To understand the soul of the Ateneo de Manila University
-- what shaped it and where it came from, where it is going and where it can take you -- it is essential to understand its motto, Lux in Domino, or "Light in the Lord."
From the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians (5:8), these words capture the spirit of a way of life which the Ateneo holds up to her sons and daughters as their best contribution to the work by which God transforms the world. To be "light in the Lord" in all fullness demands moving insistently and deliberately towards God as the center of a person's life, identifying the issues that such a centering poses, and then moving out to the world to find ever new ways of constructing the edifice, cultivating the garden, painting the masterpiece, that God is unfolding in one's life.
Considered as one of the best private universities in the Philippines and as a first-rate university in Asia, the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) provides a strong liberal arts tradition imbued with the Ignatian spirit of service and excellence. It offers reputable major programs in science and engineering, social sciences, humanities and management.
Ateneo de Manila University is divided into two major schools of higher education: the Loyola Schools, located in the Loyola Heights Campus, and the Professional Schools, located in the Rockwell and Salcedo Campuses in Makati. The Loyola Schools is the tertiary level school unit of the Ateneo de Manila University that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Arts and Sciences. It is composed of the School of Humanities, the John Gokongwei School of Management, the School of Science and Engineering, and the School of Social Sciences. Each undergraduate has a home base in a particular school. Still, most preserve the diverse spectrum of interests that helped them get into Ateneo in the first place, using electives to round out their studies. A list of the university's course catalog may be found on their website
Study abroad is an academic experience. While your grades will not count towards your GPA, it is vital that you are academically successful. To earn credits for courses taken abroad, you will need to earn the equivalent of a ‘C’ or better at your host institution—this is a "C" at Ateneo de Manila. You cannot take classes pass/fail at your host institution. You are required to take the equivalent of at least 12 U.S. credits while abroad. You can take between 12 and 18 credits at Ateneo.
Participants are reminded that there are multiple requirements that all must be met to qualify for graduation at Marquette University including, but not limited to, the following:
- Required coursework is different than the number of credits to be completed. (i.e. Core, College & Major/Minor course requirements). To fulfill a specific course requirement, a course taken abroad which counts as 2.5 or more MU credits can fulfill a Marquette 3-credit course requirement (ex: ENGL 1001); however, the number of credits applied towards your graduation credit total will be the exact number of credits earned (ex: 6 Monash credits will count as 3.75 Marquette credits towards the credit total.)
- Required number of credits completed (i.e. required degree credits, upper division credits, residency credits, etc.). To fulfill the number of credits completed, a course taken abroad which counts as 3.75 MU credits will count as 3.75 credits earned toward the credit total requirements.
- Due to this discrepancy, students who have studied abroad may find that although they have completed the necessary course graduation requirements, additional credits may need to be taken to complete the necessary credit graduation requirements. Any questions regarding this process must be addressed in advance of participation in a program abroad with the appropriate College representative.
- Required GPA (i.e. Undergraduate degree, College-specific and major-specific GPA requirements). Grades received at Monash University will not count toward a Marquette University student’s GPA; however, graduate schools, law schools, and medical schools, as well as volunteer corps and employers may request GPAs and grades from abroad and may use them to calculate an alternative cumulative GPA for you that is required by that program.
Ateneo provides students with housing options both on and off campus. The dormitories on campus are: Cervini Hall (for male students), Eliazo Hall (for female students) and the new University Dormitory. Their rates are charged on a semester basis.
Please refer to the "Budget Sheets" link above
Manila’s moniker, the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, couldn’t be more apt – its cantankerous shell reveals its jewel only to those resolute enough to pry. No stranger to hardship, the city has endured every disaster both human and nature could throw at it, and yet today the chaotic metropolis thrives as a true Asian megacity. Skyscrapers pierce the hazy sky, mushrooming from the grinding poverty of expansive shantytowns, while gleaming malls foreshadow Manila’s brave new air-conditioned world. The congested roads snarl with traffic, but, like the overworked arteries of a sweating giant, they are what keep this modern metropolis alive.
As well as outstanding sightseeing, visitors who put in the effort will discover its creative soul – from edgy galleries to a lively indie music scene. Combine this with a penchant for speakeasy bars, artisan markets and single-origin coffees, it's clear to see Manila is one of Asia's most underrated cities.