University of Northern Philippines

University of Northern Philippines

The University of Northern Philippines (UNP) is a Government university in Barangay Tamag, in the City of Vigan in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. It is the first and oldest state university in Northern Luzon which offers low tuition fee, tracing its roots to 1906, which is older than the University of the Philippines by two years. It is the only state university in the province aimed for less-fortunate people and one of three state-owned educational institutions of higher learning operating in Ilocos Sur. . The college campus also has a restaurant which provides healthy food at a very reasonable price. The College provides separate hostel for boys and girls.

Advantages of Education in the Philippines

Education facilities are Excellent and of HIGH Quality Many US educated professionals are Teachers and Administrators in Philippines USA / American pattern of Education followed English is an Official Language of the Philippines – 100% English Medium Low fees – 50% lower than fees in Private Colleges in India Listed in WHO Directory – Eligible to practice in India post MCI registration Listed in IMED / FAIMER Directory – Eligible to do higher education in USA USMLE – Part I & II can be done in Manila & students can go to USA thereafter Listed in California Board of Medicine – eligible for jobs in California, USA Easily accessible from India with several daily flights to Manila Tropical Diseases similar to India – great for clinical training Indian food available Education gateway to countries like USA & UK Philippines has educated & sent 2nd largest number of foreign Doctors to USA Philippines has trained and sent the largest number of Nurses to USA & Canada Over 20,000 foreign students are enrolled in The Philippines

Opportunities For Global Growth

Opportunities to secure employment and residency in developed countries Education gateway to countries like the United States of America


Philippines is located in Southeast Asia. Nearby countries are Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia,Indonesia. It comprise of over 7000 islands. The main islands are Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Philippines is the world’s 12th most populous country with a population of 92 million. The Capital is Manila; a mega city with over 20 million population. Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found through the islands. Cultural influences are from Spain, US, Hindu & Islam. It is thought that The Philippines was part of the Hindu Java Kingdom in Century. 14th century Islam came. From 15th to 18th century it was ruled by Spain &Catholics;followed by America in 19-20th Century, with a brief period of Japanese occupation in World War II. The dominant religion is Catholic Christianity with 93% of the country following it. A Hindu temple /gurudwarais located in UN Avenue in Manila near Emilio Aguinaldo College. The Embassy of India is located in Manila.


Summer is from March to May. Monsoon is from June to October. November to February is cool with fair weather. Average day temperature, is 22.2 C to 3l.6 C with humidity at 77 percent.


Manila International Airport has several international flights from many countries. It is the gateway of international flights to Philippines. In Manila Buses, Jeepneys, LRT, and taxis are readily available in getting around the city.

English Language

The official languages in the Philippines are English and Filipino. All education is in the English medium. 95% of the population speaks English.Students going from India do not need to learn any local language to talk to patients – which they need to do if they go to China or Russia or other such countries.

Philippines is the 3rd largest English Speaking country in the World. After USA and UK; ahead of Canada, Australia and India

Highest English literate country in Asia

Mode of instruction in all Schools & Colleges is in English for all students English is commonly used in Business & Education communication.

Degree Awarded

MD or Doctor of Medicine, called MBBS in India. MCI gives MBBS registration in India as will UK, Singapore and Gulf authorities. In USA you will get a MD certification. What is known as MBBS in India and other commonwealth countries is called MD in the USA and in The Philippines.


The Medical course is patterned on USA. This gives a strong Advantage to medical professionals educated in the Philippines who are interested in the US.

USA Exchange

Students can go for clerkship rotations (internship rotations) to the USA from the Philippines. Some colleges have tie ups for this. Else students can source out their own rotations and get permission to go to the USA which will be given credit by the School for clerkship.


All students who study in the Philippines are eligible to give USMLE and go to the USA for practice after satisfying the norms needed for licensure and registration. The Medical Colleges are listed in IMED Directory (FAIMER Directory) and approved by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

California Board of Medicine

Colleges in the Philippines are listed in the California Board of Medicine’s Directory of approved International Medical Colleges. This means after passing from Philippines, qualifying USMLE and complying with other process they are automatically approved to register and practice in the State of California. California is the richest state in the USA and accounts for 13% of the Economy of the USA. Doctors here are amongst the highest paid in the USA.