Foreign Transfer Students

Foreign students with credits for college-level coursework should meet the University requirements for transfer students.


  1. Must have taken and completed at least 33 academic units outside the University;
  2. Must satisfy the GWA requirement of the University of an absolute minimum GWA of 2.00 in all academic units taken outside the University;
  3. Will have to complete in the University not less than 50% of the units required for his program, 75% if running for honors;
  4. If transferring to a second degree, he must complete all professional courses and all third and fourth year subjects;
  5. The quota set by the Dean of the college concerned has not been filled up.

A College may require a higher weighted average than that prescribed above. The University accepts transferees every first semester of the academic year.

A TOEFL score of 500 (if paper based), or 173 (if computer based), or 61 (if Internet based) is also required of an applicant whose medium of instruction in school/s previously attended is not English.

If the applicant is transferring from another Philippine school, he should secure a permit to transfer from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Other Requirements/Regulations for Foreign Applicants
Only properly accomplished application forms with all the requirements listed below will be processed:

  1. Accomplished foreign application form (UP Form No. 3.1- revised 10-3);
  2. A non-refundable application fee of Php150 for resident foreign students and USD30 for non-resident foreign students in the form of a money order, cashier’s, or manager’s check payable to the University of the Philippines;
  3. Two (2) copies of one’s official transcript of records from each high school and college attended and official examination certificates, if any; For evaluation purposes, photocopies of records may be accepted provided that these are properly authenticated by the Department of Education or by duly designated authorities in the country of the applicant, otherwise the application will not be processed. Final admission will be subject to verification of documents submitted against original documents of credentials. Certified English translations should also be submitted, when necessary;
  4. Course syllabus, school catalog, and handbook of examination;
  5. Two (2) copies of certification from a reputable bank in the applicant’s country, his/her capability to finance the travel, educational, personal, and other expenses he/she is expected to incur in his/her studies in the Philippines;
  6. Proof of adequate financial support to cover expenses for the student’s accommodation and subsistence, as well as school dues and other incidental expenses;
  7. Official TOEFL results;
  8. Copy of birth certificate or passport, duly authenticated;
  9. Original Notice of Acceptance (NOA) bearing a clear impression of the University’s official dry seal;
  10. Scholastic records duly authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post located in the student’s country of origin or legal residence;
  11. Police Clearance Certificate issued by the National Police Authorities in the student’s country of origin or residence duly authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post having consular jurisdiction over the place for students who resided in the Philippines for less than fifty-nine (59) days; However, for a student who has resided in the Philippines for more than fifty-nine (59) days at the time of application for the change/conversion of his/her admission status to that of a student, s/he shall also be required to submit a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance;
  12. Quarantine Medical Clearance Certificate by the National Quarantine Office;
  13. Copy of the student’s Personal History Statement (PHS) signed by the student with a 2×2-inch photograph recently taken;
  14. Photocopies of the photo, date, and stamp of the latest arrival pages on the passport of the student. The passport itself shall be represented to the Bureau of Immigration for verification.

Credentials filed in support of the application become the property of the University of the Philippines and will not be returned to the applicant.

Advanced Credits (Transfer Students)

An undergraduate transfer student must validate all subjects he/she is offering for advanced credits at the rate of at least 18 units a semester within three semesters from the date of admission. The student’s admission will be on probation basis until he/she shall has validated or repeated, in accordance with this rule on validation of courses, all subjects taken outside UP which are required for his program. The student will not be allowed to enroll in a subject the prerequisites of which, taken elsewhere, have not yet been validated, or repeated, as the case may be.

UP Diliman Office of the University Registrar

T.M. Kalaw St. cor. Quirino St., University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City (local applicants) (foreign applicants and Filipinos studying abroad)
(632) 8981-8500
local 4556 (local applicants)
4557 (foreign applicants and Filipinos studying abroad)

Last Updated: 05 May 2024