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About UM Global

The University of Mindanao, then the Mindanao Colleges, was founded on July 27, 1946. Being the largest private, non-sectarian university in Mindanao, it caters 40,000+ students from all parts of Mindanao. The University of Mindanao has ten branches spread over thirteen campuses in Southern Mindanao. It is currently an Autonomous Status per CEB Resolution No. 076-2009 with Category A (t) per CMO No. s. 2009 standing accredited by Commission on Higher Education (CHED). UM is also the first academic institution in Mindanao with an institutional ISO 9001:2008 Certification. The Information Technology, Accountancy, and Computer Engineering programs are Centers of Development (COD) and its Teacher Education, Business Administration, and Criminology programs are considered as a Center of Excellence (COE) by CHED.

It is the largest private university in Mindanao and hailed as the institution with the second highest number of programs accredited by PACUCOA in the country today.

The UM Term System

The University aims to give world class quality of education within the convenience of the student’s time. Thus the University adopts the so-called “Term System”. Under the UM Term System, students will be required to take at least 4 or 5 course loads in any given term and finish the program within the required number of years. As such, students will be able to complete at least 4 course loads in a term (equivalent to 2 ½ months) compared to regular semester with 8 or 9 courses. Examinations, quizzes and assignment will be focused and will guarantee the students’ quality study time.

Life in the University

Being the largest university in Mindanao, it caters to 40,000+ students coming from different parts of the region. The UM community is a home to various indigenous and religious communities. Thus it creates opportunity for the students to not only develop intellectual skills but also engage in a cross-cultural setting where students can break boundaries of differences through cross-cultural understanding.

Established in 1946, UM continues to sustain its vision in providing quality transformative education. Proof of this are the awards given to the university such as Autonomous Status A (t) by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Centers of Excellence and Development, Levels III and IV programs, and several recognitions and fellowships on research and instruction in the local, national, and international levels and the certification from ISO.

In order to achieve these awards and citations, the University ensures that its academic support functions accordingly to realize its goal to attain excellence in all of its endeavors. Facilities are present to adequately support students’ needs especially in research, the liberal arts, and real-life training. It is in this approach that the University integrates real-life education which is on par with the national and international demands.

International Programs

The University of Mindanao offers exchange student programs to its students. These two are: AIMS and UMAP. The AIMS (ASEAN International Mobility for Students) aims to create a vibrant student mobility program for citizens of all SEAMEO. This program is only offered to students who are enrolled under the Engineering and International Business programs. The UMAP (University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific) aims to achieve enhanced international understanding through increased mobility of university students and staff. This program is offered to students who are enrolled in any Level II programs of the University.

  • Applicant must have a one-year residency in the University and is enrolled with the minimum load of 18 units upon application.
  • Applicant shall have at least a semester left to study in the University upon completing the International Exchange Program.
  • Applicant must possess above-average communication skills and have an outstanding academic performance with a GPA of at least 85% (2.5).
  • Applicant must be knowledgeable of the University and Mindanaon culture.

  • Outbound Exchange Student Application Form
  • Recommendation Letter from the Dean
  • Updated SPR
  • Good Moral Certification
  • Matriculation Form (Form 1)
  • A 250-word essay on “Why should you become an exchange student?”



It would be better that the student joins the orientation for the AIMS/UMAP programs, which would be announced on the UM International Affairs Office facebook page.

Students may apply by complying all the requirements for the outbound exchange program. Then the student/s will have to undergo screening interview before being officially selected as outbound exchange student/s of the University.

The ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) programme, formally known as M-I-T, aims to create a vibrant student mobility program for citizens of all Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) member countries.

The AIMS Program has been at the core of SEAMEO RIHED’s educational programs as indicated in the 4th Five-Year Development Plan to cultivate globalized human resources. UM is one of the 12 CHED-identified Higher Education Institutions in the country to be a member of this mobility program. This is only limited to Engineering and International Business (Accountancy and Business Administration) programs.

AIMS only offers scholarships for students who are enrolled under the Engineering and International Business (Accountancy and International Business) programs only.

Since UM’s fields of study only limit to Engineering and International Business, these are the schools that UM are in partnership with:

For International Business

  • Indonesia – BINUS University and Universitas Indonesia
  • Malaysia – Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi MARA
  • Thailand – Mahidol University
  • Brunei – University Brunei Darussalam
  • Vietnam – Foreign Trade University and Hue University


  • Indonesia – Bandung Institute of Technology
  • Malaysia – Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Thailand – King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi
  • Brunei – University Brunei Darussalam and Institute Teknologi Brunei
  • Vietnam – Thai Nguyen University of Technology, University of Transport and Communications and Water Resources University

UMAP is the acronym for the Organization called University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific. It is a voluntary association of government and non-government representatives of the higher education (university) sector in the region. Having a wider scope, students under the UMAP can be sent to member institutions in the Asia-Pacific Region allowing them to have a wider choice of host institution for mobility. Students can apply as long as they are enrolled in any level II programs of the University.

Students enrolled under all Level II Accredited Programs can apply under the UMAP scholarship.

1. Students with at least one year of residency in the University and have at least one semester left upon return to UM.

2. Students whose programs are at least Level II accredited.

3. Students whose GPA is at least 85 (2.5) without failing marks.

4. Students who possess proficiency in both oral and written communication.

5. Students who are worthy of becoming representatives and the Philippines to the world.

You will be away for a semester – 5 to 6 months.

AIMS scholars can enjoy financial support from CHED. CHED shoulders the accommodation, airfare and living allowance of the students. UM shoulders the visa processing.

How much do I have to pay for the tuition fee?

The Commission on Higher Education will waive the tuition fee in the host university. This means the outbound exchange student does not pay for the tuition fee anymore.

Will there be a host family in the country we choose to study?

None. The outbound exchange student will be living independently that’s why emotional maturity is vital in becoming an outbound exchange student.

Can I work part-time during the exchange student program?

No, you can’t. Outbound exchange students should remain focused in their studies because they are scholars and they have grades to maintain.

1. Academic Competence (Knowledge on the Program) 25
2. Communicative Competence (Proficiency in the use of the English Language) 25
3. University Ambassadorship (Ability to represent the University) 20
4. Maturity Level (Manifestation of Personal Maturity) 20
5. Cultural Awareness (Awareness of the Mindanaoan Culture) 10
Total 100 points

Yes. As soon as the outbound exchange student is accepted in his/her desired host university, UM’s International Affairs Office will coordinate with the host university’s IA office about student admission and other relevant requirements.

Your parents may if they want to, but they have to pay for their own expenses.

Becoming an outbound exchange student affords you a once in a lifetime experience of gaining academic and cultural growth. You don’t only get to study abroad for a semester, you also get to be exposed to the cultural diversity of your host country that you can bring with you in your lifetime. It would also be an honor on your part to represent the university and the country in the international academic arena. Not to mention the edge it could give you once you apply for a job in the future.


1. Joint letter request addressed to the Commissioner from the authorized representative of the petitioning school and applicant, using the school letterhead with dry seal;

2. Duly accomplished CGAF (BI FORM) for Student Visa and Special Study Permit;

3. Photocopy of passport bio-page and latest admission with valid authorized stay and Bureau of Quarantine Stamp.

4. Notice of Acceptance of the applicant bearing a clear impression of the school’s official dry seal;

5. Endorsement addressed to the Commissioner from the school for the conversion of the applicant’s status, signed by the School Registrar;

6. Certificate of Eligibility for Admission from Commission on Higher Education (CHED), in case of Medicine/ Dentistry;

7. Medical Certificate issued by the Bureau of Quarantine and International Health Surveillance or a government medical institution with competence to certify that the applicant is not afflicted with any dangerous, contagious, or loathsome disease and is mentally fit;

8. CHED endorsement for transfer and shifting of course, if applicable;

9. National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance for a foreign student enrolling from bachelor’s degree to post graduate; if having stayed in the Philippines for more than 59 days.

10. Photocopy of BI school accreditation ID of the registrar or school representative;

11. BI Clearance Certificate.

12. Three (3) pieces 2×2 ID picture

13. Letter of Intent to study at The University of Mindanao

14. Affidavit of Undertaking (for board courses)


1. Red Ribbon Scholastic Records – High School Diploma and Transcript of Records

2. Red Ribbon Police Clearance (issued from the country of origin)

3. Red Ribbon Birth Certificate

4. Red Ribbon Personal History

5. Red Ribbon Proof of Support


Prepare three sets of each document.

Place each set in a long brown folder with fastener.