International Applicants

Information for International Applicants

An international applicant/student is a citizen of a country other than the Philippines. The PhD Program welcomes applications for admission from international applicants who have already completed a master's degree. These applicants should take the GRE and TOEFL exams in lieu of the DPAT. The application process to be followed and the list of required documents to submitted can be found in the admission page.


All international applicants must take the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). They should contact the regional office of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the company which administers the GRE, or visit their website at and ask to have scores sent to the University of the Philippines Cesar E. A. Virata School of Business, (code 1607). For the GRE score report to reach us before the April application deadline, applicants should take the GRE before February.


International applicants except those with bachelor's degrees from the US, UK, New Zealand and Australian Universities must demonstrate fluency in English by taking the TOEFL (code B151), also administered by ETS.

Visa & Immigration Information

Financing and Aid

At present, financial aid from VSB is not available for international students. Hence students from other countries must be able to show the financial viability of studying in the Philippines. A certification of finances must be submitted along with supporting documents detailing the sources of funds. The certification of finances form can be downloaded here. The estimated annual cost of PhD studies in the VSB is US$17,000.00. This includes board and lodging, tuition fees and books, health insurance, foreign student fees and air travel expense.

Housing in the Diliman campus

There are several lodging facilities/dormitories within the Diliman campus that accommodate graduate students..

For additional information about the PhD program, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page and the Student Handbook page.