Admissions and Enrollment

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Why Study in Southwestern University PHINMA?

Southwestern University PHINMA has established itself as a reputable leader in medicine and allied health programs, not just in the Visayas region in the Philippines, but all over the globe. Its international students hail from 34 countries in five continents.

SWU PHINMA operates under PHINMA Education, which aims to make lives better through education.

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Choose Southwestern University PHINMA

As an innovative Philippine business institution, PHINMA believes that access to quality education is the solution to many of our country’s problems. While the enrollment rate in the Philippines has always been high, PHINMA discovered that most students do not finish tertiary education. Students were willing to learn but did not have the resources to stay in school.

That is why in 2004, PHINMA Education was established.

PHINMA Education is making education accessible in key growth areas all over the country. It has transformed existing educational institutions to provide better academic, operational, and community support for all of its students. Through its efforts more students are able to earn college degrees and become globally competitive professionals.

The PHINMA Education Holdings, Inc. is now composed of nine secondary and tertiary educational institutions spread throughout the country.

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1 in 3 students have scholarships.

Students are provided with scholarship opportunities that will aid them in their learning journey. Internal (from the school) and external (from partner institutions) are made available for students to consider.
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81% of graduates are employed within a year.

PHINMA students are assured of promising employment even before they graduate.
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80-100% success rate in licensure exams.

SWU PHINMA, through the years, continues to produce board topnotchers and passers. Average passing rate across all programs is at 80%. In the 2019 Nursing Board Licensure Exam, SWU PHINMA got 100% Passing Rate.
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90,000 students are enrolled and thriving.

PHINMA Education, with its 9 schools, has 90 thousand students and growing.
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9 major campuses and counting.

PHINMA Education recently bought PHINMA Rizal College of Laguna, growing the network to 9 universities in the country and 1 school abroad.

Click here to learn more about our schools and organization. 

Where We Are Located

Home to over 866,000 people, Cebu is the oldest and fifth most populated city in the Philippines. It was the first Spanish settlement, founded in 1565, and was the first capital of the country. Today it retains landmarks from its colonial past, the most famous of which is Magellan’s Cross. As Cebu continues to become more and more urbanized, its popularity has continued to increase.

To thousands of people, it has served as the perfect mix of city life’s comforts and provincial life’s simplicity and beauty. The city is also a safe and secured haven for locals and tourists as it landed 8th place in the 2018 Top 10 safest cities in Southeast Asia. It is also an accessible (with an international airport) center of commerce, trade, and education, with 11 large universities and international schools, to include Southwestern University PHINMA.

Admission Requirements

Enrollment Steps

Application for a temporary visitor’s visa must be made in person. In the case of a minor under eighteen (18) years of age, the application may be made for him by a person who, in the opinion of the consular officer, is responsible for his/her welfare. The minor, not an infant in arms, shall be required to appear at the Consulate for interview, together with the person making the application for him/her.

Applicants for temporary visitor’s visa should normally apply at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate that has jurisdiction over their place of residence. While some visa applicants may apply at any Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad, others are only allowed to apply his/her visa at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in his country of origin or legal residence.

The following are the minimum requirements for applying a temporary visitor’s visa: 1. Passport/Travel Document Valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines; 2. Duly Accomplished Visa application forms; 3. Passport Photos (2 pieces); 4. Proof of bona fide status as tourist or businessman; 5. Confirmed tickets for return or onward journey to the next port of destination; and 6. Payment of Visa Fees


In case of a temporary visitor’s visa holder whose stay in the Philippines will exceed the authorized period of stay, he/she will have to report to the Bureau of Immigration, secure an extension of stay and pay the corresponding immigration fees. Information on fees for extension of stay and other Immigration fees are available at the Bureau of Immigration website (
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