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Study in the Philippines

A newly industrialized country and emerging market in Asia, the Philippines has welcomed an increasing number of international students in recent years, and is also a popular tourist destination – not surprising when you look at those tropical, sunny beaches. However, the Philippines has more to offer than an attractive coastline; those who study in the Philippines will be able to explore its fascinating mix of Islamic, Malay, Spanish and American influences on Filipino culture.

Read on to find out about the top universities in the Philippines, student cities, applications and more.

Fast Facts

  • Made up of over 7,600 islands, although the majority of the population lives on just 11 of these.
  • Officially the Republic of the Philippines.
  • Population of 103 million people (2016 estimate).
  • Named in honor of King Philip II of Spain – the Philippines was a Spanish Colony for three centuries.
  • Gained independence in 1946.
  • Official languages are Filipino and English, but there are also 19 recognized regional languages.
  • Area of 300,000 sq km (115,831 sq miles), comparable to the US state of Arizona.
  • Currency is the Philippine peso.
  • Due to Spanish colonialism, the majority (82%) of the population are Roman Catholics. Islam is the second largest religion.
  • Capital city is Manila, but the largest city is Quezon City.
  • Government is a Unitary presidential constitutional republic. The president is currently Benigno Aquino III.
  • The Philippines is the world’s leading producer of coconuts.
  • Three of the top 10 largest shopping centers in the world are found in the Philippines.
  • In the province of Camiguin, there are more volcanos (seven) than towns (five).
  • The Philippines is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, with many species which are thought not to exist anywhere else in the world.
  • The Philippines’ flag changes to indicate a state of war – the blue and red stripes are switched.