Cagayan State University (CSU)

The Cagayan State University (CSU)

The Cagayan State University (CSU)

The Cagayan State University (CSU) is the largest state institution of higher learning in the Cagayan Valley Region, in terms of enrollment and number of curricular program offerings. The University was established through Presidential Decree 1436, later amended by Republic Act8292 by the integration of all publicly supported higher education institutions in the province of Cagayan.

The university is composed of eight(8) campuses in the growth areas in the three congressional districts of Cagayan; the Aparri, Lal-Lo and Gonzaga campuses in the 1st District; the Piat, Lasam and Sanchez-Miracampuses in the 2nd District; and in the 3rd District, the Andrews and Carig campuses in Tuguegarao City. Each campus is headed by an Executive Officer (CEO) except in Andrews Campus where the University President concurrently acts as the CEO. The seat of governance of the university is at the Andrews Campus, where the central administration holds office.

The university offers courses in liberal arts, social sciences, law, medicine and allied professions, business and economics, natural sciences,engineering, technology, agriculture and fisheries and teaching, among others. It offers the most graduate and undergraduate courses of all the universities in the province of Cagayan.

In March 2012, Dr. Romeo R. Quilang, former President of the Isabela State University (ISU), was elected by the CSU Board of Regents to serve as the CSU System’s fourth president.

The novel seal of the Cagayan State University is an escutcheon in bordure of gules (Maroon). The shield is superimposed with a golden field, which is the map of Cagayan, its service area and the province most- dear to the institution. On top of the shield is the name of the institution, the CAGAYAN STATE UNIVERSITY.

Common charges are also emphasized depicting its being an educational institution: the book which is the source of knowledge, skills, values and the fountain of life and the torch indicative of the university being the source of light and human enlightenment in the whole province. The eight rays bearing from the flame represent the eight (8) strong and effervescent campuses of the university system.

Below the indomitable ornaments is the motto AD OPTIMUM EDUCANS, a Latin term which means Educating for the Best. The Roman numeral at the bottom of the shield is the year when the institution was granted the University title.

University Philosophy

The University serves the INDIVIDUAL by providing the student with a nurturing environment for optimal human flourishing. It serves the COMMUNITY by offering programs responsive to individual and social needs.

College of Medicine

Historical Highlights

A project feasibility study for the establishment of a College of Medicine is prepared by Cagayan State University (CSU) and subsequently approved by the CSU Board of Regents.

Minister of National Defense Juan Ponce Enrile, Assemblyman Antonio Carag, Assemlyman Alfonso Reyno and Gov. Justiniano Cortes endorse the immediate implementation of the project to establish a College of Medicine at CSU to His Excellency President Ferdinand Marcos. Shortly thereafter, Pres. Marcos approves the establishment of the CSU College of Medicine in consortium with the Cagayan Valley Regional Hospital as its base hospital.

The implementation of the project was aborted by the EDSA Revolution. President Corazon Aquino issues a moratorium on the opening of medical schools.

Congressman Domingo Tuzon submits House Bill No. 28374 entitled “AN ACT ESTABLISHING A COLLEGE OF MEDICINE at the Cagayan State University, Tuguregarao, Cagayan.”

Hon Isidro Carino, Secrtetary of the Dept of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) recommends approval of the bill subject to compliance with the provisions of DECS Order No. 119, s1990.

Rev. Fr. Ranhilio Aquino, Superindendent of the Catholic Schools strongly endorse to Sec. Carino the application for the opening of the CSU College of Medicine.

Hon. Franklin Drilon, Executive Secretary, under the authority of the President of the Republic of the Philippines approves the establishment of the CSU College of Medicine subject to compliance weit the provisions of DE CS Order No. 119, s1990.

Dr. Armando Crtes, CSU president submits to DECS details of compliance of CSU to the provisions of DECS Order No. 119, s199190.

The permit to operate duly signed by Hon. Armand fabella, DECS Secretary is granted

The College of Medicine and Surgery formally opens with Dr. Gilberto Gamez, a Cagayano, former Dean of the UST College of Medicine and renowned neurologist as its first Dean, with eight (8) faculty m embers and twenty one (21) first year students.

The Commission on Higher education (CHED), created under RA 7722. in 1994 grants authority to Cagayan State University to operate a College of Medicine with Government Permit No. 006 pursuant to the provisions of RA 2706 as amended and Education Act of 1982.

A team composed of representatives from the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges Foundation (APMCF), Department of Health and the CHED audit the College of Medicine. Their conclusion: “The College of Medicine and Surgery of CSU has the potential of a quality medical school.”

The first batch of medical graduates (eight students) are conferred the degree of Doctor of Medicine.

The CSU College of Medicine and Surgery posts 100% passing rate in the Physician Licensure Examinations.

The College of Medicine successfully hosted the 35th Annual Convention of the APMCF.


Dr. Roger P. Perez, President of CSU, vertically articulates the undergraduate and graduate school. Masters in Public Health is offered under the College of Medicine.


To contribute towards the attainment of improved health status among the people in Region 02.


To become a center of excellence in providing quality medical education.


1. To produce competitive physicians who will deliver primary health care in the region and the country.

2. To offer medical education that responds effectively to the health needs and problems of Region 02.

3. To provide qualified young men and women in region2 access to affordable quality medical education.

Courses Offered

1. Doctor of Medicine (Traditional Curriculum)

2. Masters in Public Health

Doctor of Medicine Requirements for Admission

1. Must have finished a degree in AB* / BS**
* Additional Science subjects required
** Nursing, Pharmacy, Med tech, Resp. Therapy, Psychology, Biology, Zoology Chemistry

2. Must have taken the NMAT

3. Personal interview

Requirement for Application (local applicants)

1. Original transcript of records/ certified true copy of the last 31/2 years of AB/BS degree
2. Certified true copy of diploma/Certificate of candidacy for graduation
3. Four (4) copies of 2×2 passport size ID pictures
4. Two certified copies of Certificate of Live Birth from NSO
5. Certificate of good moral character from the College Dean
6. Certificate of class ranking
7. NBI Clearance
8. Results of NMAT
9. Receipt of application and processing fee paid at the University Cashier Office

Additional Requirements for Foreign Applicants

Resident Aliens:

1. Certified true copy of Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) and Immigration Certificate of Residence
2. Notarized Affidavit of Support
3. Three (3) letters of recommendation from former professors/employers
4. Updated study permit issued by CHED
5. Results of TOEFL for foreign applicants whose native language is not English

Non-Resident Aliens:

1. MCAT scores (in lieu of CSU Entrance Examination) which must not have been taken 2 years prior to application
3. Three (3) letters of recommendation from former professors/employers
4. Notarized Affidavit of Support
5. Personal History Forms (to be secured from DECS or any Philippine Embassy)

Masters in Public Health

1. With Thesis: 39 units
2. Non-Thesis: 42 units

Masters in Public Health Requirements for Admission

1. Good scholastic record from any recognized institution of learning
2. Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent degree or title from a recognized institution of learning
3. At least 1 year work experience or previous training in the field of public health
4. Duly accomplished application Form together with the following documents:

o Original copy of the official transcript of records
o Certified true copy of College Diploma
o Birth Certificate
o Marriage Certificate
o Two (2) letters of reference from former professors or supervisors

Student Scholarships

1. BS and AB graduates with honors
2. Those willing to return service 0f 4 years in any 4th, 5th, 6th class municipality in the province of Cagayan


The Cagayan State University (CSU)

Students from India after class 12 first have to enroll in a class pre-medical course for 18 months before they will get admitted to the 4 year medical course. If the student has done B.Sc course they can be admitted directly to MD course.

The four-year medical course progresses from the study of the normal to the abnormal human being. Most subjects are yearly courses taken up for two semesters.

The first year covers the normal Human Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Preventive Medicine & Community health, Psychiatry and Medical Practice I. Class lectures are delivered mostly through computers using LCD projectors complemented by slide/ film showing, laboratory work and group discussions. Pedagogy and Bioethics are incorporated in Principles of Medical Practice I. An introduction to Medical Informatics is incorporated in Preventive Medicine and Community Health before the biostatistics session. Problem-based learning is gradually introduces in certain topics in Biochemistry and Physiology.

The second year deals with Pathology, Microbiology, Parasitology, Pharmacology, Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Psychiatry II and Medical Economics plus introductory courses in clinical subjects. In small groups, students begin to meet patients in actual hospital setting where they are introduced to history taking and physical examination.

The third year involves didactic lectures on common diseases encountered in clinical practice as well as interesting or rare conditions. Pathophysiology is reviewed while clinical features, diagnostic approaches and principles of management are emphasized.

The fourth year or clinical clerkship is mainly spent in actual patient care with the Hospital in Las Pinas serving as the clinical laboratory. Hospital rounds and group discussions give the student a good perspective on bedside manners, diagnosis and management. The clerks rotate through the different clinical departments for 48 weeks with periodic evaluation. The University has arrangement with Govt. Hospitals and the Philippine General Hospital for clerkship.

Curriculum leading to the degree of doctor of medicine

(Traditional –Competency-Based)



Anatomy & Histology
Foundations of Medicine
Preventive Medicine
Behavioral Science


General Pathology
Basic Science Research
Clinical Evaluation
Preventive Medicine
Clinical Pathology
Medical Ethics


Clinical Integration
Clinical Research
Emergency Medicine
Legal Medicine
Medical Jurisprudence


Obstetrics-Gynecology (SLMC)
Obstetrics-Gynecology (East Avenue Medical Center)
Community Medicine
Clinical Psychiatry (National Mental Hospital)

Elective Series I: Medical (any of the ff:)

Rehabilitation Medicine
Molecular Biology and Research
Pediatrics (National Children’s Hospital

Elective Series II: Surgical (any of the ff:)



Obstetrics and Gynecology
Preventive Medicine
Clinical Psychiatry

Elective Series I: Medical

Pediatrics (National Children’s Hospital)
Nuclear Medicine
Emergency Medicine

Elective Series II: Surgical

Orthopedic Surgery
Plastic Surgery

Elective Series III: Others

Molecular Biology and Research
Radiologic Oncology

Elective Series IV: any of the electives above


The teaching-learning strategies are standardized across the departments and consistent with the evaluation of performance of students.

A. Lectures

During the lectures, important concepts and principles are explained utilizing material in clinical contexts, and providing a sense of direction in which a field is moving. All core lectures are accompanied by reading assignments, which are taken from recommended textbooks, or from other references that may be cited by the lecturer. If new core material is introduced in the lecture that is not covered in the assigned readings, supplemental handouts will be provided.

The lectures do not present all the material covered but instead focus on explaining difficult aspects of the subjects, or demonstrating how the core information is used in scientific inquiry and medical decision making.

B. Laboratory

The laboratory activities are packaged into modules which the students may accomplish at their own pace with faculty supervision. The students may be allowed to go back to the laboratory after class hours for independent study with prior notice to the department concerned.

C. Plenary Discussions

Clinical cases, community experiences or experiments are discussed in a plenary session in an interactive manner to stimulate critical thinking. Recitation in class is encouraged to develop the students’ confidence in speaking in a large group as is the case in most medical conferences.

D. Small Group Discussions

These sessions provide an opportunity for students and faculty to interact in small groups at which time critical thinking is stressed and application of the core material to clinical medicine or research is emphasized. These sessions are used to facilitate learning during actual patient encounters, clinical case discussions or journal clubs.


The current school year was a witness to constructive changes and infrastructure developments across the different campuses of Cagayan State University. A series of “circa 50” buildings, which serve not only as institutional facilities but as aesthetic icons, representing the university motto: “Educating for the Best”, are now in the final phase of their construction process.

Moreover, other physical facilities in the university are facing major rehabilitation specifically in CSU Caritan being the “show window” of CSU.

Physical improvement within the eight campuses of the university is evident and is geared at developing and encouraging higher aspirations among its poor students. Modern buildings and comfort rooms were put up to deliver the necessary service to students all over CSU.

Electronic Library

With the vision of President Perez, the University decided to subscribe to Academic OneFile for its E-Library making it the first university in the region to have such facility. It was inaugurated on February 14, 2011.


Cagayan State University for 5½ years program after class 12

Particulars1st YearNext 6 months2nd Year3rd Year4th Year5th YearTotal
1st semester$1,650$1,300$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,000$6,950
2nd semester$450-$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,000$4,450
Accomodation + Visa Conversion* (in USD)$2,500-----$2,500
Total (in U$D)$4,600$1,300$2,000$2,000$2,000$2,000$13,900
Fees (in INR)3,99,00084,5001,30,0001,30,0001,30,0001,30,0009,03,500

Admission & Visa Charge – Rs. 1,50,000 +  27,000 (18% GST extra) = Rs. 1,77,000.

Exchange rate: 50 Philippine Pesos = 1 US $ = 65 Indian rupees.
Important: Tuition Fees are to be paid directly to the University and not collected by any agent.

Other Expenses:
  1. If the student is below 18 years, then SSP is required for which students need to pay PHP 8,000 for every three months to the immigration department until the student is of 18 years.
  2. Visa Renewal from 2nd year onwards is $300 extra payable to University.
  3. Air travel on actual basis extra.
  4. * Includes Student visa conversion in Philippines, Accommodation for 1st year, transportation from Manila to Cagayan
    State University & Medical Test.
  5. ** Includes Admission Process in India, Documentation and Visa Process in India.
  6. If there is delay in visa conversion within 30 days of reaching Philippines student has to pay for visa extension as
    applicable (about $200).
Living Expenses:
  1. Food: Approx. Rs. 7,000 / Month.
  2. Accommodation of 1st year is included, Accommodation from second year is extra.
Other Information:
  1. There will be NO increase is Fees during the duration of the course.
  2. NO Hidden cost. NO Donation.
  3. WHO, IMED Listed and MCI approved.
  4. Indian co-ordinator & office in Makati for Indian Students.
  5. MCI study material is provided.
  6. Government University.
  7. Lowest Package in Philippines.
  8. Free Pen drive containing MBBS material worth more than Rs 1,00,000 including MCI Screening test questions, USMLE study Materials, Educational Video’s, E Books etc.

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  1. Fill Application form in all respects and mail it with a Demand draft / Cheque of Rs 10,000 (ten thousand) in favour of “National Vidya Foundation”, payable at Kolkata, and mail it to National Vidya Foundation, 51 Dr. Abani Dutta Road Howrah, West Bengal – 711101
  2. After submission of Application form, an “ADMISSION LETTER” will be issued. This can take 5 to 15 working days.

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Admission Process

Step 1: Download & complete your Offline Application form and Courier it to: Authorized Representative with a copy of class 12 mark sheet and demand draft of fees or Apply Online Now.

Step 2: University will issue you Admission Letter, once we receive your application.

Step 3: Scan and send copy of your Passport along with other mentioned document if you have it. Or APPLY for your passport if you do not have a passport – click here to apply for passport in India:

Step 4: We will file for your visa and get it issued once we receive all your required documents.

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51 Dr. Abani Dutta Road
Howrah 711101 (W.B.)

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01. How is medical education in Philippines?

Ans: Medical Education / MBBS in the Philippines is one of the BEST in the World. The High Quality of Education is attested to by the fact that Philippines is the highest exporter of Nurses and Doctors to the USA. This is due to the fact that the Philippines was a colony of USA for 50 years and many students join top Medical College in the Philippines with the view that their Medical Entrance is going to get them certification and jobs in the USA. Consequently the Philippines has one of the best education systems in Asia.

MBBS in Philippines is called the MD Program (Doctor of medicine). This is equal to the MD in USA, MBBS in UK, India, MBBS in Australia, MBBS in Germany, MD in Canada etc. The Degree is recognized as equal to MBBS in India by the Medical Council of India.

02. What are the admission requirements and my eligibility criteria for MBBS?

Ans: Citizen of any country is eligible to study in Philippines as a fee paying student for undergraduate and post graduate programs.

For undergraduate Medical program (MBBS), class 12 or HSSC with min. 50% Marks in with Subjects in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

For graduate (MS, MD) undergraduate in medicine with min. 50%

18 to 60 years old (Depending on subjects- For medicine age limit is 30 years) In good health

For exceptions, please contact the Admissions Section. For more specific information please click on the university you are interested to join and refer to the eligibility section therein or contact us.

03. What is the total duration of this course?

Ans: The total duration of this MBBS course is 5 years to 5 ½ year for students who have been educated till class 12 with Science.

The first 12 to 16 months [1 year and 4 months] is called the Bachelor of Science program and focuses on building foundation for a strong medical education.

The next 4 years is the core medicine and clinical rotation.

Post Graduation is for 3 years and is called residency training [Similar to that of USA].

04. Is there any local bodies who can help me in providing the overall info?

Ans: We have representatives in various cities.

Please send your query to us and we shall send it to our local representative office and they would be getting in touch with you.

05. What is the total fee of this course?

Ans: The fee varies for each university, please let us know which university are you interested to join and we shall send you the details accordingly.

06. Can a student avail loan facility, what are the procedures?

Ans: Yes, Students can avail education loan from Banks. Contact the Bank for the procedure.

07. What are the documents required for the admissions?

Ans: Photocopies or scanned copy of your class 10 and 12 mark sheet is needed initially. Income proof, passport and other documents will be needed later. You will get the list of documents at the time of enquiry.

08. What are the benefits given to students joining through our company?

1. We are authorized by the University

2. We have over a decade of experience in dealing with students.

3. We have plenty of information and tips of value to students and parents for the course.

4. We provide networking with doctors in USA & UK for those wanting to go overseas for jobs.

09. Since when are the Universities established?

Ans: All these universities are established for decades before gradually diversifying in many advanced courses. For more details on each university please refer to the relevant page of each university.

10. Where are these Universities located?

Ans: The University is located in MANILA. Capital of Philippines.

11. Are the degrees offered recognized by the World Health Organization and the MCI?

Ans: All the medical colleges and university present in the list of WHO are recognized by WHO and are recognized by CHED (Commission for Higher education and development).

The Degree is recognized by Medical Council of India or MCI as equal to MBBS in India.

The MD degree is valid in the USA by the IMED Directory, the California Board of Medicine and FAIMER

The Degree is Philippines is recognized as equal to MBBS in UK and MBBS in Europe by the GMC of UK.

12. What is the medium of teaching in Philippines?

Ans: Being an American colony for 50 years English is the official language for Government, Communication in day to day living and all other affairs
All the universities have English as the medium education.
94% of the Population Speaks English.
Hence education is in English Medium.
You can also communicate with locals in English easily.

13. How is the Weather?

Ans: Philippines has tropical weather.
There are 3 main seasons.
Rains: From June to September. Showers can be frequent and heavy.
Cool: October to February it is cool but temperature rarely drops below 25 degree Celsius
Summer: From March to May when temperatures can soar.
Overall the climate is perfect for a holiday in paradise and long hours of sun make this a dream destination. In terms of what to pack it is advised that lighter clothing is taken, shorts and beachwear are of course essential although in the rainy season be prepared for rains.

14. When is Admission usually?

Ans: There are two intakes (depending on the university and program) June and November depends on the University and the program for Medical, Premedical. MD or MBBS in Philippines – Medical Admission to the Top Medical College (s) begins in June. Admission to Pre-medical can happen in June or in November each year.

15. Hostel facility?

Ans: On campus accommodation for international students is available on campus.
Hostel rooms have attached bathrooms, with single, double or triple beds
Both Air-conditioned and non air conditioned rooms are available as per the choice of accommodations.
Students can also choose to stay outside on their own accommodations.

16. Whether markets are nearby or not?

Ans: Market for daily needs is nearby to the campus.

17. Facilities like: Laundry, Canteen, Internet, Mobile etc?

Ans: All such facilities are available at extra cost.

19. Is vegetarian Foods available?

Ans: No. Vegetarian food is available. If needed: Pure vegetarians can cook their own food so that they are happy about what they eat.

20. Is there any dress code for college students?

Ans: Yes. There are uniforms for students and dress codes.

21. Are books available there or we need to carry along with us?

Ans: Some universities provides list of recommended books to carry and some books are given there during session. We suggest students carry books, or purchase it in Philippines.

22. Does stipend is provided there during internship period?

Ans: No, it is not provided.

23. Can I do my internship from My country?

Ans: Yes, but it also depends on the university applied for and also the medical board of the country where the students wants to do the internships.

24. For how many days is the vacation period there? Can a student come to Home during holidays?

Ans: The vacation period is of 6- 8 weeks in Summer – students can go home.

25. What are the services offered by National Vidya Foundation:

Ans: Free counselling to select right course, University and Country
> Arrange guaranteed admission in your desired University/ Course.
> Assistance for passport & visa
> Assistance for foreign exchange through bank
> Accompany student to university and help in settling down
> Regular feedback to parents on student’s development

26. How a student is going to pay tuition fees and other fees?

Ans: The fee can be paid directly to the university by bank transfer for the first year and after that they can carry in form of US$ or Travelers Cheque or Euros and pay it to the university.

27. Whether the University will refund the fees in case the admission is cancelled?

Ans: Once the students reports to the university and joins the same, the University regrets its inability to refund any part of the educational fees and other expenses paid by the student. The decision is all upon the university.

28. Is there any special provision for International students to solve their any personal problems or queries?

Ans: Every university has an International Students Department where a student could address their problems directly.

29. Can a student earn while learning?

Ans: No, a student cannot do job while studying since he/she is having a student visa.

30. Can I practice in my country after I study medicine from Philippines.?

Ans: Yes, you can practice in your country, provided you comply with the rules and laws of the medical council or Medical board of your country.
The University is recognized by the World Health organization, CHED and other bodies.

31. Can I arrive prior to the orientation day?

Ans: Yes. Let the admission office know your planned arrival date and accommodation reservations beginning on the day you designate. Note that you will be responsible for payment of accommodation fees for any additional days outside of your course program.

32. What is the cost of living in Philippines?

Ans: Between US $ 100 to 150 per month depending on your spending habits.

33. What other types of expenses should I plan for while in Philippines?

Ans: Entertainment in Philippines is generally inexpensive. Transportation options include the public bus (which costs less than 20 pesos per ride).

34. How can I get or exchange money while I am in Philippines?

Ans: You may bring money with you, either in the form of cash or traveler’s checks. ATM machines are available in banks, or cash advances can be drawn over the counter at most large banks for a transaction charge. Major hotels and most fine restaurants and stores now accept credit cards. Students enrolling for longer courses can open a bank account through the local bank on campus or down town and transfer funds from accounts in their home country.

35. What do I need to bring with me from home?

Ans: You can buy almost any product and brand that you would find at home. Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. are all readily available. We recommend that you bring any prescription medication in sufficient quantities to last for the duration of your visit and any preferred brands of over-the-counter medications (cold & flu tablets, etc.) Clothing is also plentiful and very inexpensive. Shoes are available, but larger sizes are hard to find.

36. What vaccinations do I need for Philippines?

Ans: The following vaccinations and applicable frequencies are recommended for students coming to Philippines: Hepatitis A (within previous 10 years); Hepatitis B (within previous 5 to 10 years), Japanese B Encephalitis (within previous 3 years); Tetanus (within previous 10 years); Polio (within previous 10 years); and Typhoid (once in lifetime). Students 55 and older should also have a Pneumococcal Vaccine.

37. What is the voltage used in Philippines?

Ans: The voltage here is 220. Converters and power strips may be purchased locally. ?We have tried to answer to all the possible questions, If we have left out any thing please write to us.

38. How the students have to pay Charges to National Vidya Foundation & total course fees?

Ans: Student has to pay the processing fees by bank transaction or write transfer.