Clone of JTA Destinations

The database of universities at the bottom of this page is now searchable, but additional data regarding costs, and term dates will be added in the weeks to come. The Office of International Relations may also add destination universities as agreements with Ateneo and partner universities firm up. In the meantime, you can find estimated costs for each of last year's programs here.

 From left: (1) Paige Sy (BFA-ID) tries her hand at dragon boating with other international students from the National University of Singapore. (Photo from Paige Sy) (2) The Doshisa University campus in Kyoto. (Photo from Rowie Azada-Palacios) (3) Osaka University. (Photo from Rowie Azada-Palacios)

 

Tips on Choosing a Destination University

With over sixty institutions to choose from, selecting a shortlist of five destination universities can be a daunting task!  Here are some questions that you can ask yourself to help you narrow down your choices.

1. Why am I going on JTA?

This is a question only you can answer. It involves reflection (and prayer!) on your values, on your goals, and on your expectations.

2. Which institutions offer courses that can be credited to my degree? 

You will have the best luck if you look for institutions that offer degree programs that are the same as, similar to, or in a field related to yours.  Some universities might already have their course offerings on their websites.  If you need more information than what is available online, visit the OIR to check the university's prospectus or send an e-mail to the relevant department to inquire. Your home department will decide whether the classes offered by the destination university can be credited to your degree.

Apart from the course offerings, you may also want to look at each university's strength in your field.  Note that a university that is ranked highly overall might not necessarily be strong in your particular area of study.  

3. What is my financial situation?

Take into consideration the financial resources available to you. Compare this with the costs you can expect to spend at each university or city. Some universities may charge lower tuition fees but be located in expensive cities.  On the other hand, you may find a suitable fee-paying program in a city with a low cost of living.

4. Can I speak the language? Am I willing to learn?  Or am I going abroad because I want to learn a new language?

Some universities require applicants to demonstrate proficiency in the university's main medium of instruction. On the other hand, there are universities that offer courses in English, but are located in cities where English is not widely spoken. What language skills will be required of you at each university?

5. Do I meet the institution's minimum grade requirement?

The SOH JTA Program requires applicants to have a minimum QPI of 2.8 at the time of application; however, some destination universities have higher minimum grade requirements than that.  Specifically, Nanzan University, Sophia University, Loyola Marymount, the National University of Singapore, St. Louis University in Madrid, and Liverpool Hope University all have a minimum QPI requirement of 3.0.

6. Other considerations

Other things to think about are the university's culture, the destination city's climate and food, as well as your own health and any special needs you may have.

Filter the list of universities by using the drop-down menus, then click "apply."