For Foreign Students




SMU welcomes students of any nationality or religious belief who subscribe to the objectives, policies, and the Christian spirit of the school. Applicants must meet academic requirements and regulations stated in the Student Handbook. SMU may validly refuse admission of an applicant for such reasons as sub-standard academic performance, lack of physical and moral fitness, and other reasons decided by administration.


Students admitted in SMU are classified by degree programs and curriculum year levels.



1.        Admission Test

Applicants for admission are required to take the SMU College Entrance Test (CET). Those who obtain a CET score of at least 90 (average I.Q.) are admitted to the board courses, such as Accountancy, Education, Engineering, Architecture, Nursing, Psychology and Criminology.


Those who obtain a score below 90 may be admitted to the non-board courses. However, those who fail to make it to the board courses may apply for admission to the board courses at the beginning of summer of their first school year if they get a General Weighted Average (GWA) of at least 82% (QPI–2.5), have no grade below 80% (QPI–2.75) in Math and English and if they meet the other entrance policies of the board courses. The Academic Dean's screening committee screens the applicants through interview and scrutiny of their high school grades and CET scores.



2.        Other Requirements

a.        Must submit the following:

o Original Form 137 or 138 (Report Card) not canceled but marked “eligible for admission to College”

o Authenticated copy of birth certificate from NSO

o Certificate of Good Moral Character from the school last attended

b.        Must submit results of school physical examination.

c.        Must enroll in any of the NSTP components in their first year in the University.



1.        Transferees from other schools are admitted only after they have shown valid credentials and after a thorough screening by the Academic Deans. They are required to take the SMU College Entrance Test (CET) at the Guidance and Testing Office.

2.        The other requirements for admission are:

a.        Must have passed 75% of all subjects taken in the last school attended.

b.        Must be able to submit the following credentials / documents upon enrollment:

o A certificate of Honorable Dismissal or transfer credentials

o A certified true copy of academic records, or complete copies of final grades for evaluation purposes

o Birth Certificate (photocopy) from the NSO

o A certificate of Good Moral Character from the school last attended

3.        Transferees are considered enrolled on probation for one semester and may be asked to sign an individual affidavit of good behavior. They must meet the admission requirements of the course they want to enroll in and are required to attend the orientation program for transferees.



1.        Must follow regular procedures and schedule of enrollment published on the bulletin boards.

2.        Should not have dropped all subjects whether officially or not during a semester or should not have discontinued his/her studies for one or more semesters, without valid reason or prior permission, otherwise he/she will be required to go to the Admissions Officer for re-admission.

3.        Must not have a case pending with the Arbitration Board of the school or with any court. Students with such pending case cannot be re-admitted for the next term or summer, unless they have been given clearance by the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Services for Men/Women. A student who has been suspended will not be re-admitted unless he/she secures clearance from the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Services for Men/Women.



1.        Admission to SMU shall be limited to the following qualifications:

  1. Bona fide citizens of other countries without any pending civil or criminal case and have no police record.
  2. Must at least be 18 years old when they enroll in SMU.
  3. Must not have obtained any failing mark in their secondary or college studies.
  4. Must have finished their secondary education abroad (equivalent to senior high school).
  5. Student applicants who earned college units shall be considered as transferees and thus are likewise covered by University policies on transferees (see Section 2.b. above).


2.        For Foreign Students who are still abroad

  1. Upon receipt of the appropriate documents and application fee from the student-applicant who is still abroad, the Office of the Registrar issues a Notice of Acceptance (NOA) signed by the University President.
  2. The Registrar or his/her duly authorized representative submits the documents to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Manila.
  3. The DFA sends the documents to the Philippine Foreign Service Post (PFSP) at the applicant’s country of origin and requires the applicant to present him/herself at the PFSP for a personal interview.
  4. After the PFSP approves the student’s application, the DFA sends notice to the accepting HEI on the issuance of student visa to the applicant, copy furnished Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Bureau of Immigration (BI), NICA.
  5. The applicant comes to the Philippines, reports to the Bureau of Immigration, and later to the school.
  6. The registrar or his/her duly authorized representative assists the applicant in obtaining the Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) and Certificate of Residence for Temporary Students (CRTS) from the Bureau of Immigration.


3.        Study Permit for Foreign Students Already in the Philippines using another kind of visa:

a.        The student-applicant submits the following documents:

o Duly notarized letter request from the applicant;

o Duly notarized General Application Form accomplished by the applicant (BI Form No. MCL-07-01);

o Original copy of the Notice of Acceptance (NOA) containing a clear impression of the school’s official dry seal or a duly notarized written endorsement from the school for the conversion of the applicant’s status signed by the school’s Registrar;

o 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;

o Plain photocopy of applicant’s passport bio-page, latest admission and authorized stay;

o National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Clearance;

o Bureau of Immigration (BI) Clearance Certificate; and

o Transcript of Record – Red Ribbon.

b.        The Office of the Registrar issues a NOA signed by the President, if the documents submitted are in order.

c.        The Registrar or his/her duly authorized representative accompanies the student to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for the change/conversion of admission status of an alien to that of a student.


4.        Trans-National Students

Students in the Transnational Education (TNE) Program apply for admission through the representative / operator agency in the foreign country. All admission requirements apply. They should satisfy all admission requirements that apply to resident students. All TNE students must demonstrate working proficiency in speaking English.


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