STUDY at the Ateneo de Manila University with professors who are experts in their fields and on topics related to Asia.
LIVE in a unique and close-knit learning community within walking distance of the Ateneo.
LEARN by integrating a reality-based community experience with rigorous academic courses taken at the Ateneo de Manila University. Also learn the history of a country whose people are the second largest immigrant group in the U.S
EXPLORE the unique reality of island culture through visiting remote indigenous villages in the Philippines.
VOLUNTEER by being immersed and becoming part of a Filipino marginalized community. You may,for example, accompany street children and their families in metro-Manila or collaborate with community organizers as they build homes and support families
REFLECT on life as a global citizen and immerse yourself in country by doing a field placement, or praxis.
How to Apply
Where You'll Study
Philippines Study Center
The USF Casa Bayanihan program in the Philippines offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the reality of the Philippines. The program is rooted in four components, or pillars: accompaniment, academics, community, and spirituality. Beginning with sustained accompaniment of the poor, the Casa Bayanihan integrates praxis experience into rigorous academic reflection, and then supports this reflection through a carefully structured web of spiritual and communal support. A significant aspect of the Casa experience includes field placement where students are be placed within a small community where they will accompany and develop unique relationships with the local Filipino people. Learning amidst the gritty reality of these poor communities will be one of the most important aspects of this immersion experience.
As part of the living and learning community, all students live together in community near the Ateneo de Manila University. This neighborhood is in a 5-minute walk from the Ateneo and is home to many Ateneo employees and their families. You will be provided with most things you will need such as a fan, bed linens, and pillow.
Meals are also be provided for students.
Click here to view course schedules. All Casa courses intentionally incorporate classroom-based and praxis-based learning during the semester. Your professors will integrate your direct immersion experience into the course structure, readings, and assignments.
For more detailed information regarding costs of program, inclusions, scholarships and financial aid information, please refer to the the Study Abroad Financial Aid and Scholarship Information link.