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What should I bring with me as far as linen (beddings), utensils, and furniture?
The following furniture and appliances are standard provisions in married student housing or apartments:

  • Single beds or double beds, depending on the need
  • Foam mattresses and pillows
  • Built-in clothes closets
  • Refrigerator
  • Two-burner gas stove
  • Study table and chair
  • Bookcase
  • Study lamp
  • All beds come with one set of linen including a blanket for the first week. After one week, you will need to purchase your own linens and return them to Housing. If you keep them, you will be charged 100 pesos per month.

Student provides the following:

  • Kitchen and eating utensils
  • Additional bed sheets and pillowcases
  • Additional blanket
  • Towels

Some students prefer to bring these items to APTS from their own homes while others find it more convenient to purchase them upon arrival in Baguio. Department stores and the market downtown are excellent places to purchase all these basic items. Additional linen can be rented from the APTS housekeeping department.

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What else should I bring?

Several formal functions happen throughout the year at APTS. You might want to bring your national dress for the International Night and a formal outfit for the Christmas Banquet.

Considering also the weather, please bring sweaters and jackets. These will keep you comfortable and warm especially during the cooler rainy season.

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What is the weather in Baguio City?

The campus is located in a mountainous area with 10-28 degrees Celsius temperature all year round. The traditional rainy season runs from June to November.

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Where do students take their meals on campus?

Students living in the dormitories, typically take their meals at the cafeteria.  Breakfast is served from 6:15 to 8:00 am; lunch is from 11:30 to 1:30 pm; and dinner is from 4:45 to 6:00 pm. Meals are served seven days per week with the exception of Sunday lunch.

Students living in apartments have the option of cooking their own meals or eating in the cafeteria.

During the school year, various food items and snacks can be purchased from the "canteen," which is open from 7 pm to 11 pm. A mineral water dispenser and a microwave oven are also available for student use. All these are located at the lobby of Bethesda Hall.

A vending machine for beverages is also installed near the classrooms at the Hurst Building. The campus bookstore and gift shop have a good selection of food items and other necessities.

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What can I expect upon my arrival?

A city tour is scheduled during orientation week. However, before that, students living in apartments might lack the food items and supplies to cook their own meals. We suggest having your meals at the cafeteria during your first few days on campus.

If you arrive during business hours (8:00am-5: 00 pm, M-F; 8:00-12:00, Saturday) you should check with the housing office to get your room or apartment assignment. If you arrive outside of business hours, your key for your housing will be the guards at the front gate.

Coming to a new town or country can be an intimidating experience. Please be assured that the APTS family stands ready to assist and welcome you. Do not be afraid to ask for assistance if you need it. Remember, everyone on campus has been through this experience before!

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What will I need to process the appropriate visa for the length of my academic program at APTS?

After the standard 21-day visa granted to all visitors to the Philippines, most foreign students obtain a 9-G or missionary visa. The 9-G visa allows for an extended stay in the Philippines for the duration of your studies at APTS. To properly process this visa, please make sure you bring the following documents and items:

  • Birth certificate for you and all family members accompanying you.
  • Marriage certificate if you are married.
  • Two "2x2" photographs for you and each family member accompanying you (pictures should have a white background and you should be wearing a collared shirt and no eyeglasses).
  • An official document from your pastor certifying your ministry involvement in your local church. 

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How much money will I need for my immigration fees?

For a single student, approximately $300 to $500 for a year of stay in the Philippines. The amount would depend on the country of origin.

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How much cash should I bring with me?

Apart from travel, your initial expenses will include the purchase of school supplies and personal items (e.g., towels, utensils, etc.). Two hundred (US dollars) should be enough to cover initial basic expenses.

For a Filipino student taking 4 courses for three trimesters and living in a dormitory, approximately $3,500 for a year should be sufficient. For an international student who requires immigration fees, the average expense will be approximately $4,500.

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How do I communicate in the Philippines?

Filipinos in Manila and Baguio typically speak and understand English very well.

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Are there facilities for children?

An indoor playroom is provided on the campus for children of students and faculty members. Parents share in the supervision, organization, and operation of the facility. A fenced playground, equipped with swings and other such items, is provided for the use of children under parental supervision and control.

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Are there schools available for children?

International private schools are available and accessible to school age children of APTS students and faculty within Baguio City. The Christian Academy of Baguio (CAB), grades K - 8, is specially designed for children of missionaries and foreign seminary students. Brent School, grades 1 - 12, is an ecumenical environment designed for children of international parents working in the Philippines. Both schools use English as the medium of instruction. The school year runs from August to late May. A variety of other schools are also available. Costs vary.

National public schools, grade K - 10, use English and Filipino as their medium of instruction. Their school year begins in mid-June and ends in late March.

Baguio City hosts several colleges and universities. Available academic programs and qualifications for admission vary.

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