As one of the largest English-speaking nations in the world, the Philippines is the smartest choice for a study destination. For a cheaper price, you get to experience the language and receive higher quality training. Compared to other destinations, weekly costs for study in the Philippines start at just 200 USD. But you get more than your money’s worth.

English schools in the Philippines mainly focus on 1:1 classes at low-cost. Distinct from all other study destinations, English programs in the Philippines have one student per teacher sessions. These involve real conversations with global English speakers. For an affordable price, students get more chances to talk in English and experience the language more intensively.

In addition, Philippine ESL schools provide good deals and special offers on course programs. More often than not, food and accommodation are already included in the package with a range of options to choose from. This depends on your selected program (General ESL, Exam Preparation, Business, Medicine, etc.) and your chosen type of accommodation (condominium, hotel, or a dormitory).

Special requests and other services are normally included in the package price. Choices on meals (full or half board basis) are available for no additional cost. Housekeeping and laundry services are already part of the package. Therefore, students in Philippine ESL schools do not need to worry about living arrangements and can focus on studying.

The estimated total cost for 4 weeks may range from 1,000 USD ~2,500 USD. This includes the following:

  • Entrance Fee
  • Course Fee
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Other Services (cleaning, laundry, etc.)

Travel Cost

The Philippine’s capital, Manila is considered as an air travel hub in Asia. Its airport, NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) houses major facilities of airline carriers both for international and domestic flights. Other international airports in the country are in Cebu and Pampanga. Smaller airports in Davao and Laguindingan may also have specific international routes.

Nevertheless, domestic flights are also not so expensive. Budget flights to your study destination are offered throughout the year. Major local carriers like Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia offer promo fares throughout the year .


The Philippine Bureau of Immigration requires foreign students to have an SSP (Special Study Permit). SSP costs around 120 USD. But, students may enter with a Tourist Visa alone and request the Philippine ESL school to process the required SSP and VISA update on his behalf. Most schools update the tourist VISA every 30 days for a minimal fee of 60 USD.

Living Cost

The cost of living in the Philippines is generally cheap. You can get a complete local meal for as low as 0.5USD. Most study destinations in the Philippines have neighbouring restaurants and cafes that serve both international and local cuisine. These areas are relatively near beaches and other tourist spots, as well as recreational spots for leisure. You can enjoy studying English while taking part of the social scene in the Philippines. All for an affordable price.