Costs & Dates

Program Cost

Tuition for Non-USF Students*: $15,000 (includes room & board)

*The USF Advantage: All USF financial aid can be applied to Casa Bayanihan, so the tuition for USF students will be a function of their financial aid package, and will never exceed what they are paying to attend USF for a normal semester. In addition, all USF students benefit by going to Casa Bayanihan because their room and board is included in their regular tuition.

Application Deadline: March 20. Financial aid will be distributed based on need and merit for applicants who apply by this date.

Please direct any questions to Casa co-directors, Heidi Kallen ( or Grace Salceanu (, or to  Barbara St. Marie at the University of San Francisco ( 

Program Dates

Fall 2015: August 17 - December 16

Spring 2016: January 18 - May 18

Additional Estimated Expenses
  • Weekend Meals: $300
  • Books & Supplies: $100
  • Airfare: $1,100-1,500
  • In-country Visa Expenses: $385

Notes: The program cost covers full tuition for 16 semester units, housing in a single or shared room at the Casa, meals during the week, and also includes many excursions and field trips, cultural activities, and extended orientation and re-entry programs. This does not include travel to the Philippines, books, and other incidentals listed in the "additional estimated expenses." If you are not a University of San Francisco student, please be aware that the actual cost of the program and credit accepted is determined by your home institution. Please check with the appropriate officials on your campus for the cost of the program and academic credit policies.

Rizal Scholarship

A semester studying in the Philippines through Casa Bayanihan has a special advantage for Filipino-American students. It enables them to explore their heritage, deepen their pride in Filipino culture, and come to a fuller appreciation of their own identity. The Rizal scholarship was established to encourage an exceptional member of Kasamahan to garner these benefits of studying abroad in the Philippines, and to share these benefits with the Kasamahan upon his or her return. In this way, it seeks to enliven the entire community of Kasamahan with the lived reality of the Philippines.


$1,000 travel scholarship for Casa Bayanihan alternative semester abroad in the Philippines.


Members of Kasamahan in their sophomore or junior year at USF with a GPA 3.0 or above. All majors are eligible. Recipients of the scholarship must complete the Casa Bayanihan application and be accepted.

Application Process

Please answer the following question in 1000 words or less and submit with your application to Heidi Kallen (

- What are some of the ways you could imagine your experience in the Philippines could enrich Kasamahan when you return?


-March 20, 2015 - Fall 2015 semester
-October 9, 2015 - Spring 2016 semester

For further questions please contact Heidi Kallen –