FAQ


Regarding ETHOS…:

 

1. Why do you call yourselves ETHOS?

In ancient times, the Greek word ETHOS meant CUSTOMS or HABITS! We chose the name ETHOS for our corporation because we are a service company that specializes in helping people change their habits.

ETHOS is an acronym and stands for “Ethics To Help Others Succeed”! Everything we do is designed to help our customers become better people!

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2. Is ETHOS a registered corporation?

Yes. ETHOS is registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, with all other pertinent government agencies. ETHOS also has a business permit from the local Cebu City government. We issue Official Receipts for all financial transactions. All our programs are registered with TESDA. We are also registered with the Department of Tourism as a Tourist Training Program.

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3. What is the FOCUS of your business?

We provide training programs that help people better themselves. Our primary focus is upon learning languages. This can help people travel abroad, get better jobs, get accepted into schools in other countries, improve their relationships, or just feel better about themselves! We want to help people fulfill their dreams.

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4. Who may enroll in the ETHOS programs?

Any person who is at least 15 years old can enroll in our programs. We do sometimes offer group programs (English Camps) for younger children.

We will consider ANY request we receive, but we reserve the right to refuse training based upon our policy.

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5. What are the rules regarding paying for the training?

We have a strict pay-before-study policy.

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6. What are the rules regarding rate quotations you give to customers?

Any price quotation is good for 30 days. If you do not decide to enroll by the end of the 30 days, we will give you a new price quotation.

We offer discounts for groups and we often offer special promotional package rates. Those special rates are only available for a limited time. There are a limited number of seats and so they are given on a “first come, first served” basis.

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Regarding ENGLISH TRAINING…

 

1. How many different kinds of English study options are there?

Our English program has two study options. One option has four subjects each day. Those subjects are Reading, Pronunciation, Conversation, and Grammar. Students taking this program simply focus upon improving their conversation skills.

The second option has five subjects. It has the Reading, Pronunciation, Conversation, and Grammar, just like the first option. However, this study program also has a Writing class. Students should choose this option if they need to improve their English for work or for school.

All our program options can accept students of all English levels. We assess students and then place them in LOW, MEDIUM, or HIGH groupings. Our teachers then scale our study material up and down to fit the needs of each level of students they have in the classroom.

All classes start out with the basics and progress as far advanced as the students can go in the time they are with us.

We also offer online classes. You can choose from 25-minute or 50-minute class options. The classes can be audio only or video. We can use Skype or any other video program you choose.

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2. Do you offer one-on-one (man to man) study options?

We do not have one-on-one classes in our English study program. However, ALL classes have a maximum of six (6) students. This gives you a personalized study experience.

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3. What is the FREE 15-minute tutoring?

We do not have one-on-one for our main study program, but we DO offer free one-on-one tutoring after school each weekday. During the morning, students sign up for a 15-minute session with an American teacher after school. Students can study anything they want in these classes.

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4. My English level is low. Can I still come to ETHOS?

When students come to ETHOS, we give an assessment and then place students into study groups of LOW, MEDIUM, and HIGH. Once we find your training level, our teachers will help you improve your English no matter how low your starting level might be.

If you have a low level and want to go to work in Australia, or some other country, we suggest that you study at least 4 months.

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Regarding JAPANESE TRAINING…

 

1. Can I enroll even if I have no previous Japanese language study experience?

Yes you can. There is no previous Japanese language requirement for enrollment in our study program. We are very happy to accept students with no knowledge of Japanese! There is also no upper age limit for our program and so if you are interested in learning Japanese. We have simple conversation courses, but we also have intensive studies for those wanting to learn Japanese for career enhancement. Our teachers are all skilled in the language and we also have Japanese native speakers studying English with which you can practice speaking your Japanese! Contact us and we will help set up a program that is right for you!

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2. Do you give certificate after finishing the course?

Yes, assuming that you successfully complete the requirements for the course, we will issue you a certificate. We can also provide a course description so that anyone who is interested will know exactly what was covered in the course and what that certificate represents.

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3. How many different Japanese courses can I take?

As long as you pay the course fee, there is no limit to the number of courses you can take. The only thing we suggest is that you take them in order of easiest to more difficult.

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4. What is the JLPT exam I read about in the course explanation page?

JLPT stands for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and it is administered by the Japanese government in Japan and in many foreign countries. It is a standardized test to measure and certify the Japanese language proficiency level of non-native speakers. The test administered twice yearly, in July and December outside Japan. Training for these exams is scheduled to start early enough so students have at least 50 hours of classroom training before the exam date.

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5. Why should I study the Japanese language?

Knowing Japanese can bring many opportunities into your life. Aside from making more friends from Japan, if you know Japanese very well you can explore possible employment opportunities in Japan. There ARE many good paying jobs available for Filipinos, but you MUST speak Japanese well in order to be hired.

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Regarding HOUSING…

 

1. How much does housing cost?

There are different housing options and each one has a different cost. The cheapest is our DORMITORY apartment. The next cheapest if HOME STAY. The most expensive is OUTSIDE STAY.

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2. Can I have a private room?

In HOME STAY housing, students stay in a room in one of the houses of an American teacher. The students staying there will share the room. Each student will have their own bed. Depending upon the size of the room, a student might have one or more roommates.

In our DORMITORY, students also share rooms. The number of roommates will depend upon the size of the room.

We do not accept “private room” requests for Home Stay or for the Dormitory.

Students who wish to have private rooms can request that we book rooms in one of our OUTSIDE STAY facilities. We have good relationships with several local businesses that rent rooms.

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3. Can my girlfriend and I share a room?

Couples who are not married cannot stay in the same room in HOME STAY or in the DORMITORY. If unmarried couples wish to stay together, they will have to find a place to stay outside of ETHOS housing.

Our dormitories have separate rooms for males and females.

Males and females cannot share a room in ETHOS housing unless they are married, or are close relatives (example: brothers and sisters, or cousins).

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4. Is there a curfew?

Yes, we do have a curfew. Students who study at ETHOS are our responsibility. We are responsible to the Philippine government for the safety of our students. Since students of ETHOS need to be ready for classes each day, we impose a curfew of MIDNIGHT (00:00 AM) on school nights (Sunday through Thursday).

No student of ETHOS should be out after that hour without permission. If you violate curfew, we reserve the right to expel you from the program and send you home. If we send you home, you will lose any remaining training fee as a fine. As long as you remember that you are here at ETHOS to study and NOT to cause trouble, you will be fine.

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5. Can I use the kitchen in a Home Stay house?

Home Stay houses are the personal homes of our American teachers. You may not use any kitchen facilities without permission. This applies to stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, and any other things in the kitchen. ASK PERMISSION FIRST!

Students staying in the dormitory have a complete kitchen to use for cooking. Of course, all the students staying there must share one kitchen, everyone must cooperate and clean up after using it.

Home Stay students may also cook in the kitchen of the dormitory.

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6. Can I arrive at ETHOS a few days early or stay a few days after my study so I can go sightseeing?

Students should arrive at ETHOS on Sunday before their study starts, and they should leave ETHOS on Saturday, after their study is complete. We understand that scheduling flights can be difficult. Sometimes, a student must arrive a day early. Sometimes, a student must wait an extra day to leave ETHOS. We understand this.

However, a student may not schedule arrival several days before or departure several days after and stay in ETHOS housing.

If you wish to come early then make your own housing arrangements for staying before the Sunday before class is supposed to begin.

If you wish to stay later then make your own housing arrangements for staying after the Saturday after class is supposed to end.

We must have our housing available for students.

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Regarding IMMIGRATION…

1. Do I need a visa to study at ETHOS?

All foreign nationals must have a visa to enter the Philippines. Some can get the visa at the airport when they arrive. Others must get the visa before they leave their home countries.

Please see this article for details about visa requirements for the Philippines from your country.

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2. What is an SSP?

All foreign students studying English in the Philippines must get a Special Study Permit (SSP) from the Bureau of Immigration. The school must get this for the student after the student arrives in the Philippines. The SSP costs about US$120.00 and is valid for 6 month.

The SSP is school-specific. If you study at one school and then transfer to another school, you will have to get a new SSP for the new school.

If you plan to study for more than 6 months then you will have to get additional SSP’s for each additional 6-month period of study.

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3. Can I stay longer than 30 days?

Yes. You can extend your visa at our local immigration office. The extension costs about US$75.00 per month.

We can handle this for you and we will not charge you a service fee. All you will pay is whatever the immigration receipt indicates, plus transportation for our school immigration officer.

If you stay 2 months or longer, you will also have to get an ACRi Card, which will add US$50.00 to whatever visa fee you must pay.

Plan your trip carefully. If your visa is scheduled to expire even 1 day before you are to leave the country, you will have to pay for an extension of at least 1 month. If you fail to do this, when you get to the airport, they will make you pay for the extension and charge you a penalty fee.

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4. Is there a departure tax when I leave Cebu?

Yes. There is an airport tax of 850.00 Pesos (about US$17.00) for all departing international flight travelers. All travelers leaving on international flights out of Cebu must pay this.

If you are leaving Cebu going to Manila, you will not need to pay this fee.

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