Bilateral Exchange: Philippines

philippinesDe La Salle University


  • Manila, Philippines

Period of Study

  • 1 quarter, 2 quarters, or an academic year

Program Dates

  • Second Trimester: Early September – mid-December
  • Third Trimester: Early January – April


  • Enrollment at Cal State East Bay for one quarter prior to departure
  • Cumulative G.P.A. of 2.7
  • Upper division standing (90 quarter units) by the time you study overseas
  • Completion of all required remedial courses prior to departure

Language Requirement

  • None

Application Deadlines

  • Second Trimester: February 1
  • Third Trimester: June 1

Course Offerings

Courses at DLSU are taught in English. Exchange students may therefore enroll in regular university courses. For more information, visit the De La Salle University website (link opens in new window).

About De La Salle University

De La Salle University was established in 1911 as a Catholic institution by the Christian Brothers. The university represents the strong Christian influence brought to the Philippines by the Spanish during its over 300-year rule of the country.

Approximately 10,000 students study at De La Salle University in one of its six colleges: Business and Economics, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science. The University runs on a trimester system with the academic year beginning in June. Instruction at De La Salle University is in English.

De La Salle University is located in the heart of Philippines' capital city, Manila. The University is conveniently accessible by Light Railway Transit and sits in a location surrounded by stores, ethnic and theme restaurants, cafes, and other services.

About Manila

The history of the Philippines can be divided into four distinct periods due to Spanish and American colonization: pre-Spanish era (pre-1521), Spanish period (1521-1898), American period (1898-1946), and independent period (1946-present). The country is over 80 percent Roman Catholic with about another 10 percent Protestant.

12 million of the country's 75 million inhabitants reside in the capital city of Manila. The city is located on the largest of Philippines' over 7000 island, Luzon. Both Philippino (based on the native Tagalog) and English are widely spoken in Manila.

Students can enjoy an urban life in Manila. As a result of the destruction from World War II, Manila has been rebuilt and is a modern-looking city although colonial ruins can still be found. Historic landmarks, museums, art galleries, theaters, trading districts, and parks are available to be explored.

Estimated Costs

As exchange students, you pay Cal State East Bay fees in addition to round-trip airfare, room and board, and personal expenses. Cal State East Bay fees are due before departing to Manila. Tuition at DLSU is waived.

Below are estimates of costs to help you financially plan your trip.

  • Dormitory US$125 per month
  • Living expenses US$500 per month (includes meals, school materials, transportation, laundry, entertainment, etc.)
  • Airfare US$750 round-trip

Students are required to have medical insurance coverage that is valid in the Philippines and in any additional countries you plan to travel to. You should also plan funds for emergencies.

Financial Aid

Financial aid, except for work study, may be applied towards the CSUEB Bilateral Exchange Programs. Be sure to visit your Financial Aid Counselor before applying. It is the responsibility of the student to discuss with his/her Financial Aid Counselor the minimum number of units the student must complete during the study abroad program.


Please note that scholarship deadlines vary and may not be at the same time as the program application deadline.

The Freeman-Asia Scholarship (link opens in new window) is designed to increase the number of American undergraduate students who study in East and Southeast Asia. Awards are in the amounts of $5,000 for one semester and $7,000 for one academic year. Check website for deadlines and applications.

The Gilman Scholarship (link opens in new window), administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), offers a competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. Check website for deadlines and applications.

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) (link opens in new window) is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). This program, administered by the Institute of International Education, offers grants to study abroad in less-traditional regions of the world. This excludes Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. NSEP grants have a service obligation. The CSUEB NSEP deadline is January 12. All interested candidates must speak with the Exchange Program Advisor prior to submitting the application.

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