Admission of Foreign Applicants

Requirements for Beginning Freshmen

A foreign applicant who graduated from a high school abroad and has not enrolled in College may be admitted to the freshman class if he meets the following requirements:

1.   Completion of high school program in the country where he had his secondary education;

2.    Qualifying in a College-qualifying national or international foreign administered examination such as the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examination of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or any equivalent examination:

        GCE: 3 ordinary level passes and 2 advanced level passes
        SAT: minimum total score of 1200

International Baccalaureate: Diploma

  1. In the case of an applicant whose native language or whose medium of instruction in the secondary school is not English, a minimum score of 500 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

A grade from a high school abroad who fails to satisfy the requirements for automatic admission (i.e. item 2 above) may take the UPCAT. A Filipino who graduated from a secondary school abroad applying for freshman admission to the University must satisfy the same requirements as those for foreign students.

A student holding dual citizenship (e.g. Filipino-American, Filipino-Chinese) who wishes to be considered as Filipino for the purpose of studying in the University of the Philippines must submit prior to admission a copy of the order of the Identification Certificate issued by the Bureau of Immigration. Students who choose to be classified as Filipino during their initial enrolment will be considered Filipino until their graduation. Both male and female students are required to enroll in the National Service Training program.

Advanced Placement Examinations (APE)

A qualified freshman applicant who has taken courses at the advanced level will not be given advanced credits for these subjects. However, he may apply to take the Advanced Placement Examinations. Diploma or certificate holders of the International Baccalaureate may be granted advanced credits for certain subjects provided that the total credits including automatic credits granted do not exceed 15 units per subject area.


Foreign Transfer Students Admission

A foreign student with credits for college-level course work should meet the University requirements for transfer students. A TOEFL score of 500 (paper-based test) or 173 (computer-based test), is required of an applicant whose medium of instruction in school/s he attended is not English. If the applicant is transferring from another Philippine school, he should secure a permit to transfer from the Department of Education (DepEd).