also found and usually operated by British and other European diplomats, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and American immigrants and diplomats.


Under Philippine law, any foreigner working must have an Alien Employment Permit issued by the Department of Labor. The paperwork is in general handled by the prospective employer and the employee picks up the relevant visa at a Philippine Embassy or Consulate. Working without a permit is not allowed and does not give you any labor protections. Furthermore, visas are checked upon departing the Philippines. Those who have overstayed without permission are subject to fines and, in certain cases, even jail.

It is possible for foreigners to earn casual money while staying in the Philippines, especially in Manila and other bigger cities in provinces. These may include temporary teaching in schools, colleges and other institutions; and working in bars and clubs. Temporary work may also be available as an "extra" on the set of a film or television series. Fluency in English is very important in jobs while knowledge of Filipino or Tagalog is considerably low. Recently as of late 2010, the Philippines has overtaken India in the call center industry, and many international companies hire English fluent workers.

Most establishments pay monthly but informal jobs pay out variably either cash on hand or weekly.

Work & Study Institutions in Philippines

University/College La Consolacion College Manila
in Manila
University/College University of the Philippines Manila
in Manila
University/College De La Salle University - Manila
in Manila
University/College University of Santo Tomas
in Manila
University/College Mapua Institute of Technology
in Manila
University/College Polytechnic University of the Philippines
in Manila
University/College Far Eastern University-Manila
in Manila
University/College University of the East
in Manila
University/College San Beda College
in Manila
University/College St. Paul University Manila
in Manila
These are just 10 of 21 Work & Study Institutions in Philippines. Show more.

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