The student exchange program allows international students to enroll for regular courses during the semesters. Here, you sit side by side with Ateneo undergraduate students taking regular courses, giving you a true taste of what student life in Ateneo de Manila is all about.
The Ateneo de Manila is a Catholic university that is more than 150 years old. It offers education centered on a liberal arts program that is distinctly Filipino, Catholic, and Jesuit. Its thrust of forming men and women for others is ingrained in its graduates, many of whom have helped shape, and continue to shape, the country’s history, culture, politics, and economy. One of the first graduates of Ateneo was the Philippines' national hero, Jose Rizal.
The Ateneo de Manila University is one of the best private universities in the Philippines and a first-rate university in Asia. It stands out because of its strong liberal arts tradition and its commitment to service and excellence. It offers reputable major programs in science and engineering, social sciences, humanities and management, with English as the primary medium of instruction. Moreover, the university prides itself in its multicultural environment and global outlook.
The Ateneo is also one of the few quiet, tree-lined campuses in Metro Manila, which makes for a peaceful environment conducive to learning, contemplation, and relaxation. It is a peaceful and green campus situated in proximity to the comforts of the city—restaurants, bookstores, coffee shops, malls, banks, supermarkets, public transportation, and more.
The Philippines is a Southeast Asian archipelago composed of about 7,100 islands. It is surrounded by the Philippine Sea on the east, the South China Sea on the west, the Luzon Strait on the north, and the Celebes Sea on the south. Manila's position as a business center along with its rich cultural heritage has made it a prime eco-tourism development area in the whole of Metropolitan Manila. Metro Manila is a bustling megacity of theatres, museums and commercial centers. Situated at the east coast of Luzon, it has been a major city for around four centuries. It is the largest and most developed region of the country, and is composed of 17 cities— namely Quezon City, Manila, Valenzuela, Taguig, San Juan, Pateros, Pasig, Pasay, Marikina, Paranaque, Navotas, Muntinlupa, Mandaluyong, Malabon, Makati, Las Pinas, and Caloocan.
There are many places of historical and religious significance such as the San Agustin church, Manila Cathedral, Fort Santiago and the old Walls of Intramuros. In addition to historical sites there are areas with first class hotels, coffee shops, nightclubs, specialty restaurants and bars.
The Philippines is characterized by two seasons. The rainy season lasts from June to November. Rain gear such as an umbrella and a raincoat is therefore a must. The dry season lasts from December to May. It is sub-divided into two kinds of dry: Cool temperatures come during December to February—the cool dry season—and is ideal for traveling and exploring the country’s 7,107 islands. March to May, meanwhile, is hot dry season, so this is the time when most locals hit the beach. Average temperature is 78 degrees F/25 degrees C; average humidity is 77%.
Studying abroad is an exciting and enriching experience for a student. In the Ateneo de Manila University, you can enroll for regular courses during the semesters where you will sit side-by-side with local and other international students. This gives students a true taste of what student life in Ateneo de Manila is all about.
Ateneo de Manila University promotes the values excellence and service, magis (Jesuit phrase meaning "the more") and cura personalis (“care for the entire person”), professionalism and spiritual maturity. This is how students of the Ateneo de Manila are distinguished from others—from how they demonstrate leadership in their chosen fields, in their sense of service and justice in today’s complex world.
The University works towards education that is transformative, globally competitive, and Asian in perspective. It aims for knowledge and outreach that makes a difference.
The Ateneo de Manila takes pride in enacting “student-centered learning”—a system of instruction that puts students at the heart of learning. In this system, teachers don’t just deliver lectures or make students memorize facts. Rather, it encourages active participation and independent inquiry, planting the joy of learning from the classroom to outside it, where students can chart their own research and learning according to their skills and interests. Teachers are always there to guide and mentor students toward critical thinking and discernment, dialogue and trust, engagement and creativity.
First Semester – Mid-June to mid-October
Second Semester – Mid-November to end of March Summer Term – April to May
Useful Links for Students
Ateneo International Student Guide Book
Host Institution Application
International Student Guide Book
Ateneo de Manila University website
HOUSING AND MEALS
Students can choose to stay in an on-campus residence hall or off campus apartment/condominiums or dormitories.
On-Campus Residence Halls
The on campus residence halls offer rooms that accommodate four “dormers” in a room. All rooms are furnished with study tables, cabinets, and shelves for each student. “Dormers” are entitled to use all facilities like the mini-library, recreation rooms with TV, Ping-Pong table, billiard table and piano, quadrangle with volleyball and basketball courts, study rooms and conference rooms. It has a cafeteria that is open from 6:30am-7:30 PM daily. Meals are not included in the housing cost.
• Prince David Condominum
• One Burgundy Plaza
• Residencia Regina
• Loyola Heights Condominium
• Eagle Star Condominum
• My Place
• Studio 86
• Dormitoryana—dorm for girls
• CWC—dorm for girls
• Behind Torres building
• Alcal building
• Behind Pizza Hut
The choice of where to stay during your program in Ateneo depends on your budget and personal preference.
Eating along Katipunan
Buying food will not be difficult around the area of Ateneo. Opposite Katipunan road, in front of Ateneo, as well as on the adjacent Esteban Abada St. And Xavierville Avenue, are rows of fast food outlets, restaurants and coffee shops. A list of different places to try is located in the Student Guide Book provided in the Useful Links for Students list below.