There is no shortage of successful Cambodians in the public and private sectors who have completed their university education in the Philippines.
With the launching by the Philippines Embassy of the Cambodia-Philippines Alumni Network (CPAN) in April 2016, a total of 159 members have been registered, and still counting.
When asked why they chose to study in the Philippines, the answers are almost always similar: the Philippines offers high quality education (with classes conducted entirely in the English language) in the Asia Pacific region, without the sky-high school fees and intimidating cost of living.
Most importantly, Cambodians will not feel like a foreigner in the Philippines.
Indeed, for Cambodian students, living and studying in the Philippines can feel like a “home away from home”. Filipino and Khmer people have similar preferences in food and flavours, entertainment and fashion. The people are friendly, open and sincerely caring of others. Very little time is needed to adjust to the climate and culture of the country. Just unpack your suitcases and you are ready to hit the campus.
Getting an education in the Philippines is a gateway to brighter opportunities in both the private and public sector. English is the medium of instruction in all subjects.
From business, medical, engineering, agriculture, architecture, and aviation – Philippine educational institutions offer courses in all areas that Cambodian students may be interested in. Thousands of students from Korea, Japan, China, India, the United States and even from the African continent among many others, are now studying in the Philippines, and many more applications are being received by various universities and colleges every year.
The Philippine Embassy in Cambodia held the first Philippine Education Fair at the Intercontinental Hotel in Cambodia in April 2016. The next one scheduled for the last quarter of this year promises to have a broader participation of universities offering a wider array of courses.
During President Duterte’s State Visit to Cambodia last December, he announced the Philippine offer of 60 fully-funded scholarships and trainings on science and engineering for Cambodian students. This human resource capacity building programme is being implemented through the Department of Science and Technology of the Philippines, in partnership with the Philippine Embassy, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Philippines-Cambodia diplomatic relations this year.
The scholarships include tuition fees, monthly stipend, book allowance, transportation and group insurance, health insurance, thesis and dissertation grants and round trip air fare.
For more information, visit the Philippine Embassy website: