USF offers several different opportunities for students interested in studying abroad in the Philippines. With experiences ranging from intensive summer programs to semester-long immersions, you are guaranteed to find something that will fit your interests. "Casa Bayanihan has been a wonderful
gift to my experience here at USF
my only hope is that the program would do the same for others." - Tara
Peithman, Casa Participant 2012
Below you can find more information on the following abroad opportunities:
- Casa Bayanihan
- USF in the Philippines (Summer)
- Ateneo de Manila (Semester/Year)
Casa Bayanihan Semester Program
What can I expect? A
semester-long immersion program in Manila that provides students with a comprehensive and integrated living-learning
experience of the culture, history, social and economic conditions of
the Philippines. Casa Bayanihan is an invitation to experience the
dynamic reality of the
Philippines in an alternative study abroad program. Rooted in the four
pillars of accompaniment of marginalized communities, rigorous
academics at the local Jesuit university, Ateneo de Manila, simple
living in community, and spirituality, this integration supports
students in developing "a well-educated solidarity" needed for our
world.Perhaps one of the most formative experiences for Casa Bayanihan
students is the experience in the praxis communities, where students
build relationships with Filipinos in the midst of their daily lives.
Seeing the Filipinos as their teachers, combined with the opportunity to
reflect critically in community and individually, Casa Bayanihan is an
education for transformation.
the logistics? This program allow USF students to use all
Federal, State and USF financial aid (except work study) to cover the
cost of the program. The curriculum of the Casa Bayanihan is designed
for most undergraduate
majors, enabling you to meet your graduation requirements with academic
credit granted through USF. The program is open to students that have a
cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and are typically of Junior standing
(although exceptions can be made for sophomores and seniors). Due to a
generous grant by an anonymous donor, the costs of the program for
Spring 2012 have been significantly diminished and you can take
advantage of this opportunity for only $4100. The donor will be
paying for all tuition, room and board and you will only have to pay for
the following estimated costs: Weekend Meals: $300 Books/Supplies:
$200 Personal Expenses: $600 Airfare: $1,300 Living Expenses: $500
To apply, you should (1) contact the
Center for Global Education to discuss the application process (2) visit the the Casa Bayanihan page at USF's St. Ignatius Institute for more information and an online application. The
deadline is March 31, 2012
For complete information on all the
abroad programs offered in the Philippines, visit USF's
Center for Global Education.
Ateneo de Manila University - "USF in the Philippines"
Short Term International Program
What can I expect?
By participating in the "USF in The Philippines" Program you will gain an overview of the country’s history, politics and current challenges. You will meet Filipinos from all walks of life; you will see the natural beauty and environmental threats facing the land; and, you will contribute to changing the lives of some Filipinos. At the end of the program you will be exhausted, changed, and personally and academically enriched.
What are the logistics?
The program lasts approximately five weeks in the summer. You will earn four USF credits that will count towards the Philippine Studies Minor. Any USF undergraduate with a GPA 2.0 or higher can apply. All participants must have a valid U.S. passport and have appropriate health insurance. The breakdown of costs are as follows - Tuition: $1,770 Airfare: $1,300 Insurance: $75 Visa: $45 Room
and Board: $975
What about class?
The main campus of the Ateneo de Manila
University is located in Quezon
City within Metro Manila. USF students attend a special class at the
Ateneo de Manila University where scholars from the Ateneo address such
topics as the
history of the Philippines, cultural values and beliefs,
Filipino-American relations, contemporary economic and environmental
issues, popular culture, music and the arts as well as Filipino
religiosity and cuisine. The program also includes field trip visits.
On-site debriefing and reflection sessions will provide you
ample opportunity to process your experiences, explore your reactions
and share ideas with the group. Assignments will include reflection
and a final project to be completed upon your return to the United
To apply, you must (1) Apply to the program (contact the Center for Global Education); and (2) register for The Philippines Today (YPSP-324-01) as part of your Summer course load.
Ateneo de Manila University - Semester/Year-Long Program
Take advantage of this USF-sponsored program and spend a semester or year abroad at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU). Courses are taught in English so there is no language requirement for the program. The program runs from June - October in the Fall and March - June in the Spring. Deadlines and academic course information can be found in this document: Philippines, Manila