If you’re under the impression that travel goals are less likely to be achieved while you’re still in college, think again! There are actually several universities based in the Philippines that offer their students numerous opportunities to grow as professionals by studying in other countries.
- De La Salle University Manila (Student Exchange Program University Placement, or STEP UP) – Through STEP UP, students of DLSU in the fields of International Business, Economics, and Engineering may apply at the ASEAN International Mobility for Students (or AIMS) Programme; involved countries are: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. All DLSU students who are at least 18 years of age, having completed at least 3 terms, also have the option of submitting an Outbound Applications Form at the International Center and can freely consult with the Global Education Specialist.
- Far Eastern University Manila (Global Leadership Development Program) – FEU has facilitated exchanges between the Philippines and Korea since 2010 through the GLDP, which is an international program designed to expose students to Korean culture, education, and youth leadership. The program usually lasts from June to January (at times, up until March), and selected applicants are expected to stay at Far East University in South Korea. Likewise, Korean students have been actively encouraged to apply at FEU for an Intensive English Language Course (INTELAC), which aims to develop foreign students’ communication skills.
- University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP Student Exchange Program) – Some of the host countries of UP Diliman’s exchange program include: Italy, France, Japan, Singapore, Spain, USA, and South Korea, among many others. Interested applicants must at least be a sophomore and should be greatly interested in cultural diversity. It is open to students of all majors and upon return from the host country, participants are expected to report back to UP for re-admission, with the assurance of their units taken abroad being credited.
- Ateneo de Manila University (Student Mobility Program) – Open to students under the School of Social Sciences (SoSS) in AdMU, SMP allows SoSS students to study abroad through the following: a Junior Term Abroad (JTA) Program, a Summer Term Abroad (STA) Program, and Student Exchange Outbound Program which includes TEMASEK Foundation Scholarship program, Erasmus Mundus programme, and other scholarship programs of Ateneo partner institutions abroad.
- Silliman University (Foreign Student Exchange Program) – Silliman takes pride in having over a hundred academic partners across Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, Central America and North America. It annually sends out students under its various student exchange programs with different partner universities in Asia, Europe and the United States (universities in Japan and Korea are among their more established and long-running partners in student exchange.)
There are many more opportunities similar to the ones listed above. To find out more about studying abroad and how you can get started on applying, visit Edukasyon.ph.