If you are a foreigner who has been accepted to the Ateneo de Manila University, you will need to do the following:
1. Confirm your slot
The decision letter from the Ateneo de Manila University contains information on how to confirm your slot in the university. Follow it to the letter, please.
Important Note: If you have been accepted for the first semester of Academic Year 2009-2010 (begins this June 2009), you have only until April 10, 2009 to secure your slot and confirm your intention to enroll in the Ateneo de Manila University, so be quick about it.
2. Fulfill Pre-Registration Requirements
After you have confirmed your slot, you will need to go to the Office of the Registrar to submit the following pre-registration requirements:
- Foreign Passport (photocopy)
You must turn in a photocopy of your foreign passport (again, you need to bring along your original passport needs for verification).
- Student Visa or any other Valid Visa
After you have been accepted to the Ateneo de Manila University, you must visit the Philippine embassy or consulate nearest you to obtain your visa. Generally speaking, you need a Student Visa to study in the Philippines. However, any other valid visa (that is, a visa that puts no restriction upon you to study in the Philippines) will be accepted.
- Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) I-Card
The ACR I-Card is an alien identification card that looks pretty much like a credit card. Embedded in it is a microchip with your biometric information.
The ACR I-Card is simply the card-version of your paper Alien Certificate of Registration. This card version, however, has formally replaced your paper ACR and you will need to present it for transactions where your alien registration status needs to be confirmed. To get the ACR card, you will need to go to the Bureau of Immigration.
Important Note: If you have been accepted for the first semester of Academic Year 2009-2010 (begins this June 2009), you have only until April 30, 2009 to submit all pre-registration requirements. If you fail to do this, you will not be allowed to enroll.
- Certificate of Residence for Temporary Status (CRTS)
This should be valid for the semester or term of your enrollment.
3. Enroll for your courses/classes.
At the designated enrollment date, enlist for your desired or prescribed courses. Remember that international students are required to enroll in 3 Filipino language courses.
You will also need to pay a Foreign or Non-Resident Student Fee of PhP 27,825.00 (around 580 USD at the current rates of exchange) apart from your tuition and other enrollment dues every enrollment. Note that the Foreign or Non-Resident Student Fee may vary slightly from year to year.
You will not be charged this fee if you are one of the following:
- A resident alien (as defined by the Philippine Immigration laws)
- Part of a special exchange program
- A non-degree student
If you are one of the following, you may be granted an exemption from the Foreign or Non-Resident Student Fee:
- The child of OFWs
- The child of Filipino expats
- A missionary or part of a religious mission
To find out if you are exempted from the Foreign or Non-Resident student fee, you will need to submit the following:
- Letter of Request for Exemption from the Foreign or Non-Resident Student Fee
- Documents to support your claim for exemption
Note: There will be a much more detailed article on the Ateneo de Manila University’s application for admission and registration procedures for international students, so be sure to check Academic-Clinic.com from time to time.