The literacy rate in Philippines is one of the highest in Asia. University education leads to under-graduate and post-graduate degrees while vocational schools offer two or three year programs where students are trained for occupational jobs. English is the language of instruction and most of the educational material is published in English.
In addition to mainstream study, Philippines offer several unpaid internships to international students. These internships are based in different locations, one example being Lyet Island. Depending on personal and professional preferences, interns can choose to work in health related issues, community development, youth, or women’s issues. The volunteers are guests of a local host family where they can truly absorb the local culture. The internships provide an excellent opportunity to gain hands on experience in a variety of fields which compliments theoretical study of the classroom. The duration of the program can be from a few weeks to three months. Since language is not a barrier for English speakers, volunteers can navigate around the island and explore without any hindrances.
Making full use of its reputation as the largest Asian, English-speaking country, Philippines is promoting ‘education tourism’. With students from China, India, Taiwan and Korea in mind, they are offering a variety of courses of short durations in addition to the full degree programs. In the English Second Language Tour Program, language lessons constitute a large part of the tour package.
In the field of Information Technology Studies, Philippines was already accepting qualified students into its colleges and universities. However, now new short modular courses are being offered to graduates with high IT aptitude. Philippines is making great efforts to accommodate students from all over the world by designing and offering new and unique study options.