Casa Bayanihan offers you an opportunity to immerse yourself 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. This then facilitates the transformation needed to develop a “well-educated solidarity.”
A significant aspect of your Casa experience will include field placement or what we refer to as praxis site. In the praxis site, you will be placed within a small community where you 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 your immersion experience.
The program is located in Manilla, Philippines.
The curriculum of the Casa Bayanihan is designed for most undergraduate majors, enabling you to meet your graduation requirements with academic credit granted through the University of San Francisco or your home institution. Your classes will be taught by some of the best professors at the Ateneo de Manila University - experts in their fields and on topics related to Asia.
The learning style is integrated and interdisciplinary and examines the social, political, and economic reality of the people of the Philippines. Courses incorporate traditional classroom activities, participative research, and interaction with the local community.
For a full list of classes, visit the course page. Students will select their full course load for the semester program. During the semester, all students are required to be enrolled in the appropriate section of Filipino (either 100 or 110, see left toolbar for syllabi). Students who are fluent in Filipino and pass a proficiency test can opt to take a different class. All students are required to take the Field Placement / Praxis seminar.
*Courses are subject to change please visit the host institution website for the most updated courses.
Special Application Instructions
You must complete the LMU Study Abroad Application as well as the USF Application for Casa Bayanihan by the LMU Study Abroad Deadline Date. Visit the host institution site for their application details.
For a full list of course offerings, please visit the host institution's website: https://www.usfca.edu/academics/centers-institutes/saint-ignatius-institute/casa-bayanihan/academics
HOUSING AND MEALS
As part of the living and learning community, all students will live together in community near the Ateneo de Manila University. This neighborhood is 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. Please note that there is no air conditioning in the house. We do ask that you bring your own towel. We will assign your rooms before arrival in Manila. You may extend your stay in Manila or The Philippines if you so desire. However, Casa students will not be allowed to stay in Casa housing once the semester has ended.
Meals will be simple and healthy. Breakfast, lunch, and dinners will be served at the Casa. Please let USF know if you have special dietary needs before your arrival. Remember, all meals during the week are included in the price of the program, however you will want to budget money for weekend meals and snacks, as they are not provided at the Casa. Bottled water is available at all times at the Casa.
After USF communicates with you about your academic background, personal interests, and professional goals, USF will pair you up with a fellow classmate and give you a praxis site in a local Filipino community. You will accompany this community two full days each week for the entire semester. Through this learning environment, you will become more aware of and sensitive to the realities of those who are struggling to end social injustices while working to promote human dignity. You will become part of this Filipino community, not as a volunteer, but as a learner.
Visit the USF website for more information regarding the praxis site.
PROGRAM TUITION AND FEES
Fall Program Costs (click here)
Spring Program Costs (click here)