Student Exchange Program

DLSU AIMS Programme


The ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Programme, formally known as M-I-T, aims to create a vibrant student mobility programme for citizens of all SEAMEO (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization) member countries initiated in 2009 as collaboration between the governments of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Additional Southeast Asian nations are now invited to join the efforts of M-I-T and collectively develop a regional Southeast Asian student mobility programme. (

The Philippines became a member country of the AIMS Programme in 2013 through the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) initiative to “improve the quality of education, develop human resources and establish a Filipino knowledge-based society” which is also mandated to “guide Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the Philippines, students and academic personnel in capitalizing on prospects presented by internationalization and ensure that further opportunities brought about by the impending ASEAN integration will help in improving the Philippine higher education system.” (CMO No. 11, Series of 2014)

De La Salle University, one of the 60 participating universities, became involved and is now an active HEI member of the ASEAN International Mobility Programme, offering three study fields for students who wish to participate in the DLSU AIMS Programme: Business, Engineering and Economics.

With Japan’s participation in the AIMS Programme (AIMS7), more student mobility opportunities are now available for local and international students to interact and develop a deeper sense of ASEAN cultural understanding and cooperation, toward ASEAN 2015.

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Partner Universities

MALAYSIA a. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
International Business
b. Universiti Malaya
International Business
c. Universiti Putra Malaysia
International Business
d. Universiti Sains Malaysia
International Business
e. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
f. Universiti Teknologi MARA
International Business
g. Universiti Utara Malaysia
International Business
b. Gadjah Mada University
c. Universitas Indonesia
International Business
d. Bandung Institute of Technology
THAILAND a. Chulalongkorn University
b. Mahidol University
International Business
c. Thammasat University
d. King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi
VIETNAM a. Foreign Trade University
International Business
b. Hue University
Economics International Business
c. National Economics University
d. Thai Nguyen University of Technology
e. Vietnam Maritime University
f. University of Transport and Communications
g. Water Resources University
h. Hanoi Agriculture University
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM a. University Brunei Darussalam
International Business Engineering /Economics
b. Institut Teknologi Brunei
JAPAN a. Sophia University
b. Waseda University
c. Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT)

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List of Study Fields and Available Courses*

Inbound students need to choose from the list of available courses under their chosen study field. The courses should be under the Term and Academic Year (AY) when they intend to study at DLSU. They can choose as many as 6 courses (equivalent to 18 credit units) or 8 courses (equivalent to 24 units, but this is only upon approval of Home University AIMS Coordinator and Dean of the faculty/school/college).

  1. RVR College of Business (RVRCOB)
  2. Programs Offered

    • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA)
    • Bachelor of Science in Advertising Management (ADV)
    • Bachelor of Science in Applied Corporate Management (ACM)
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Management (MGT)
    • Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship (BS-ENT)
    • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Business Studies (IBS)
    • Bachelor of Science in Legal Management (LGL)
    • Bachelor of Science in Management of Financial Institutions (FIN)

  3. School of Economics (SOE)
  4. Programs Offered

    • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Applied Economics (BS-AEC)
    • BS in Applied Economics and BS in Accountancy (AE-BSA)
    • BS in Applied Economics and BS in Advertising Management (AE-ADV)
    • BS in Applied Economics and BS in Applied Corporate Management (AE-APC)
    • BS in Applied Economics and BS in Business Management (AE-MGT)
    • BS in Applied Economics and BS in Legal Management (AE-LGL)
    • BS in Applied Economics and BS in Management of Financial Institutions (AE-FIN)
    • BS in Applied Economics and BS in Marketing Management (AE-MKT)
    • Bachelor of Arts (AB) Major in Economics (AB-ECM)
    • AB Major in Economics and BS in Accountancy (ECM-BSA)
    • AB Major in Economics and BS in Advertising Management (ECM-ADV)
    • AB Major in Economics and BS in Applied Corporate Management (ECM-APC)
    • AB Major in Economics and BS in Business Management (ECM-MGT)
    • AB Major in Economics and BS in Legal Management (ECM-LGL)

  5. Gokongwei College of Engineering (GCOE)
  6. Programs Offered

The complete list of courses offered under the three study fields and their descriptions can be found at the academic program links below:

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Crediting of Courses and Grading System

A course in DLSU consists of 3 credit units. This is based on actual contact hours with students. Laboratory classes under in Engineering and Science Laboratory courses have 3 contact hours per week but only carry 1 unit. English1 course has 6 contact hours per week but only carry 3 units. Physical Education courses carry 2 units. Engineering Algebra 1 has 5 contact hours per week but carry 3 units. To ensure that you are choosing the courses with your desired number of credit units, you may request your AIMS Coordinator or International Relations Office to coordinate this with the DLSU International Center contact person.

Below is the grading system at DLSU:

4.0 Excellent
3.5 Superior
3.0 Very Good
2.5 Good
2.0 Satisfactory
1.5 Fair (No Credits)
1.0 Passed (No Credits)
0.0 Failed (No Credits)

The following classroom activities, student performance and academic requirements are the bases for grading:

  • Attendance
  • Short and long quizzes ( the frequency of which depends on the professor)
  • Home works
  • Class participation
  • Recitation
  • Group work and presentation
  • Term papers
  • Midterm examination (once a term)
  • Final examination (once a term)

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Preferred schedule of arrival in the Philippines

International students are advised to arrive between Monday to Friday and preferably within working hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Availability of university vehicle and university personnel for airport pick-up is only during working days and official working hours. For special arrangement, international student must inform his/her International Office so that this can be properly coordinated with DLSU International Center.

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Cost of Living

Actual expenditures will vary depending on individual spending habits. It is estimated that a student should plan to spend PHP18,000.00 or USD420.00 per month for BASIC living expenses including accommodation, utility bills, transportation, and food.

Please check this link for the "Estimated Cost of Living" in the Philippines:
Please take note that all costs listed in the table are estimates only.

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Visa and permit for study

The International Center shall handle the processing of Special Study Permit (SSP) at the Bureau of Immigration. The SSP allows the international student to study at a Philippine university for a period of three to six months (1 – 2 trimesters). The Bureau of Immigration requires this under Philippines laws on foreigners studying in the country. An updated tourist/travel visa is required for all international students who are using SSP.

  • Total cost of a Special Study Permit and Alien Certificate of Registration Information Card (ACR I-Card) - PHP9,000.00
  • Tourist visa extension fees - approximately Php18,000 for four months​​

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Housing and Accommodation

Inbound students are strongly advised to house themselves near the university. DLSU currently provides a limited number of condominium units or flats in a university-run dormitory called The La Sallian Center. However, this can only accommodate a limited number of students. The International Center will assist inbound students in finding appropriate condominiums around the vicinity of the campus. A condominium/flat unit near the university would cost an average of PHP 14,000 a month, exclusive of electricity bills, water and other utilities. There is also a listing of off-campus housing facilities at this link:​

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Learning English

Aside from the English academic programs offered by the De La Salle University Department of English and Applied Linguistics (DEAL), there are non-academic English courses that can be taken or enrolled in by interested international students. The Center for Language and Lifelong Learning (CELL) is a non-academic unit of DLSU which caters to clients who are interested in improving and honing their English Language proficiency in the four basic communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The Center is proud of its teachers who are specialists in their fields, particularly on English Language and its application. All language teachers are carefully screened and their continuing education is mandatory. This makes the Center the best of its kind on this side of the world.

CELL offers classes in modules; they have Regular Classes (with 4 to 14 students), Special Classes (with 2 to 3 students) and Tutorial Classes (one-on-one) and classes cover conversational English (basic to advance), English grammar, pronunciation, reading comprehension and vocabulary development among others.

Please check the CELL website for details regarding schedule of enrollment, fees, registration and other information:

Office location:
Center for Language and Lifelong Learning (CELL)
De La Salle University
Rm. 1503 Br. Andrew Gonzalez Hall
2269 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila 0922

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Contact Person

Communications Specialist and IS Advisor
AIMS Coordinator for DLSU

External Relations and Internationalization Office
De La Salle University
#2401 Taft Avenue, 0922 Manila
Tel: +63 2 525-6727 / +63 2 523-3911

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