Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU)

Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU)

Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU)

The year 1967, before foundation of Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) marked the auspicious beginnings of what is to become a premier educational institution in the country particularly in the field of medicine, nursing, and paramedical courses. It all started when Jose C. Olivares, a chemistry professor by vocation but with strong entrepreneurial spirit, and his son-in-law, Dr. Vicente M. Santos, an obstetrician, founded the Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in 1967. It soon became the primary provider of medical services to the residents of Valenzuela and its neighboring towns. With a vision of creating medical complex that will be a training center for competent health care providers, Mr. Olivares created the Fatima Medical Science Foundation Inc., and initially established the Our Lady of Fatima College of Nursing in 1973.

More curricular programs were added in the 1970s including courses in Midwifery, Chemistry, and Veterinary Medicine. More buildings were erected to accommodate the rapidly growing student populace.

In June 1979, the Fatima College of Medicine welcomed its pioneer batch of medical students with Dean Filemon T. Gozum, M.D. at the helm of the academic program. Underscoring its civic and humanitarian calling, the Fatima Medical Science Foundation Inc., established the Leonora Juzgaya Scholarship Grant, which bestows free tuition, board and lodging and textbooks to financially challenged but academically gifted medical students.

Through the years, the Our Lady of Fatima University has responded to the rapid changes in medical science and technology and the social milieu through constant modernization of its facilities and continuing development of its faculty. From the 1980s through the 1990s the country witnessed the development of OLFU with the inclusion of other courses and programs such as Physical Therapy, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Computer Studies, Maritime Education and Criminology.

In 1996, OLFU opened a new campus in Hilltop Subdivision in Fairview, Quezon City that provided the same course offerings as that of OLFU-Valenzuela.

The unrelenting and concerted efforts to establish a center of excellence in the medical sciences and other disciplines by the administration, faculty and staff of the Our Lady of Fatima College have finally come to fruition. As an affirmation of the commitment to uphold the highest standard and quality of education, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) granted the College the University status in December 2, 2002 by virtue of Resolution No. 401, series of 2002. Dr. Vicente M. Santos, Sr. was installed as the first president of the University in solemn investiture rites held on December 18 at the main campus in Valenzuela City. After that, the university was granted Deregulated status by the CHED, a privilege given only to selected private universities.

With the status of University, OLFU in 2003, offered Bachelor of Secondary Education and Bachelor of Elementary Education. It has since then produced teachers that mentor students in private and public schools throughout the country.

In 2007, in answer to the growing demand to establish more OLFU campuses, the administration purchased and developed a 4-hectare area that is now OLFU-Antipolo. The sprawling campus provides the same course offerings as in its sister campuses.

In 2009, the Commission on Higher Education awarded the University, Autonomous Status for its accomplishments, adherence to quality assurance, and commitment to public responsibility and accountability as a higher education institution. As an autonomous higher educational institution, OLFU has attained what several educational institutions strive for but few attain.

2009 In March 2009, OLFU was granted by the CHED an Autonomous Status for its “enormous contribution to the growth and prominence of tertiary education in the country and the Asia Pacific, and for its commitment through quality education, research, and extension work.”

In the same year, CHED granted the University “A (t) Status” after OLFU applied to the commission’s national program called IQUAME (Institution Quality Assurance through Monitoring and Evaluation) and was recognized as a “Mature Teaching Institution” and the College of Nursing was cited as a Center of Development by the Commission on Higher Education; and in 2010, the College of Nursing was awarded Level III by Philippine Association of Colleges, Universities Commission on Accreditation PACUCOA.

2012 The University expands to Pampanga as it acquired East Central Colleges (ECC) of San Fernando which was integrated into the OLFU System. The OLFU Pampanga Campus will be opened this June 2013.

To date, the Our Lady of Fatima University has 4 campuses: Valenzuela City (Main Campus), Quezon City (Hilltop Campus) Antipolo City and Pampanga.

Infrastructure - Our Lady of Fatima University

The main campus is located in Valenzuela City, on the outskirt of Metropolitan Manila. Highly charged and steaming with activity, the main campus in Valenzuela City houses the College of Medicine Building and the Allied Medicine Bld (AMS) where the College of Dentistry is situated. Common areas are Wi-Fi accessible. Also situated in Valenzuela is the Fatima University Medical Center that is a partner institution for the College of Medicine.

Another cluster of Valenzuela Campus buildings are in the vicinity of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. This location houses the college of Hospitality and Institutional Management, College of Maritime and College of Business Administration among others.

The population of foreign students exposes one to diverse cultures and likewise gives the community an international touch.

The Valenzuela campus has easy access to downtown Manila and metro Quezon City. Bus and taxi commutes are easy and numerous. The metro train terminals (LRT: NW to SW and MRT: N to S) are only 15-25 minutes ride from campus.

Valenzuela Campus exclusively houses the Doctor of Medicine Program, Doctor of Dental Medicine and College of Maritime Studies (as of SY2010-2011)

Infrastructure - Our Lady of Fatima University

Students from India after class 12 first enrol in a Pre-medical course for 8-10 months before they are eligible to be admitted to the 4 year medical course. Students with a Bachelors Degree 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 3 affiliated Hospitals 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 AFP Hospital for Clerkship.

Fees for BSMD - Our Lady of Fatima University

ParticularsBS-1st YearBS-2nd YearMD-1st YearMD-2nd YearMD-3rd YearMD-4th YearTotal Fees
Tuition Fees (in USD)10,0003,5006,4006,4006,4006,40039,100
Exchange rate65656565656565
Tuition Fees (in INR)6,50,0002,27,5004,16,0004,16,0004,16,0004,16,00025,41,500

Exchange rate: 1 US $ = 65 Indian rupees.
Fees are denominated in pesos and may subject to change with change in exchange rate.
Important: Tuition Fees are to be paid directly to the University and not collected by any agent.

Other Expenses:
  1. Visa renewal – 175 USD per Semester.
  2. Admission & Visa processing – $5,500 + 990 (18% GST extra) = $ 6,490.
Details of Admission & Visa processing is given below:
$500Application fee – non-refundable
$5000Visa & Documentation, Student Visa Conversion in Manila, One time – Air fare, Airport Pick-up, ACR Card, Medical Check-up, One year Health Insurance, First Year Books/Notes & Uniform, NMAT Books, Wifi Pouch, Local SIM, Bank A/c., Local Tours – non-refundable
$5500Total (To be calculated on selling price of date of payment: www.hdfcbank.com/assets/pdf/forex_rates/rates.pdf)
Living Expenses:
  1. Hostel fees for 12 months USD 2,730 (INR 177,450) – 2 student sharing basis.
  2. Canteen for 3 months USD 400 (INR 26,000).
Other Information:
  1. Total initial payment for 1st year will be $17,700.
  2. 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 18 years.
  3. There will be NO increase is Fees during the duration of the course.
  4. No Hidden cost. No Donation.

Fees for MD - Our Lady of Fatima University

Particulars1st Year2nd Year3rd Year4th YearTotal Fees
Foreign student fees6,0006,000
Tuition Fees (in USD)7,0007,0007,0007,00028,000
Total Fees (in USD)13,0007,0007,0007,00034,000
Exchange Rate6565656565
Total Fees (in INR)8,45,0004,55,0004,55,0004,55,00022,10,000

Exchange rate: 1 US $ = 65 Indian rupees.
Important: 1. Tuition Fees are to be paid directly to the University and not collected by any agent.
2. In first year USD 5000 has to be deposited into universities bank account before Visa Processing and balance after Visa.

Other Expenses:
  1. Visa renewal – 175 USD per Semester
  2. Admission & Visa processing – $5,500 + 990 (18% GST extra) = $ 6,490.
Details of Admission & Visa processing is given below:
$500Application fee
$5000Visa & Documentation, Student Visa Conversion in Manila, One time – Air fare, Airport Pick-up,,ACR Card, Medical Check-up, One year Health Insurance,
First Year Books/Notes & Uniform, NMAT Books,,Wifi Pouch, Local SIM, Bank A/c., Local Tours
$5500Total (To be calculated on selling price of current date: www.hdfcbank.com/assets/pdf/forex_rates/rates.pdf)
Living Expenses:
  1. Hostel fees for 12 months USD 2,730 (INR 177,450) – 2 student sharing basis.
  2. Canteen for 3 months USD 400 (INR 26,000).
Other Information:
  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 18 years.
  2. There will be NO increase is Fees during the duration of the course.
  3. NO Hidden cost. NO Donation.


Click here to Apply Online



  1. Download Application Form
  2. 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
  3. After submission of Application form, an “ADMISSION LETTER” will be issued. This can take 5 to 15 working days.


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: http://www.passportindia.gov.in

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

Authorized Representative For Admission from India:

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

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. 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. Students should be 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.

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.

03. What is the total duration of this course?

Ans: The total duration is 5 years for students who have been educated till class 12 with Science.

The first 1 months is a 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.

If you already have a Bachelors Degree then the Medical Degree lasts 4 years.

Post Graduation is for 3 to 5 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 is this University located?

Ans: The University is located in MAKATI, METRO 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 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.

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.

18. Are students allowed to prepare their own food?

Ans: Some have facilities for cooking. Students who hire apartments outside can cook at home. All Universities have canteens for students.

19. Is vegetarian Foods available?

Ans: Yes. 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: 1. Carry money in Cash or Traveler’s checks. 2. Transfer money via Bank and ATM using international Debit Card or Travel Card. 3. Students enrolling for long courses can open a bank account through local Banks 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 wire transfer.