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International Applicants

A. UPON APPLICATION
 
English Proficiency

 
International students are expected to have a sufficient grasp of both written and spoken English to be able to do graduate level work.
 
International applicants based must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and fax their copy of the test results as soon as possible to the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs [Fax No. (632) 426-5937].  The original is mailed to:
 
Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs   
Ateneo de Manila University – Loyola Schools
Ground Floor Kostka Hall
Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City
Philippines
 
A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test or 80 on the internet-based test is required for admission. Scores cannot be older than two years.
 
International applicants based abroad who have been accepted on the basis of their TOEFL or other English proficiency test results have to take the Ateneo de Manila entrance examinations when they come to the Philippines to enroll.  Arrangements for this should be made with the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs as soon as the applicant arrives in the country.
 
International applicants already in the Philippines, who wish to take the TOEFL, can visit the website www.acess.org.ph.
 
The Loyola Schools reserves the right to ask its international applicants for additional proof of academic competence.
 
Admission Procedures for International Applicants Applying from Abroad
 
1.   The international applicant pays the application fee of US $30 in the form of a telegraphic transfer, net of the bank's remittance charges payable to:
 
Account name: Ateneo de Manila University
Bank name: Citibank, N.A., 8741 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Philippines
Account no.: 012132519
ABA No.: 021000089
Swift code: CITIPHMX
Contact person: Ms. Tina Conde
Tel. no.: (63-2)8139235
 
A photocopy of the remittance slip is sent together with the application requirements listed in the item 3 below.
 
2.   The downloadable Application Form and Recommendation Forms may be printed and filled out.
 
3.    Each filled-out Application Form should be accompanied by:
 
        -    one (1) photocopy of filled-out form
        -    Four (4) 2" x 2" ID pictures
        -    Personal Essay & one (1) photocopy
        -    Three (3) duly accomplished Recommendation Forms
        -    TOEFL results & one (1) photocopy
        -    Two (2) photocopies of authenticated* official transcript of records for the bachelor’s degree with the official grading system and its English translation, bearing the original signature of the Registrar and school seal
        -    In case the applicant obtained said bachelor's degree in less than four (4) school years, two (2) photocopies of the Certificate of Degree Equivalency issued by the Ministry of Education in the applicant's country to determine the applicant's earned degree
        -    If the application is for Ph.D. studies, two (2) photocopies of authenticated* official transcript of records of graduate studies with the official grading system and its English translation, bearing the original signature of the Registrar and school seal
        -    Two (2) photocopies of authenticated* certificate of graduation or certified true copy of diploma for the bachelor’s degree and graduate degree, if any, and their English translation
        -    Two (2) photocopies of passport pages where name, photo, birth date, & birthplace and valid visa appear
        -    Two (2) photocopies of Marriage Certificate (for married women)

* See important notes at the end of this page.
 
4.   To allow sufficient time to process applications for a student visa, the international applicant is strongly urged to submit the application documents to the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs before the following dates:
 
        -    January 15 if the applicant wishes to enroll for the First Semester (June-to-October term)
        -    June 30 for the Second Semester (November-to-March term)
        -    October 15 for the Summer term (April-to-May term).
 
5.   The international applicant may be interviewed by the Department Chair that offers the graduate degree program. The interview is scheduled after the international applicant has filed the application papers and taken the entrance tests.
 
6.   Admission notices are issued by the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. Students are normally admitted on a probationary/provisional status.

7.   Upon the accepted international applicant's arrival in the Philippines, the applicant reports to the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs to arrange for the taking of the Ateneo entrance test. The exam will be administered by the Ateneo Center for Educational and Psychological Assessment (ACESS) at the Loyola Heights campus.

8.   The accepted international applicant must submit/present the documents indicated on the admission notice at least two weeks before the start of registration for the semester or summer term to the Graduate Section of the Office of the Registrar located at the Ground Floor, Social Sciences Building.

       Credentials filed in support of the application and credentials submitted for registration become the property of the Ateneo de Manila University and will not be returned to the international applicant/student.

9.   Registration forms for all international students are issued by the International Students Section of the Office of the Registrar.
 
Admission Procedures for International Applicants Applying from the Philippines
 
1.   The international applicant obtains an Application Form at the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and pays the application fee for international applicants of US $ 20 or its Philippine peso equivalent.
 
Alternatively, the applicant may instead download, print and fill out the Application Form and Recommendation Forms from the Ateneo de Manila website at http://ls.ateneo.edu/adgp and pay the application fee when filing the application.
 
2.   Each filled-out Application Form should be accompanied by:
 
        -    one (1) photocopy of the filled-out form
        -    Four (4) 2" x 2" ID pictures
        -    Personal Essay & one (1) photocopy
        -    Three (3) duly accomplished Recommendation Forms
        -    TOEFL results & 1 photocopy
        -    Two (2) photocopies of authenticated* official transcript of records for the bachelor’s degree with the official grading system and its English translation, bearing the original signature of the Registrar and school seal
        -    If application is for Ph.D. studies, two (2) photocopies of authenticated* official transcript of records of graduate studies with the official grading system and its English translation, bearing the original signature of the Registrar and school seal
        -    Two (2) photocopies of authenticated* certificate of graduation or certified true copy of diploma for the bachelor’s degree and graduate degree, if any, and their English translation
        -    In case the applicant obtained said degree in less than four (4) school years, two (2) photocopies of the Certificate of Degree Equivalency issued by the MINISTRY OF EDUCATION in the applicant’s country to determine the applicant's earned degree
        -    Two photocopies of passport pages where name, photo, birth date, & birthplace and valid visa appear
        -    Two photocopies of Marriage Certificate (for married women)

* See important notes at the end of this page.
 
3.  To allow sufficient time to process applications for a student visa, the international applicant is strongly urged to submit the application documents to the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs before the following dates:
 
        -    March 15 if the applicant wishes to enroll for the First Semester (June-to-October term)
        -    August 15 for the Second Semester (November-to-March term)
        -    February 1 for the Summer term (April-to-May term).
 
4.  The international applicant is required to take the entrance tests.  He/she is scheduled for testing after filing the application. The exam will be administered by the Ateneo Center for Educational and Psychological Assessment (ACESS) at the Loyola Heights campus.
 
5.  The international applicant may be interviewed by the Department Chair that offers the graduate degree program. The interview is scheduled after the international applicant has filed the application papers and taken the entrance tests.
 
6.  Admission notices are issued by the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. Students are normally admitted on a probationary/provisional status.

    Credentials filed in support of the application and credentials submitted for registration become the property of the Ateneo de Manila University and will not be returned to the international applicant/student.

7.  Registration forms for new international students are issued by the International Students Section of the Office of the Registrar.
 
B. UPON ADMISSION
 
The International Student must submit the following to the Office of the Registrar two to three weeks before start of regular registration (if a student visa is needed, at least four weeks before the start of regular registration):

1.    For those needing a  student visa:
        a.    Two original authenticated* transcript of records of both bachelor’s degree and graduate degree, if any, with the official grading system and its English translation, bearing the original signature of the Registrar and school seal
        b.    One original authenticated* certificate of graduation or certified true copy of diploma for both bachelor’s degree and graduate degree, if any, & their English translation
        c.    Duly notarized letter request from the applicant
        d.    Duly notarized General Application Form accomplished by the Applicant (BI Form No. MCL-07-01)     
        e.    Quarantine Medical Examination and Original copy of Medical Certificate issued by the Bureau of Quarantine and International Health Surveillance or a government medical institution with competence to certify that the applicant is not afflicted with any dangerous, contagious or loathsome disease and is  mentally fit
         f.    National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Clearance
        g.    Bureau of Immigration (BI) Clearance Certificate
        h.    Photocopy of photo, data and stamp of the latest arrival pages from the student's passport
         i.    Photocopy of passport pages where name, photo, birthdate, birthplace and valid visa appear
         j.   Validated Alien Certificate of Registration I-CARD

2.   For those with other visas valid for enrollment:
        a.   One original authenticated* transcript of records of both bachelor’s degree and graduate degree, if any, with the official grading system and its English translation, bearing the original signature of the Registrar and school seal
        b.   One original authenticated* certificate of graduation or certified true copy of diploma for both bachelor’s degree and graduate degree, if any, & their English translation
        c.    Passport pages where name, photo, birthdate, birthplace and valid visa appear
        d.    Validated Alien Certificate of Registration I-CARD
 
IMPORTANT NOTES:
 
Authentication must be done by the Philippine Foreign Service Post in the student’s country of origin or legal residence. The English translation has to be authenticated as well.

Authenticated copies must be submitted before enrollment following the deadline indicated in the admission notice. However, the international applicant is advised to start the process for authentication as soon as possible, even before decision is given out, in order to meet the Office of the Registrar’s deadlines for submission of required documents before registration.

For transcripts from Philippine schools, no authentication is required.

Documents listed under sections A & B above that are not written in English must be accompanied by their English translation issued by an authorized translator.
 
C. Registration

1.    Once admitted, international students are required to submit the following for registration:
       a.   For Philippine-born aliens and those with permanent resident status - an Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) issued by the Bureau of Immigration
       b.   For international students coming from abroad - their passport, visa, ACR, I-Card, and Certificate of Residence for Temporary Status (CRTS) valid for the semester/summer term of enrollment.

2.   Holders of other visa valid for enrollment in the Philippines will have to submit the required admission documents to the Office of the Registrar at least one week before the start of registration.

3.   An International Student's Fee is charged, every enrollment, by the Loyola Schools in addition to the regular tuition and fees.

4.   International students who wish to transfer to another school should present a letter citing the reason(s) for transfer to the Officer-in-Charge of the International Students Office of the CHED. Transfer credentials will be issued by the Loyola Schools upon receipt of the CHED clearance.

5.   International students on student visa must register for courses to earn credit (and grades) and must carry full academic loads.

6.   International students who intend to temporarily leave the Philippines must apply for an Emigration Clearance Certificate and Special Return Certificate with the Philippines Bureau of Immigration if they wish to retain their student visas.


For more information on the Philippine government’s visa requirements and procedures please go to www.immigration.gov.ph




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