INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS PROGRAM

The Office of the International Students Program (ISP) under the Student Affairs Services assists foreign students in obtaining their study permits and student visas, and in their accommodations and arrivals, as well as in their academic and social adjustments at the University.

All communications regarding foreign students aside from admission matters should be addressed to the Head of the Student Affairs Services.

PROCEDURE FOR FOREIGN STUDENT APPLICANTS

Foreign students who wish to enroll at John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) should apply not later than 6 months before the start of the academic term; July for the 1st semester, December for the 2nd semester, and May for summer term. Moreover, they should be in Iloilo City at least 2 weeks before the start of classes of the academic term for the Qualifying Examination and Personality Test. All incoming freshmen foreign students shall also undergo and pass the English Proficiency Test and Personality Test.

TWO OPTIONS for a foreign student to secure a valid Student VISA

OPTION A: Student VISA Application while the Student is in his Home Country

1.    A foreign student applies directly to JBLFMU at least six (6) months before the start of any semester/term,

For the     1st semester - July
                           2nd semester - December
                  Summer - May

2.    The student-applicant has to send to JBLFMU the following documents/ requirements.
NOTE: Requirements 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 must be authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post in the student's country of residence, with the Embassy's official stationery and diplomatic red ribbon and dry seal attached to each:  

2.1. Six (6) copies of the student's Personal History Statement (PHS), duly accomplished and signed by the applicant in English and in his national alphabet, accompanied by his personal seal, if any;  his original left and right thumbprints on the PHS; and an original (2x2) photo in plain white background taken not more than 6 months prior to submission

2.2. Official transcript of records (2 copies), duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the applicant's country of origin or legal residence. "SEEN and NOTED" stamp is not acceptable.

2.3. A notarized Affidavit of SUPPORT and proof of adequate financial support (such as bank certificates) or notarized Notice of Grant for Institutional scholars to cover the expenses of the student while studying

2.4. Photo copy of the student's passport showing his name, photo, birthdate and birthplace, and birth certificate or its equivalent duly authenticated by the Phil. Embassy

2.5. JBLFMU application fee. (Checks should be payable to JBLFMU).

3.    Upon receipt of the above documents, JBLFMU shall forward the same to the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and shall issue to the student-applicant, a Notice of Acceptance.  

In addition to the documents submitted to the DFA, the student shall submit the following requirements to the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in his home country upon the receipt of the Notice of Interview:  

    * Original copy of the JBLFMU's Notice of Acceptance (NOA) containing a clear Impression of the school's dry seal, addressed to the student
    * Police Clearance issued by the National Police Authorities in the student's country of origin or legal residence, authenticated by the Phil. Foreign Service Post having consular jurisdiction over the place
    * Medical Health Certificate issued by an authorized physician including standardized chest x-ray

4.    Upon arrival in the Philippines, the student reports to the National Quarantine Office in Manila for his Quarantine Clearance. He will then proceed to the Bureau of Immigration (Student Desk) at Intramuros, Manila for registration and for the issuance of his Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR I-Card) and Certificate of Temporary Residence for Students (CTRS).

5.    Having satisfied the initial qualifications and submitted the application requirements, the applicant shall undergo and must pass the Intelligence Test, Personality Test and Interview. The appropriate fee shall be paid to the Accounting Office.  

NOTE: Foreign applicants from non-English speaking countries, must show proof of proficiency in English language such as TOEFL, IELTS, or other certificates. Applicants who fail the English Proficiency Test are to undergo a five-month English Proficiency Program. After completion of the Program, they shall re-take the English Proficiency Test and should pass the same.

IMPORTANT: The student should not come to the Philippines with a tourist visa but should wait for his student visa in his home country.

OPTION B: Conversion of Tourist VISA to Student VISA in the Philippines

1.    Since it takes months for a foreign student to apply for a student visa while he is in his home country, he can apply for admission to JBLFMU by sending an application letter together with a photocopy of his transcript of records. If he qualifies for admission based on his transcript, he can come to the Philippines with a tourist visa two weeks before classes start.

2.    He should bring with him all of the following documentary requirements for the conversion of his tourist visa (9a) into a student visa (9f):  
    1. Joint letter request addressed to the Commissioner from the authorized representative of the petitioning school and applicant, using the school letterhead with dry seal
    2. Duly accomplished CGAF (BI Form 2014-00-003 Rev 0)
    3. Photocopy of passport bio-page and latest admission with valid authorized stay
    4. Notice of acceptance of the applicant bearing a clear impression of the school’s official dry seal
    5. Endorsement addressed to the Commissioner from the school for the conversion of the applicant’s status, signed by the School Registrar
    6. Photocopy of passport page bearing the valid Bureau of Quarantine Clearance and International Health Surveillance stamp
    7. 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 dangerous, contagious or loathsome disease and is mentally fit
    8. CHED endorsement for transfer and shifting of course, if applicable
    9. Photocopy of BI school accreditation ID of the registrar or school representative
    10. National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Clearance
    11. BI Clearance Certification

3.    The student submits the above requirements to JBLFMU and pays the application fee.

4.    After having complied with all the requirements, the Registrar endorses the student's application for the conversion of his tourist visa (9a) to a student visa (9f) with the Bureau of Immigration through JBLFMU Representative.

5.    Having satisfied the initial qualifications and submitted the application requirements, the applicant shall undergo and must pass the Intelligence Test, Personality Test and Interview. The appropriate fee shall be paid to the Accounting Office.  
NOTE: Foreign applicants from non-English speaking countries must show proof of proficiency in English language such as TOEFL, IELTS, or other certificates. Applicants who fail the English Proficiency Test are to undergo a five-month English Proficiency Program. After completion of the Program, they shall re-take the English Proficiency Test and should pass the same.

IMPORTANT: The student shall be required to pay all the fees assessed by the Bureau of Immigration for the conversion of his visa (from tourist to student.)

The International Student Program of John B Lacson Colleges Foundation Maritime University (ISP-JBLFMU) provides for the study of English and Foreign Languages and promotes collaboration for research, education and community outreach efforts in languages, literatures and culture. Moreover, the Institute designs interdisciplinary programs to help students acquire proficiency in the social, cultural and linguistic skills development of the country for their adjustment.

Basic Services
1.    The ISP prepares and implements Special and/or Intensive Language Programs or Courses for International or Foreign students who are non- English speakers and who would like to improve their English proficiency and skills for professional, academic, religious or personal purposes.

2.   The Institute offers Language Programs and Services that can be tailor-designed to meet group and/or individual needs.

3.  The Institute promotes cooperation with local and international institutions in the areas of second/foreign language and culture training.

Programs/Courses

English Proficiency Program
        EPP is a five month program, designed for non-English speaking foreign students who would like to enroll at JBLFMU but who are deficient or have acquired little proficiency in the English Language.
        Foreign students who come from countries where English is a Second Language and whose English proficiency is deficient are enjoined to take the course

The program promotes facility of the learners in the target language to prepare them for their academic studies and to equip them with intercultural awareness as they develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Intensive English Program

The program provides the highest-quality academic English training to speakers of other languages. With IEP, you gain much more than simple conversation skills: You receive a thorough foundation in university-level English to develop abilities in speaking, listening, reading, academic writing, pronunciation and grammar, as well as a social and academic orientation to life.

Students who need help with English language before they enter mainstream classes will undertake a tailored program that has been formulated to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills across all subject areas. The program equips students to participate fully in class work and teaches them study skills that will help them to progress through their courses.

                               
NANCY ROSE RICO-PELOPERO
SAS Head, JBLFMU-Molo, Inc.