COVID19 FAQs

COVID-19 Latest Information & SISFU FAQ's

COVID-19 Latest Information & SISFU FAQ's

SISFU is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. The Philippine Government Department of Health provides daily updates, answering questions about the latest news, current facts and figures, travel advice, key contact and phone numbers. You can access this information using the following links: 

Philippine Government - Department of Health

 

SISFU FAQ's

Please find below FAQ's and responses regarding SISFU's plans during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Note: the COVID-19 situation is changing all the time, and we are continuing to consider and respond to new information as it comes to hand.

UPDATED: 21/4/2020 (note: this page is updated frequently)

FAQs

Q.1 : When will face-to-face teaching resume on campus? (Updated on 21/4/20)

A: Based on the government’s extension of enhanced community quarantine measures in Luzon until April 30th, online classes will continue for the remainder of the school year at all SGEN schools. Face-to-Face classes will resume for School Year 2020-2021. This is subject to change depending on Public Health guidance as issued by the Department of Health, CHED, and DepEd.

Q.2 : I am currently an international student nominally studying on campus in SISFU. What will happen to my current student visa if I decide to study online and either stay in the Philippines or go back home overseas? (new - 25/3/20)

A: For the latest information about Student Visas, please visit http://immigration.gov.ph/ or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Extension of student visa will be processed once all government offices resume operations. Please take note of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Announcement as of March 26:

They announced that they will temporarily be allowing holders of temporary visitors visa, who have stayed in the country for less than one year, to acquire their Emmigration Clearance Certificates (ECCs) at the international airports.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said that the decision followed after Luzon was placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

An ECC is issued to temporary visitors who have stayed in the country for more than six months, and to holders of residence, work, or students visas who wish to leave the country for good.

For international students who have gone back to their home countries, classes and final assessments will be delivered and made available online.

Q.3 : I am a student currently on Industry Placement (WIL). What is happening with me?

A: You have already been contacted by your Dean and/or Head of Industry Placement are they are ready and willing to assist you with your current placement. If you have not checked your email or mobile phone, check it now!

Q.4 : Will the current tuition fee increase or decrease or stay the same as a result of all classes now going online?

A: Tuition fees will remain the same and will not change for the remainder of AY2019-2020.

Q.5 : What happens in relation to my tuition fees if I withdraw or defer?

1. A: An officially enrolled student who leaves the University after the term has commenced shall be entitled to a refund/credit of his/her tuition fee, but not the Admin and Miscellaneous Fees. Accordingly, the refund scheme is as follows:
TUITION FEES PAID IN FULL:
First Week – 80% refund
Second Week – 50% refund
Third and Fourth Week – 25% refund
After 30 days- no refund
TUITION FEES PAID BY INSTALLMENTS:
First Week – 20 % charged
Second to Fourth Week – 50% charged
After 30 days – 100% charged and no refund
2. Any student who drops out of school during a given term due to personal reasons or is dropped due to an administrative sanction arising from an infraction of SISFU rules and regulations shall be required to settle in full his/her outstanding accounts before any school record (e.g. report card, official transcript of records, certification, etc.) can be released.

Q.6 : My Student Visa is expiring. Do I have to leave the Philippines? How could I with the quarantine?

A: For the latest information about Student Visas, please visit: http://immigration.gov.ph/ or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Extension of student visa will be processed once all government offices resume operations.

Please take note of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Announcement as of March 26:

They announced that they will temporarily be allowing holders of temporary Visitors visa, who have stayed in the country for less than one year, to acquire their Emmigration Clearance Certificates (ECCs) at the international airports.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said that the decision followed after Luzon was placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Q.7 : I am an International Student and plan to return home to visit family over the Summer Break. Will I be able to return back to the SISFU campus for SY2020-2021 studies?

A: At the moment this is very much an unknown. It is dependent upon whether further travel restrictions are set in place.

Q.8 : How do I access online learning for my subjects?

A: Check your student email for frequent updates from the Academic team and from your instructors to ensure that you can access the materials for your lessons and assessments.

Q.9 : How will I attend my classes online?

A: Just like you would do on campus, please check your email, Google Classroom, and Blackboard programme each day. There you will find instructions on assignments, video meeting schedules and links, and learning resources.

Q.10 : I am studying a practical subject. How will I complete this online? (new - 25/3/20)

A: If you are enrolled in practical subject, said classes will be scheduled when we resume face-to-face classes on 14 April 2020. In the event there is an extension to the Expanded Community Quarantine you will receive an email to update you on how it will be completed by 10 April 2020.

Q.11 : Do I continue to submit my assessment via Turnitin?

A: A: Yes, all assessment should be submitted on Turnitin as per usual.

Q.12 : Will I still have access to the Library when I study online?

A: Yes, you will continue to have online access to your library resources as normal. We are also creating a dedicated Team for the Library so you can pose questions and get online responses to any questions you may have. In addition you may also refer to the Library circular which provides links to additional free online sources.

Q.13 : Will I be undertaking exams online?

A: Should suspension of classes be extended beyond 14 April 2020, extensions will be requested from the partner institutions for online administration of examinations or alternative assessments.

Q.14 : Will my program change?

A: The Senior High School programme will not change.

For SOBM, There are no DMU programme changes. Only the mode of delivery has been changed in the light of the COVID 19 pandemic.

For SOHM, No. Your current teaching program will stay as it is. There may be some slight adjustments to individual subjects containing practical elements but that’s about it.  These will be reflected in any changes in your calendar.

Q.15 : Will we still have Easter break?

A: Yes, there will be no online classes conducted during the period 06 - 11 April 2020.

Q.16 : If any of my assessments change, how will the changes be communicated?

A: All changes will be communicated to Students via the subject/module lecturer and the Academics Office. New and/or updated Front Sheets/Assessment Briefs (not sure what they are called in DMU) will also be posted to Google Classroom/Blackboard.

SOBM – The Office of Dean of SOBM communicates the schedule changes in submissions and the mode of assessments. Please always refer to Google Classroom announcements.

Q.17a : Will SOBM Industry Placements be offered during Summer Break from June-August 2020? (updated 21/4/20)

A: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, all SISFU internships will be deferred until 2021. This is happening across the board for all SOBM, SOHM, and SHS internships. No one will be able to take an internship this year as the world struggles to deal with the public health crisis.

This is based on guidance by CHED and DepEd and is in line with established best practices to mitigate the spread of the virus.

We know that many of you were looking forward to taking your internships and we are sorry that it has come to this. But this is not the end. You will have the opportunity to complete your internship next year, better prepared, and with far more local and international opportunities than you might have found this year.

Q.17b : Will Industry Placements (WIL) be offered for Hospitality Management Students? (updated 21/4/20)

A. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, all SISFU internships will be deferred until 2021. This is happening across the board for all SOBM, SOHM, and SHS internships. No one will be able to take an internship this year as the world struggles to deal with the public health crisis.

This is based on guidance by CHED and DepEd and is in line with established best practices to mitigate the spread of the virus. ICHM has likewise elected to defer Industry Placements until 2021.

We know that many of you were looking forward to taking your internships and we are sorry that it has come to this. But this is not the end. You will have the opportunity to complete your internship next year, better prepared, and with far more local and international opportunities than you might have found this year.

Q.18 : Can I make payments for School Year 2020-2021 early? (new - 25/3/20)

A. Yes. You can make full or part payment prior to the payment due date at any time through the following methods:

Southville International School Affiliated with Foreign Universities

Lima Street corner Luxembourg Street, BF International, Las Pinas City 



Payment can be made by one of the following methods:


1. Payment by wire, fund and bank transfer 

Bank Account Name:     Southville International School Affiliated with Foreign Universities or (SISFU)

Name of Bank:                Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company

Ayala Alabang Branch, Sycamore Prime Building, Alabang-Zapote Road Corner Buencamino St., Alabang, Muntinlupa City


Bank Account Number:

     Peso Account:                    001-7-001-51331-8      FCDU (Dollar Account):    001-2-001-00891-3

Swift Code:                              MBTCPHMM


2. Payment coming from outside the Philippines may only use the school’s Dollar Account  

Procedure on how to make fund transfer via BPI InstaPay


1. Log in to BPI Online or BPI Mobile app.

2. Select Transfer Money >> Transfer to another bank.

3. Select the bank you want to send money and fill in the details.


Swift Code:                         Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.

Account Number:              001-7-00151-331-8

Account Name:                  SISFU

Address:                              Ayala Alabang Branch, Sycamore Prime Building, Alabang-Zapote Road Corner Buencamino St., Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Birth Date:                          November 03, 1998

Birth Place:                         Las Piñas City


4. Confirm the details and enter the One-Time PIN (OTP) that will be sent to your registered mobile number.

5. Confirmation slip will be send by BPI to your personal email address.


4. GCASH Payment  

Procedure on how to make fund transfer via GCASH


1. Log in to GCASH Mobile app.

2. Select Bank Transfer

3. Select Partner Bank


     Bank:                               Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.      Account Number:         001-2-001-00891-3      Account Name:             SISFU


Note:

Please email us a copy of deposit slip or transaction slip of your wire/fund transfer.

Thefanie B. Balon @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sandra S. Roque @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more questions please call us @ (+632) 8820-9181 loc 100 and 101 or message us @ 0998-963-5282

Q.19 : Can I pay by installments for the remainder of School Year 2019-2020? (new - 31/3/20)

A. Yes, and the instalment payments have been extended to 5 payments:

Tuition fee plans are as follows:

College / Graduate School
a. Plan A – Tuition fees are paid in full
b. Plan B – Tuition fees are paid in 2 installments with a 3% add-on
c. Plan C – Tuition fees are paid in 3 installments with a 5% add-on
d. Plan D- Tuition fees are paid in 3 installments with a 12% add-on
Senior High School
a. Plan A – Tuition fees are paid in full
b. Plan B – Tuition fees are paid in 2 installments with a 4% add-on
c. Plan C – Tuition fees are paid in 3 installments with an 8% add-on

Not Applicable for Online Blended Learning (HND and Extended Diploma), full payment of the tuition fee is required before the start of the class.

Q.20 : Will there be a Senior High School Graduation Ceremony in June this year? (new - 25/3/20)

The Graduation Ceremony has been delayed indefinitely following the precautionary safety measures of DepEd and the national govt, e.g. social distancing, etc. Alternative arrangements will be made in line with public health guidelines. This FAQ will be updated as soon as we can confirm that Graduation will be proceeding and when.

Q.21 : Will there be a College Graduation Ceremony in September this year? (new - 25/3/20)

A: This is very much unknown at this stage.  This FAQ will be updated as soon as we can confirm that Graduation will be proceeding and when.

Q.22 : Thanks for the FAQ, but I still have further questions. Who do I contact?

A: Please direct your questions to the appropriate party using the following directory: https://sisfu.edu.ph/directory