For International Students

REQUIREMENTS FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS Admission to SMU shall be limited to the following qualifications: Bonafide citizens of other countries without any pending civil or criminal case and have no police record. Must at least be 18 years old when they enroll in SMU. Must not have obtained any failing mark in their secondary or college studies. Must have finished their secondary education abroad (equivalent to senior high school). 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). For Foreign Students who are still abroad 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. The Registrar or his/her duly authorized representative submits the documents to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Manila. 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. 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. The applicant comes to the Philippines, reports to the Bureau of Immigration, and later to the school. 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. Study Permit for Foreign Students Already in the Philippines using another kind of visa: The student-applicant submits the following documents: Duly notarized letter request from the applicant; Duly notarized General Application Form accomplished by the applicant (BI Form No. MCL-07-01); 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; 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; Plain photocopy of applicant’s passport bio-page, latest admission and authorized stay; National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Clearance; Bureau of Immigration (BI) Clearance Certificate; and Transcript of Record – Red Ribbon. The Office of the Registrar issues a NOA signed by the President, if the documents submitted are in order. 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. 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.

Contact Information

Information and Admissions Services (IAS)

1st Floor , Roger Tjolle Bldg.
Saint Mary’s University
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
Philippines, 3700

Tel. Number 

(078) 321-2221 

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