An exchange program is an exceptional opportunity to enhance one's college experience and become fully immersed in another culture at another university campus. Students will live and study side-by-side with local students from the host country and other international students there, giving students a true taste of what the student life in that country is all about. Academically, students will be challenged by learning a new language – if they choose – or exploring an array of unique course offerings that count as transfer credit toward their LMU degree.
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.
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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 on 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 a hot dry season, so this is the time when most locals hit the beach. The average temperature is 78 degrees F/25 degrees C; average humidity is 77%.
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.
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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.
HOUSING AND MEALS
International students have three options for housing accommodation: on-campus residence halls, off-campus dormitories, and off-campus apartments/condominium units.
The choice of where to stay during your program in Ateneo depends on one's budget and personal preference. Housing/Accommodation Website
On-Campus Residence Halls
The Ateneo de Manila University has three residences halls: Cervini Hall (for male students), Eliazo Hall (for female students) and the new University Dormitory. Rates are charged per semester (5 months). For details about the facilities and amenities of the residence halls and the University Dormitory please click here.
Reservations for a place at the residence halls or at the University Dormitory may be coursed through Office of International Relations (OIR) upon request.
There are off-campus boarding houses for male and female students. Rates vary according to the kind of accommodation available and may range between P 5,000 to P 8,000/month. A list of accredited off-campus boarding houses may be obtained at the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Office in the College or through the Office of International Programs. Click here to see a directory of accredited off-campus dormitories.
Off-Campus Apartment/Condominium Units
There are also many off-campus apartments or condominium units near the Ateneo Loyola Heights Campus. Most are within 5 to 10 minutes walk from the Ateneo. Unfurnished units cost around US $250/month. The cost of semi to fully furnished units range from $300 - $500/month. Monthly rent does not include utility bills (i.e. electricity, water, phone, cable TV subscription).
The OIR provides a list of available apartment or condominium units from which students may choose from
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.