Study Theology in Asia at the Loyola School of Theology

A unique context for international students to do their theology in an Asian setting and so to engage the rich reality of the world in Asia

Looking for an alternative English language theology program? One which offers both ecclesiastical and civil degrees, has programs grounded in contextual theology, is set in an Asian context, with a multi-cultural academic community?

There is only one option readily accessible to international students, and that is Manila, the Philippines. Here we find a unique partnership between our ecclesiastical faculty, Loyola School of Theology (LST), recognized as an Ecclesiastical Institution of Higher Education of the Vatican, and the Jesuit Ateneo de Manila University. For lay international students and diocesan priests, accommodations are available inside the Ateneo Campus and in the vicinity of the University.

Why Loyola School of Theology?

Our Ecclesiastical Faculty is one of the most international Jesuit theological centers in the world, truly in the service of the Universal Church. In Asia, LST has the most diverse composition of international students, a vibrant academic community with students coming from around 35 countries, 79 religious congregations, and 37 dioceses around the world.

LST is one of the seven English-speaking faculties of theology in the world administered by the Society of Jesus and is the only one in the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific. Our faculty is composed of Filipino and International Professors trained in the Philippines, Asia, Europe, and North America with expertise in Systematic, Biblical, Moral, and Pastoral Theology, Church History, Canon Law, Spirituality and Retreat Direction, Migration Theology, Philosophy, Religious Education, Pastoral Counseling and Family Ministry, Asian Religions, and Ancient and Modern Languages.

What is the Manila Program?

The Manila Program provides an enriching opportunity for international students to come to Metro Manila, the capital of the Philippines, for at least a term of five (5) months and experience studying theology and spirituality in the Asian context.

The objectives of the Manila immersion program include:

  1. access to specialized theology and ministry courses, allowing students to take courses that may not be available at their home institution, particularly in specialized fields or disciplines specific to the context of Asia;
  2. exposure to diverse Asian cultures and perspectives which can broaden students’ understanding of the world and enhance their cross-cultural communication skills;
  3. preparation of students for global citizenship by enabling them to develop intercultural competence and a broader perspective on global issues like poverty, migration, ecology;
  4. greater self-awareness, personal growth, and transformation by living in a new environment and experiencing different customs and traditions;
  5. enhancement of English language skills for non-English native speakers.

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