Having learned English as a second language, Filipinos in general speak the language with an accent. For the most part, they speak American English. However, not many Filipino teachers can speak like native speakers, and their students are sometimes not able to understand them because of their accent. At CIA, though, teachers speak with almost a neutral accent to slightly accented English. Their way of speaking is clear enough for the students.
Despite the low level of English proficiency, complete novices or beginners are trainable. CIA offers man-to-man beginner classes to help them advance through the higher levels until they attain the proficiency level required for one to study abroad.
CIA is presently located in A.S. Fortuna Street, Mandaue City. AS Fortuna is a lively street lined with restaurants, convenience stores, and wellness spas. Also, a nearby shopping mall is within walking distance of the school.
SSP or Special Study Permit is a special enrollment permit issued by the Philippine government to foreign students so that they can legally study in the Philippines. All students who wish to enroll at CIA must secure the said permit.
A visa extension is required of foreigners staying in the country for over thirty (30) days or five (5) weeks. For your information, a tourist visa, which is valid for thirty (30) days, is free of charge. Such kind of visa requires a return ticket, and the tourist’s passport should be valid during his or her stay in the country plus six (6) months or more. A student enrolled in CIA with a tourist visa is allowed to stay for four (4) weeks or less. However, for students who wish to extend their stay, the staff will assist them in getting a visa extension.
Studying in the Philippines has many benefits. First, a student can learn the English language at a very affordable price, which is considerably lower than the cost of studying in Western countries. Second, man-to-man classes are long enough and are paced to make sure that one achieves proficiency and that the learning objectives are met. Third, a studentcan have many opportunities to use English in communication since the locals use it, too, in everyday situations, such as shopping and eating at restaurants. Finally, a student not only can have a fulfilling student life but also can enjoy other things that the country can offer, such as the famous beaches in Cebu.
The Philippines has a tropical climate. It is warm throughout the year; the country’s average annual temperature is around 27ºC. The rainy season lasts from June to October, while the dry season is from November to May. Other regions in the country like Cebu, though, may experience very rainy or very sunny weather throughout the year. For this type of climate, it is fine to wear summer clothes and accessories like sunglasses and hats, all of which can be purchased at local shopping malls and markets. When the weather is very hot, people frequent places with air-conditioning like shopping malls.
Compared to Japan, Cebu has passable security. Public safety has improved in the province; few violent crimes are committed that it is easier to live there than in any other areas in the Philippines. In general, though, the gap between the rich and the poor in the country is large. Robberies and burglaries, as well as casualties, are common. Tourists then should follow basic precautions, such as staying in instead of going out at midnight and keeping their bags tightly close in public places. At CIA there is 24-hour security. Only students, teachers, and other staff members are allowed to enter the school premises. For safety, students observe necessary precautions when they go out.
In general, medical services for foreigners in the Philippines are expensive, so you should get insurance for possible emergencies. You may catch a cold because of sudden change in weather or have a stomachache from eating exotic food or drinking water or contract a disease peculiar to Southeast Asia (e.g., dengue). Also, it is possible that you can meet a road accident. Although there has been a few of these cases, it’s highly recommended that students get health insurance.
On average one’s expenses total around $150 per month. The expenses exclude school-related fees like SSP (special study permit), dormitory deposit, visa extension fee, and electricity bill, all of which are to be paid after the orientation on the first day. Some people who do not eat out or go sightseeing spend about $50 a month for daily necessities only. However, those who enjoy recreational activities like scuba diving, golfing, and traveling should prepare a little more than $500. Also, one should set aside pocket money for the entire stay. On the first day at CIA, Students will be accompanied by a staff member and will go to the money exchanger at the nearby mall to change his or her money to Philippine peso.
Please pay attention to your baggage allowance. Pack only the bare essentials. Do not bring liquids, such as shampoo, rinse, and lotion, anymore. Upon your arrival in the country, you can go to a shopping mall near CIA for your needs. Also, pack clothes enough for at least a week, including casual and travel clothes. Bring light, inexpensive ones that can be regularly washed. (For your information, CIA offers laundry services to its students.)
Filipinos are generally optimistic and cheerful. They are mostly Catholic, so they uphold Christian values and beliefs. Also, they are very good at communicating with foreigners, making them suitable English teachers.
Approach, competence, and support are vital to the success of Philippine language training. CIA currently takes a student-centered approach to teaching English. With the students in mind, the school uses up-to-date and suitable materials for language instruction and continues to develop and improve its courses and assessments. Also, CIA employs competent teachers, who are skilled at both using and teaching the language. Using appropriate strategies and techniques, they provide meaningful learning experiences to their students according to their level and needs. Lastly, CIA provides excellent student support where staff members are hard at work to make the students’ stay pleasant and enjoyable while studying.
Of course. A student-centered approach to teaching English, which is used by CIA, would be very beneficial to a student of any level even if he or she can hardly speak English. At CIA a new student will take a test to determine his or her level of English proficiency then attend classes that cater to that level. Classes are designed for students of different levels, from beginner to master’s level, and they are from Mondays through Fridays.
Yes, although you are not allowed to change any of your classes in the first week so that you can get used to your life at CIA. You can take any other class (e.g., Native or CNN, or a different group or activity class) or course (e.g., TOEIC, IELTS, Business, Working Holiday based on the start dates which are once a month) that you wish. (Courses have different fees, though for any course change, you must pay the additional fee. Also, you need to take a test that determines your level before taking the course.)Once you are decided to switch to another class or course, you must follow our procedure of picking priority number for class changes and checking the start dates of other courses.
The CIA dormitory has single, double, and triple rooms. Each room is air-conditioned. It has a refrigerator, a hot/cold shower, a toilet, and a washbasin. All rooms are furnished with beds, study desks, and lockers. A water dispenser is in the corridor. Also, the rooms have Wi-Fi, though access during breaks and after classes might be limited or poor because many users are trying to gain access.
Besides the CIA dormitory, one can choose any of the following:
The Orchard Cebu Hotel and Suites
Address: A.S Fortuna Street, Bakilid, Mandaue City, Cebu
The rooms in this hotel are air-conditioned, and they have Wi-Fi. Each room has a bed, a closet, a desk, a safe, a TV, a refrigerator, hot shower, toilet, and a washbasin.
Address: F. Cabahug St., Subangdaku, Mandaue City
Rooms are air-conditioned, and they have Wi-Fi. Each one has a bed, a closet, a desk, a TV, a refrigerator, a hot shower, a toilet, and a washbasin. Guests of the hotel can use the swimming pool.
Address: A. S. Fortuna St, Mandaue City
Condominium unit details:
The unit is air-conditioned and has Wi-Fi. It has the following: bed, closet, desk, dining table, refrigerator, hot shower, toilet, washbasin, hair dryer, microwave oven, cooking heater, and kitchen utensils. Also, the condominium has an outdoor pool and fitness gym.
Yes. Enrollment usually takes place on a Monday. If a holiday falls on that day, the enrollment is on the next day (Tuesday). Also, depending on the course, enrollment takes place once a month. If you would like to take the TOIEC or the IELTS course, you should check the opening day of the course.
On their first day at CIA, students take the level test and attend an orientation.
Graduation of students is on a Friday. After graduation students check out of the dormitory usually the next day (Saturday sometimes Sunday). If there would be a problem about getting plane tickets, the students might leave on the day of graduation. In case a student requests that his or her stay be extended, he or she should contact the administration.
CIA dormitory rooms are cleaned once a week (twice if there is available housekeeping). During the cleaning day, bed linens are replaced, floor is swept and mopped, and the restrooms are cleaned. To those who are staying in a hotel, the hotel has its own cleaning services. For those who are staying in Midori Premium Residences, we provide cleaning two times a week.
CIA offers a free laundry service. Students may avail of the service twice a week and pick up 2-3 days after deposit. The service is for regular type of clothes and not for specialty and overly sensitive fabric. We use regular detergent which may cause shrinking or discoloration to clothes that need special care. Therefore, it’s a good idea to leave those types of clothing to an expert. Because we care for your clothes like our own, compensation is provided in case of damage up to Php200 or loss of up to P500.
CIA serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals daily to its students. It serves meals of Western food (e.g., bread, egg, soup, salad), Korean food (e.g., porridge, vegetable dishes, fruits), Japanese food (e.g., beef bowl, squid fry, soup), and Taiwanese food (e.g., white rice, simmered pork, croquette, soup), and recently more on International cuisine by our Chef with almost 30 years of culinary experience to accommodate all the different nationalities here at CIA.
CIA uses a Semi-Sparta system. In this system students attend classes on Mondays through Thursdays, 8:00–18:00, and on Fridays, 8:00–17:10. They take the daily test before the first period of the day. Saturdays and Sundays are free. On their free days they can go diving or island hopping, or they can enjoy buffets at restaurants and hotels.
All students have to strictly observe the curfew hours: Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 PM (On days without classes the following day, the curfew is 12 o'clock; on days with classes the following day, curfew is 10 am.) • Friday and Saturday: 12:00 AM
Nurses at CIA are always on duty on weekdays, 8:00–18:00. A qualified doctor comes to CIA on Wednesdays to hold a consultation with the students. He can speak a little Japanese. If there is any unclear information during the consultation, staff members are standing by to help clarify it.
In case the patient shows serious symptoms, a staff member will take him or her to a nearby hospital to receive emergency care.
Also, it is advisable that one studying abroad should obtain an international travel insurance for emergencies.
Yes we have many International Staff to cater to our Students. We have a manager for each nationality here at CIA to make sure that if anything happens that the Student is able to speak in his/her native language to the manager. So there is no need to worry as we have a great system to make sure your stay here at CIA and Cebu is safe and comfortable as possible.
The amount of cash that you should bring depends on how long you are going to stay at CIA. Your money should cover school-related fees like SSP (special study permit), dormitory deposit, visa extension fee, and electricity bill, all of which are to be paid after the orientation on your first day at CIA. Those who do not eat out or go sightseeing spend about $150 a month for daily necessities only. However, those who enjoy recreational activities like scuba diving, golfing, and traveling should prepare a little more than $500 on top of $200 for extra expenses depending on what you would like to do. So, you should set aside pocket money for your entire stay. On your first day at CIA, a staff member will accompany you to a money exchanger at a nearby mall to change your money to Philippine peso.
CIA is located in Mandaue City, a safe city within a ten-minute drive from Cebu City, the capital of Cebu province. Also, the school is surrounded by a high wall. The security guards are on duty 24/7, and they are stationed at the gate and do roving regularly. Upon entry every student, teacher, and staff member is required to present his or her ID card and to log in through fingerprint authentication. With security in place, outsiders cannot easily enter the school.
Yes. The nearest one is located within 5-minute walking distance of CIA. Also, there is a 7-Eleven store near J Centre Mall, a nearby shopping mall (only 450 meters away from the school), and many restaurants.
In the Philippines, English is used as one of its official languages. The government, schools, and different establishments generally use English as their medium of communication. In schools the language is mainly used as the medium of instruction. With such exposure to the language, Filipinos in general get more than average scores in TOEIC, IBT in the Asian region.
Different kinds of English, such as the British English, the American English, the Canadian English, and the Australian English, are used in different parts of the world. It is difficult then to identify which pronunciation is the best one to learn. Nonetheless, teachers at CIA continue to improve their English skills through tests and trainings. Also, there are native speakers who teach English courses at CIA. Students can join those courses to learn pronunciation and practical expressions.
Philippine goods and services vary in price. For instance, taxi fare starts at 40 pesos, equivalent to about $.79, which is cheaper than a taxi fare in the USA, Japan, and Korea. Depending on the spa, massages cost around 250 to 300 pesos per hour, which is about $5. Soft drinks and beers are cheap, but coffee costs about the same as anywhere else (meaning like Starbucks, Bo’s Coffee, and Coffee Factory).
Your passport must be valid during your stay plus six months (or more). Also, you need a Special Study Permit (SSP), a special enrollment permit issued by the Philippine government to foreign students; a visa extension if you are staying in the country for over thirty (30) days; and an alien registration card called ACR I-Card if you are staying for more than sixty (60) days. For students enrolled at CIA, the staff will assist you in obtaining the requirements.
SSP or Special Study Permit is a special enrollment permit issued by the Philippine government to foreign students so that they can legally study in the Philippines. For students enrolled at CIA, rest assure that the school will act on behalf of them to obtain the permit.
Many International favorites like McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, 7-Eleven, MUJI, and Daiso can be found in most malls. At SM Mall one can purchase some International products like miso soup and sprinkle, sweets, and seasonings, though they are a slightly expensive.
The doctor who comes to CIA will check a student’s insurance during the consultation.His or her credit card supplementary foreign insurance applies. Also, his or her insurance should cover any examination or treatment at a hospital. However, one should verify the coverage of his or her insurance before going abroad by calling the insurance company. For instance, dental checkup in the Philippines are often expensive; it costs a patient around $20. So, one is advised to go to his or her dentist for a checkup or a treatment before leaving abroad.
Electronic dictionaries, International reference books, foreign made medicines (non USA), and other International products are difficult to find in the Philippines. So, students going abroad are advised to bring their personal things with them if necessary. Other necessities are available in the country.