Jose Rizals Education

Jose Rizals Education
His Studies in Manila and in Europe
Educational background
Jose Rizal was known to have studies in 2 places.
Europe and Manila.
Early Education in Manila
• Rizals was first taught under Justiniano Aquino
Cruz in Biñan, Laguna.
• When he enrolled in Ateneo Municipa, he
changed his name to Rizal. to escape the
opprobrium of the name Mercado, as it was
undesirable. He received his Bachelor of Arts
in 1877 and graduated as one of the nine
students declared sobresaliente or
He also graduated at the age of 16.
Later Education in Manila
He continued his studies in Ateneo to obtain a land surveyor and
assessor’s degree as post-graduate courses.
Rizal passed his surveyor’s exam in 1877 yet he was not
licensed to practice since he was only 17. He was later granted
license in 1881. At the same time he was taking up Philosophy
and Letters in University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Arts and
He later took up medicine in the University of Sto. Tomas Faculty
of Medicine and Surgery when he found out that his mother
was going blind. He specialized in ophthalmology.
Unfortunately, he did not finish this degree due to the
discrimination he suffered from Dominican friars.
Education in Europe
Yes, he studied in many places in Europe.
• Places to include: France, Paris
• Germany, Berlin
• Spain, Madrid
Early Education in Spain and Paris
In May 1882, Rizal went to Spain, Madrid to
study in Universidad Central de Madrid where
he earned a degree in Licentiate in Medicine.
He then continued his education in the
University of Paris and the University of
Heidelberg for his second doctorate.
Rizals Education and what he did in
Berlin- He became a part of the Berlin Ethnological Society and
the Berlin Anthropological Society under a well-known man
named Rudolf Virchow. He wrote a poem for Heidelberg
entitled “"A las flores del Heidelberg," which was a prayer
dedicated to his native land and his hopes of unifying East
and West values and culture. Heidelberg- Rizal completed
the eye specialization program and became and
Continued: Rizals Education in
He wrote a letter to his parents while in Germany, “I
spend half of the day in the study of German and the
other half, in the diseases of the eye. Twice a week, I
go to the bierbrauerie, or beerhall, to speak German
with my student friends.” He lived in a Karlstraße
boarding house then moved to Ludwigsplatz. There,
he met Reverend Karl Ullmer and stayed with them in
Wilhelmsfeld, where he wrote the last few chapters
of "Noli Me Tangere“. After Jose’s European studies
he was an ophthalmologist, sculptor, painter,
educator, farmer, historian, playwright and journalist.
He also became a Freemason during his stay in Spain.
Thank You for
listening and
Stan Poon