Frequently Asked Questions
1Why should I choose Philippine as a place to learn English?
- Man-to-Man Conversational Skill Training
2What kind of country the Philippine is? Is there an inconvenient or dangerous place?
The Philippines is the third largest English-speaking nation – after the US and the UK, as according to the Department of Tourism. With the relatively low living cost as compared to the western counterparts and other countries around the region such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan, the Philippines is fast becoming the world’s low-cost English language Cenre. There is a rapid increase in overseas students coming to learn English or study in English-speaking universities. Last year, the Philippines had nearly 60,000 foreign students from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, as well as Iran, Libya, Brazil and Russia. It is not a dangerous country else all foreign students will not dare to stay there.
3What is SSP? Must I have it?
SSP-stands for Special Student Permit (short term). The law stipulated that all students must have it.
4What should I prepare before I go there?
Passports, travel necessities, as well as adjusting to a good learning attitude.
5Could you please give me some suggestion before I visit your school?
Planning and scheduling, set the main study goals and objectives, as well as checking out tourist attractions intended to go.
6What kind of courses will the school offer?
ESL (Practical and intensive), TOEIC, IELTS
7How many people will there be in one class?
1 on 1 for 4 lessons per day, Group Class for 3-5 lessons/day with elective courses. The group class has generally 3-8 students.
8Could you please give me your daily and weekly time table?
It depends on the course chosen but it is usual to receive between 7 and 9 hours of class per day from Monday to Friday. One day of normal class would be as follows: Breakfast (7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.), 4 classes of 50 min. 1 to 1 or group classes (8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.), lunch buffet at the academy, 5 individual or group classes (13: 00-18: 00), dinner buffet (18: 00-19: 00). You can also do extra activities such as attending the “casual discussion” class, watching movies on Mondays and Wednesdays, dancing classes … among others. You will not get bored.
9Can you tailor the curriculum according to my needs?
Yes, but you must communicate with the 1 to 1 teachers. Also please state your learning objectives when doing the application.
10If I want to change courses or days when I am in Philippine, can I do so?
In CIEC, students have the chance to change courses and so on.
11If I have problems of adapting to teaching or text books, what should I do? Can I change?
12Can I choose textbooks that I am interesting in?
Yes, please state in the application form.
13If I want to continue studying, what formalities that I need to go through?
Inform the school representative.
14Are there any extracurricular activities of field trips?
Yes. Every last Friday of the month there is a volunteering activity. Also students and teachers will plan for weekend trips almost every week.
15Will it be safe when I staying in dorm?
There is a 24-hour security guard and monitoring system
16Will I meet people who are from other countries?
Yes. We have students coming from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Mainland China.
17Who can deal with my housing problem?
The School Manager
18Is there free internet or wifi in dorms?
19How many people will live in one room?
It depends, but can vary from 1 to 3. Please visit this campus introduction page for more information.
20What kinds of facilities are available in the dorm?
Bed, Own Bathroom, Air Conditioner, Shower, Desk, and etc.
21Can I do laundry or cooking there?
No, the school provides for everything.
22I speak poor English, who can I seek for help if I have any problem?
Most students here face the same problem. And it is for this reason that you have to communicate in English and then you can improve your English. However, there is a Chinese/Japanese/Korean manager in the school to help with some specific countries’ inquiries.
23How to make a phone call when I am in Philippine?
24How to make a phone call from overseas to Philippine?
Wifi Connection, or use the school phone.
25What is the living standard over there in Cebu? How much money should I prepare for living?
Not really high, it costs roughly P5000/month. But it depends on your personal spending behavior.
26Will the language school serve meals to student?
27How many choices of meal that I can choose?
Buffet-style – Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino food mainly.
28Where can I get daily supplies? Do I need to bring all of them from my own country?
Everywhere. Nearby of the school.
29Is the public transportation system convenient in Philippine?
Jeepney and Taxi are available at all time.
30What kind of public transports that I can use? How much per time? Can you offer me the map?
Jeepney P8 pesos per trip. Taxi cab from P40 pesos plugdown. Just tell the taxi driver the landmark building.
31If there’s no one to pick me up at the airport, what should I do?
Normally it will not happen. If it does, just take taxi to “Minoza Street, Barangay Tigbao, Talamban Cebu City, Philippines”. The school will refund the travel expense.
32Are there lots of self supporting facilities near the school?
Yes, there are supermarkets, McDonald’s, major shopping malls nearby.
33Does school offer shuttles for students? Where can I go by shuttles? How far away from the school?
Yes. Going to destinations based on itinerary.
34Do you have a dress code?
35What time will restaurant and stores close?
10pm. Except for the 24 hour restaurants such as McDonald’s.
36Is it dangerous at night time?
Hard to say. But there’s a curfew for the school to avoid any dangerous event from occurring. The curfew time is 11pm from Monday to Friday. No curfew on Saturday and Sunday.
37What kinds of words or gestures should I avoid to use in Philippine?
38Is there anything important about culture should I notice?
Just be polite and smile often
39What should I do if I get sick or be injured in Philippine? Can I apply for allowance?
The school has clinic and nurses. In the serious situation, the school will help to send the students to the hospitals, but no subsidies. So we strongly recommend all students to the insured.
40If I am stolen by pickpockets, what should I do?
First take care of your safety. Then look for the police station to help but the chance of getting back your wallet is slim. Just be extra vigilant all the time.
41If there is any accident or disaster happened, who can I seek for help?
School. The school will then contact the relevant parties.
42What should I do if I already don’t have enough money when I am in Philippine?
There is ATM and money changers everywhere.
43Can I withdraw money from a Taiwanese bank account in Philippine?
Yes. Just make sure you can withdraw money from overseas.
44What should I do if I lose my passport or visa?
Go to your own country Embassy based in Philippines
45Can I refund the fee after I paid?
Please check our refund policy.
46Can I transfer my courses to other people if I can’t participate permanently?
47If there is something serious disaster happened before departure, can I get the return fee back?
You can delay the departure.