Language schools in the Philippines

April 17, 2013
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It’s summer — and I am reminded once again of how I missed those days of no school, just bumming around the house, or hanging out with friends. It was fun but doing the same things every day does get boring after a while.

One of the most productive summers I’ve ever had was when I decided to study Japanese. It was a fun language to learn and eventually, it became a hobby. What started out as a simple hobby soon opened up a lot of opportunities for growth, personal development and career advancement. In fact, I landed my very first job because I knew Japanese. And even outside the workplace, I have lots of opportunities to earn from my language skill — I taught basic Japanese (Nihongo Center Foundation, Manila) and was also a freelance translator.

If you are a student thinking of taking language lessons while on summer vacation, congratulations! It will be one of the best life-enriching decisions you will ever make. I can vouch for myself :)

What language to study?

Well, find out what interests you most: anime, music, travel, food, history, anything. If you have lots of interests, narrow down your list until you find the one language that you are most interested in. You can, of course, learn two if you think you can do both at the same time :) But that’s hardly advisable, especially if you are starting from scratch for both languages. It will just mess up your learning curve and you’ll end up not learning anything at all.

Where to study?

Lucky for you, there are more language learning centers now than there were back in the early 2000s. More schools, more resources, more online courses, more apps. (I will write about resources and apps on future posts. Today I will just concentrate on brick-and-mortar schools).

Obviously, there are other things to consider like budget and distance from home to school and you need to factor these in your decision.

Here is a short directory of major language schools in the Philippines. This is by no means complete and I will add to the list as soon as I have sufficient info on particular schools.


1. Nihongo Center Foundation - Japanese
Manila school: 
825 R. Papa Street, Sampaloc, Manila
Tel.: +63-2-7353179 / +63-2-7352920

Makati school:
3F Dominion Bldg., 833 Arnaiz Avenue (Formerly Pasay Road), Makati City
Tel.: +63-2-8924916 to 19

2. Alliance Francaise de Manille - French
209 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air II, Makati City
Tel.: +63-2-895 7585 / +63-2-895 7441

3. Goethe Institut - German
G/4-5/F Adamson Centre
121 Leviste St., Salcedo Village
1227 Makati City
Tel.:+63-2-8405723 / +63-2-8405724 / +63-2-8170978

4. Instituto Cervantes - Spanish
855 T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila
Tel.: +63-2-5261482

5. Societa Dante Alighieri-Manila - Italian
Unit 45/4th floor, Zeta Building, 191 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Tel: +63-2-7592016

6. Korean Cultural Center - Korean
2F Mancor Corporate Center, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Tel: +63-2-5551711

7. Berlitz Philippines - multiple languages
Berlitz Makati
2F Peninsula Court Building, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
Tel: +63-2-8132231 / +63-2-8179319
Mobile: +63-917-6305489

Berlitz Connecticut, Greenhills
Designmix Center, 2F Unit 7, #59 Connecticut St., Greenhills, San Juan
Tel: +63-2-2175777 / +63-2-7231304
Mobile: +63-917-5805980

Berlitz @ Educate Shangri-La
5th floor, Shangrila-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Tel: +63-2-6389116

8. Bridge Language Center - multiple languages
17N Burgundy Corporate Tower, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City
Tel.: +63-2-8563585
Mobile: +63-917-6BRIDGE (274343)

9. TESDA Language Center - English, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish

TESDA Complex Taguig, Gate 2, TESDA Complex, East Service Road, South Superhighway, Taguig City
Tel: +63-2-8178933

10. Asian Center for Foreign Languages - multiple languages
2502-B West Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Centre (Tektite Tower), Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Tel: +63-2-6877342 / +63-2-6330722

11. Languages Internationale - multiple languages
926 A. Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City
Tel: +63-2-8107765

12. International Language Academy Manila - English
2/F Makati Creekside Mall Bldg. Amorsolo Cor. VA Rufino St.
Legazpi Village, Makati City
Tel: +63-2-5199502 / +63-917-5374474


1. Alliance Francaise de Cebu - French
371 Gorordo Ave, Cebu City 6000
Tel: +63-32-2321311


1. German Language Services – German
214 Quezon Blvd., 2nd floor ISeC Bldg.
8000 Davao City
Tel: +63-82-271 9020 /+63-939-9054651

Last updated: 17 November 2014

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14 Responses to Language schools in the Philippines

  1. Rey Buyco Jr
    January 10, 2016 at 15:55

    Hi! I’m Rey, and I was seriously convinced that Japanese Language is an advantage. However, I’m an independent person so I don’t have enough money for the tuition so I would like to ask if you can advise me an institution where I can learn Japanese for free or for a minimum amount. Thank you and You have an awesome blog btw. :)

    • January 11, 2016 at 08:42

      Hello Rey! Thanks for the message. UP offers extramural courses for Japanese. Please see here:
      You can also check out self-study courses. There are so many good resources — Pimsleur, Michel Thomas, Genki, Glossika, Assimil. You can even find a tutor through It is cheaper than getting a private tutor locally. You just have to find those resources that work for you.
      For other languages (not Nihongo), I regularly use Assimil and Glossika :) Good luck on your Japanese journey! I hope you can keep me updated with your progress :)

  2. April 6, 2015 at 14:47

    Hi! Just want to ask if paano sakayan papunta sa International Language Academy Manila? From Sm Bicutan.
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    • April 7, 2015 at 08:46

      Hi Pamela! You can take any jeep going to Makati. Get off at Magallanes, and take a jeep near the corner of EDSA-Magallanes. I think the jeepney goes to Pasay Road/SM Makati. Get off at the corner of Pasay Road (near Walter Mart). From there, you can walk to ILAM Creekside.
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  3. mohammed
    March 30, 2015 at 11:42

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  4. Connie
    June 8, 2014 at 23:41

    My friend is thinking of taking a japanese language lesson..
    Could you send me some details about the tuition and the class schedule..and how long it be..pls msg me in my email add.thank you ..

  5. June 6, 2014 at 14:13

    For those located in Laguna, Cavite and Batangas, you can also check 5M Star Training Center for their Japanese/ Nihongo Language Training. You can contact at (049)530-1496 or 09326175514 for more info. Their instructors are the same as those used by the Japan Foundation for their classes.
    Angel recently posted..Why Learn Japanese / Nihongo?My Profile

  6. abdumanan
    May 9, 2014 at 11:28

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  7. April 23, 2014 at 16:49

    Ilang bwan po inaabot sa arabic language and magkano po?

  8. anna
    April 23, 2014 at 15:44

    Where did you study japanese initially? I wish to learn japanese also, but i’m a graduate already and so I only need a few months or so, because I have to find a job. Anyway what language school did you go to? and is there anywhere near qc? thank you so much.

    • April 23, 2014 at 16:47

      Hi Anna. I studied at Nihongo Center Foundation in Sampaloc, Manila. I took LRT 2 from my QC house to Legarda Station. Good luck!

  9. January 14, 2014 at 00:47

    i have a friend who wants to work here in philippines, he is from pakistani, an arabic teacher, can he work or teach arabic here in philippines with these schools that are listed above who offers a multiple language?..

    • January 14, 2014 at 09:13

      Hi Edzelle. Please get in touch with TESDA if they are hiring Arabic teachers. Good luck to your friend!

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