The Summer Term Abroad (STA) or the International Summer Program is the newest student mobility program in the School of Social Sciences. Starting 2015-2016, SoSS will deploy incoming sophomore, junior and senior students during the summer term (June-July) of the new academic calendar.

STA innovates various SOSS academic curricula, weaving the Ateneo school summer calendar (June-July) with that of the partner institutions to allow students to experience academic and multi-cultural life abroad. Through this student mobility program, SOSS aims to produce graduates with a sensitivity to various social realities and deep experience of how to be part of the global community.

Students participating in the program are expected to be ambassadors of goodwill.  In representing the Ateneo, they are expected to live by magis, cura personalis, and service; as Filipinos, they are likewise expected to have a deep sense of self and nationhood exuding confidence and discipline.


Pilar Preciousa P. Berse, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Student Mobility Program
School of Social Sciences

Offices Involved

(1)     SoSS Coordinator for Student Mobility Program – serves under the Office of the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, is tasked with the marketing of the program, running program orientation, recruitment and selection of students, and convening sharing sessions for STAers who finished their program; informs the Office for International Relations (OIR), SOSS Chairs and the Registrar Office on the following: accepted/confirmed STA participants, place and date of their deployment, and other administrative requests/follow-ups (i.e. enlistment, LOA, and crediting of subjects) and communications (i.e. letter of requests to teachers, etc.). 
(2)     Department Chairs/Department STA Coordinators – advise students on their Individual Program of Study (IPS) in the context of their STA deployment, advise them what subjects to take in the Ateneo prior to departure/upon return and guide them on the subjects they may take in their host schools, reflect the adjusted IPS in the AISIS, and assist them with regard to the crediting/validation of the subjects they took abroad (Note: it is imperative that the adjustment in the IPS of students will NOT delay them in finishing their respective degrees);
(3)     Office for International Relations (OIR) – informs the SoSS Coordinator for Student Mobility Program of the list of schools, available slots, cost, and scholarship opportunities for STA participants; advises students on the admission requirements of their host schools and their respective deadline, student visa processing, and lodging; convenes pre-departure orientation seminars for students as well as de-briefing session/s upon their return.
(4)     Registrar’s Office (RO) – assists the students in their enlistment prior to deployment and upon return from their STA program; and
(5)     Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs – assists on academic concerns that may arise in relation to the participation of students in the program (e.g. grade of ‘F’)



STA Scheme

The SoSS-STA Program is a Host University Tuition Fee Paying (HTF) program - under this scheme students will pay the full cost of tuition and fees in their host school.  They would also shoulder all other costs related to student visa application, airfare, lodging and accommodation, meals and daily living expenses. This category is also known as 'tuition fee-paying' STA scheme. The slots in this category are usually available and not limited. 

Academic Calendar

Regular Ateneo Academic Year

STA (June-July)
Free Elective 1
Major Elective 1
*Minimum of 1 course / Maximum of 2 courses


Host Universities

List of host universities for SoSS STA program is usually provided by the Office of International Relations in January. To see the updated list (as of 19 February 2016), kindly check this link.

STA Expenses*

STA students are required to pay the following:

1.) OIR processing fee - Php 10,000
2.) Visa processing fee (as may be required by Embassies)
3.) Medical and travel insurance fee
4.) Round trip airfare 
5.) Living expenses (food, lodging, etc.)
6.) Tuition fees of the host university
7.) Additional expenses for travel and leisure

*To see the actual expenses for a particular destination/host university, kindly contact the SoSS Coordinator for Student Mobility Program.