VISA APPLICATION AND ADMISSION PROCESS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT
(IF APPLICANT IS IN FOREIGN COUNTRY)
All incoming undergraduate first year and transfer applicants must secure an entrance Examination application form (Form 1-ACAT) from the Admission Office, Jubilee Hall, Jacinto Campus. Submit the completed application form to the Admission Office. The application fee for foreign applicants from high schools abroad and international students is US$ 500.00. The Ateneo College Admission Test covers the areas of Mathematics, English, and general intelligence. The Foreign Student Admission Officer will interview the applicant fourteen (14) days after the applicant has taken the examination. Only afterwhich can a notice of acceptance (NOA) or notice of non-acceptance be claimed from the Admissions Office in person.
Non-Filipino undergraduate or graduate applicants must comply with the immigration requirements of the Republic of the Philippines. Please inquire immediately from the Philippine Consulate/Embassy in the country of origin. The Ateneo education aspires to produce men and women who will render service to the country. Thus, priority is given to students who have greater likelihood of having the Philippines as their base after graduation. All international students shall pay an annual fee of US$600.00 in the first semester. Exemptions are granted to special exchange students, nondegree students, students on audit as well as religious missionaries and Filipino expatriates. A valid passport must be presented.
(1) Applicant takes the Ateneo College Admission Test (ACAT) in the Ateneo de Davao University, Jacinto St., Davao City, Philippines. Fill out the Application for Ateneo College Admission Tests.
For schedule of examinations, please call the Admission Office at +63 (82) 221-2411 local 8302/ 8303 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the international student applicant has taken SAT 1 in U.S. or other countries, the SAT 1 result must be presented or sent to the Admission Director in lieu of the Ateneo College Admission Test. SAT I must have been taken within the last two years prior to application. The applicant, however, will still take the ACAT once he/she is in Davao City.
(2) Fill out 1998 Revised Original Personal History Statement (PHS) Form (Application Form for International Students). Submit six (6) copies of the form duly accomplished and signed by the applicant in English.
(3) Foreigners and non-resident Filipinos accepted to the Ateneo must inquire from the Philippine Embassy/Consulate of country of origin for student visa requirements and processing.
(4) An Letter of Acceptance is given by the Admission Director and the University Registrar to the applicant after the admission test results are available and admissions documents are available. The following documents must be submitted:
(4a) Transcript of Records or Scholastic Records duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in applicant’s country of origin or legal residence;
(4b) Notarized Affidavit of Support and a Proof of Adequate Financial Support (Certification of Finances with available funds equivalent to US$2,463.00) to cover expenses incidental to studies in Ateneo de Davao University, authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in applicant’s country of origin or legal residence;
(4c) Photocopy of Passport pages where name, photo, date and place of birth, appear;
International student applicants are strongly urged to submit the required documents to the Admission Office before the following dates:
January 15 – for enrolment in the first semester
June 30 – for enrolment in the second semester
September 15 – for summer enrolment
The Admission Office may not be able to process applications that are not submitted on time or have incomplete information or requirements.
(5) Applicant obtains the Notice of Acceptance (NOA) from the University Registrar and the Letter to Director, Visa Division, Office of Consular Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs. The Letter to Director of Visa Division will be handcarried by the University Liaison Officer to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Manila for processing.
(6) Before leaving the Philippines, applicant must submit two (2) photocopies of the following to the Admission Office:
(6a) 1998 Revised Original Personal History Statements;
(6b) Transcript of Records duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in applicant’s country or origin or legal residence;
(6c) Notarized Affidavit of Support and a Proof of Adequate Financial Support (Bank Certificate with available fund equivalent to US$1,941) to cover expenses incidental to studies in Ateneo de Davao University, authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in applicant’s country of origin or legal residence;
(6d) Letters of recommendations from previous school attended: Dean or Director of Student Affairs, Guidance Counsellor and a professor.
(6e) A photocopy of Passport pages where name, photo, birthdate, and birthplace appear.
(7) Applicant goes back to his country of origin or legal residence.
(8) Applicant goes to Philippine Embassy or Consulate for interview in applicant’s country of origin or legal residence. The following documents must be submitted to the Philippine Foreign Service Post:
(8a) Original Copy of Notice of Acceptance (NOA) from the Ateneo de Davao University Registrar;
(8b) Police Clearance issued by the national police authorities in country of origin authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post having consular jurisdiction over the place;
(8c) Medical Health Certificate issued by an authorized physician including but not limited to standard-size chest x-ray, HIV, hepatitis B clearance. The Consular Office shall not assume the task of determining the student’s scholastic fitness for the program applied for and shall issue the student visa as soon as all the requirements are accomplished.
(9) The Philippine Embassy may issue at its discretion student visa classified as 9(f) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940.
(10) Applicant goes to the Davao City, Philippines using the student visa and immediately reports to the Bureau of Immigration student desk for registration. The foreign students will pay immigration fees and obtains the Alien Certificate of Registration i-Card (ACR i-Card). The Bureau of Immigration-Davao District is located in front of Victoria Plaza Mall, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Bajada, Davao City, Philippines.
(11) The foreign student reports to the to the University Foreign Admission Desk of Ateneo de Davao University. The foreign student presents to the Office the sealed documents from the Philippine Embassy.
(12) The other sealed documents must be submitted to the Quarantine Office. The foreign student shall submit ten (10) copies of 2×2 photos.
(13) A photocopy of Passport where name and photo appear, student visa, and ACR i-Card must be submitted to the Foreign Student Admission Desk prior to registration and enrollment. International students, however, are not eligible for financial aid.
(14) This procedure is subject to change without notice pursuant to changes that may be imposed by the University or the proper government authority of the Republic of the Philippines. Also, this procedure covers only the issuance of 9(f) student visa in Philippine Consular Offices. Conversion of visa to student visa is not covered by this procedure.
For more information, please contact:
THE ADMISSION AND AID DIRECTOR
Ateneo de Davao University
8016 Davao City
Tel +63 (82) 221.2411 local 8303 [Telephone available only from 8AM to 5PM PHT (+8:00 GMT)]
Fax +63 (82) 226.4116