Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Casa Bayanihan, Ateneo de Manila University


Casa Bayanihan, University of San Francisco

Manila, Philippines

Program Details

Social Justice Issues, Spirituality and Philippine Culture

Casa Bayanihan is an academic initiative between the University of San Francisco and Ateneo de Manila University. Each semester, an outstanding group of students live together in a learning community near Ateneo de Manila University in Manila, Phillipines. Casa Bayanihan is rooted in the Catholic, Ignatian tradition; however, they integrate many different types of spirituality into their practices. The opportunity to develop one’s spirituality or deepen one’s beliefs is open to all students regardless of faith tradition or background. Casa Bayanihan provides students with an inclusive space to reflect on deeper questions about life, justice and God in the midst of their Casa experience.

The mission and vision of Casa Bayanihan is centered on the students’ experience accompanying marginalized communities in the Metro Manila area. Throughout the semester, students in pairs or groups of three will spend two days a week in our “praxis communities” learning about the reality of poverty and life in the Philippines from the Filipinos that live it every day. This experience, which is called “praxis,” will allow students to develop genuine and lasting relationships in Filipino communities and create the opportunity for students to take part in a kind of experiential learning that many Casa alumni have deemed transformational or life-altering.

Program website—http://www.usfca.edu/sii/casa_bayanihan/

The Philippines

The Philippines, located in South Eastern Asia, is made up of 7,000 islands and marked by a bustling population, diverse culture, stunning landscapes and a people rooted in hospitality and generosity.

From the booming metropolis of the capital city, Manila, to the rural fishing villages of the coast, amazing mountains, and crater lakes, the Philippines is a land full of life and beauty to be explored. As the second largest immigrant group in the United States and millions of Filipinos working abroad, the Filipino culture has a myriad of influences that add to its complexity.

For more information about the historic, economic, political, and social landscape of the Philippines, check out the following sources:

Program Dates

  • Fall semester: mid-August through mid-December
  • Spring semester: early January through mid-May

You can find exact program dates for upcoming semesters here.

Application Deadlines

  1. Submit your LUC application before the LUC Application Deadline
  2. Visit the Casa Bayanihan website for their Application Deadline and instructions.

Curriculum Type

While immersed in culture and life in the Philippines, students also explore topics in political science, sociology, philosophy, theology, language and culture in classroom-based learning at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Required coursework:

  • Filipino for Foreign Students: Introduction to Philippine Culture Through Immersion
  • Engaging Reality: Accompaniment and Community

Electives (Choose 3):

  • Philippine Politics and Governance
  • Sociology of Gender, Class & Ethnicity in the Philippines
  • Mysteries of God: Suffering, Solidarity and God
  • Philippine Visual and Performing Arts

For course descriptions visit https://www.usfca.edu/academics/centers-institutes/saint-ignatius-institute/casa-bayanihan/academics.


Casa Bayanihan students live in an intentional community of student peers from different universities around the US. Some aspects of community life include simple living, developing relationships within the community through community nights and outings, and co-creating a space in which all members are able to be authentic.

Student Housing

Casa Bayanihan provides student housing and a unique experience of living in community:

  • The two student houses, Bahay Alingal and Bahay Dagani, are located in the vibrant Filipino neighborhood of Barangka, Marikina City
  • Both houses are within short walking distance of Ateneo de Manila University, where students will attend classes
  • Each house also has a Community Coordinator (CC), or a recent college graduate and alumnus of Casa Bayanihan who lives with the students and helps facilitate community life.

Bahay Kapwa

The Casa Bayanihan community also includes our sister program of Filipino scholarship students, Bahay Kapwa (House of Shared Identity), who are peers and friends to Casa Bayanihan students during their time in the Philippines. We collaborate through:

  • Group outings to explore culture, food, and the natural beauty of the Philippines
  • Visits to the homes of Bahay Kapwa students to meet their families
  • Weekly shared dinners
  • Occasional shared Spirituality Nights

Program Cost

Tuition: $15,000 (includes room & board)

Additional Estimated Expenses

  • Weekend Meals: $300
  • Books & Supplies: $100
  • Airfare: $1,100–1,500
  • In-country Visa Expenses: $385
  • OIP Fee: $100.00 *paid when you submit your LUC Study Abroad Application

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.

Financial Aid Transfer—Federal Grants and Loans and Alternative loans, Loyola Grants and Scholarships

Application Process

  1. Submit the Loyola University Chicago Study Abroad Application online application.
  2. Submit the Casa Bayanihan application https://www.usfca.edu/academics/centers-institutes/saint-ignatius-institute/casa-bayanihan/apply-now. Applications are currently closed.