- Location and Housing
- Pricing and Dates
- Program Staff
- Application Instructions
- Additional Information
The Ateneo de Manila University (Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila) was established in 1859 under the Jesuit liberal arts tradition and is considered the third oldest university in the Philippines. As a private comprehensive institution, Ateneo is recognized by the QS World Rankings as one of the best universities in the Philippines. This program is university-wide, meaning any undergraduate Pitt student regardless of major may participate. or more information about the university, go to Ateneo's website, check out the video below, and download the information linked.
As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:
- the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment.
- non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path.
- a global network of peer in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in the Philippines.
Office of International Relations
Room 304, 3rd Floor, Faber Hall,
Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Heights
1108, Quezon City, Philippines
Located in the National Capital Region of the Philippines, Quezon City is an urban and populous location that boasts a population of 3 million. Although Quezon City was not officially established until 1939, the area has historical ties to the Philippine Revolution against the Spanish Empire during the late 1800s. Today Quezon City houses many universities and medical institutions, making it a hub for education and healthcare.
Ateneo offers options for university-affiliated housing or private accommodations. Pitt students are not guaranteed spots within university-affiliated housing. However, Ateneo's Office of International Relations (OIR) will provide instructions on when and how to apply for housing. See Ateneo’s general housing website.
At Ateneo, courses are taught in English and in Tagalog, with a majority conducted in English. Credits taken at Ateneo are equivalent to credits received at Pitt according to a 1:1 ratio. For example, 3 credits at Ateneo will transfer as 3 Pitt credits. All credits taken at Ateneo require approval by both your academic advisor(s) and study abroad program manager.
Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours.
Courses taken at Ateneo will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from Ateneo.
As a part of the cultural experience, Ateneo offers intensive Filipino language training specifically designed for visiting students. These may be considered for credit or not for credit. Verify with the study abroad program manager regarding their transferability.
For a list of subjects that can be studied at Ateneo, see their Undergraduate Areas.
Like Pitt, Ateneo’s grading scale follows the practice of assigning letter grades, such as A, B, C, D and F.
Ateneo will provide hardcopy (or electronic transcripts) to the University of Pittsburgh’s Study Abroad Office. Make sure that you follow their instructions on how to ensure that an official copy of your grades are receive. Hardcopies should be sent the following address: 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA. Electronic copies should be sent to the designated exchange program manager under “SAO Staff.”
Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received.
Pitt students may utilize the following online resource to understand the grading scale within this host country.
Pitt students participating on an exchange program will pay regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to their in-state or out-of-state residency status. In addition to the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, this also includes all Mandatory Fees, such as the Student Activity Fee, Wellness Fee, Computing and Network Services Fee, and the Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee.
Pitt Students on financial aid and/or tuition scholarships will need to consult the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or respective entity providing the funds to confirm coverage for study abroad.
Items Billed by Pitt
Study Abroad Fee
Total Billed by Pitt*
*The tuition rate listed is defaulted to reflect the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. For Pitt students of another Pitt school or campus, the tuition rate will reflect the home school or campus. See posted rates on the Institutional Research page.
Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs
|Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Resident Permit||$2,000|
|Room & Board||$3,000 - 5,000|
|Personal Expenses||$1,000 - 5,000|
Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the exchange university you will attend requires purchase of a specific health insurance coverage per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.
Pitt students enroll at Ateneo for either a full semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year (two full semesters). Ateneo's academic calendars may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Like Pitt, Ateneo’s academic calendar follows a Fall-Spring progression, meaning Fall is the first semester followed by the Spring semester as the second. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.
Dr. Shawn Alfonso Wells
Hujambo, Hola, Bon jour! I am the Exchange and Panther Programs Manger. I have a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and am an Adjunct professor of Anthropology who has taught in the Anthropology, History, Sociology, and Africana Studies departments at Pitt and CMU. I recently helped students to achieve their goals as their Academic Advisor. I did my fieldwork on Color Classification in Cuba and have led many ground breaking experiential student trips to Cuba. I love learning about different cultures and want to help facilitate students being able to travel abroad learn the world. I look forward to assisting you to achieve your goals.
Schedule a Zoom appointment with me below or get in touch with me through email to discuss exchange options and your future global experience.
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- Click here to schedule an appointment with me through Pathways.
- Log into Pathways with your Pitt username and password
- Select Find Available Time
- Select the time that works for you
- Click the schedule button
- You will see a confirms message on the screen. You will also receive a confirmation in your Pitt email.
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Pitt sends a limited number of students per semester to Ateneo. In addition to applying to the Pitt Study Abroad application above, be sure to review Ateneo's website regarding their application requirements for incoming exchange students. A formal nomination from Pitt Study Abroad is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student at Ateneo. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt Study Abroad steps in addition to Ateneo's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Study Abroad does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.
The exchange university may require the following to be submitted through an online application. Requirements may include but are not limited to the following:
- Application Form
- Copy of Valid Passport
- Official Pitt Transcript
- Official Pitt Verification of Enrollment
- Statement of Intent or Purpose
- Resume or CV
- Official Language Evaluation
- Up to 2 instructor letters of recommendations
- Up to 2 passport photos
Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers will be required to show evidence of English proficiency either through the IELTS or the TOELF. Please check with Ateneo regarding these requirements.
Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates.
In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival.
Students must obtain a Special Study Permit (SSP) to study in the Philippines. For an overview regarding the permit process, please review Ateneo's website. Ateneo will provide general direction after formal admission on for how to apply for either the visa and/or residency permit. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.
In general visa and/or permit application requirements include but are not limited to the following requirements:
- Visa application
- Valid Passport
- Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university)
- Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.
- Passport photos
- Application fee
- Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)