Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

Asian Center students in February 2017

  1. Submit all requirements (for MA programs)/(for PhD programs) to the Office of the College Secretary on or before the deadline
  2. Applicants who pass preliminary screening will take an aptitude examination (to be scheduled by the Office of the College Secretary). These include the two essays to be written in-house. While it help to read up on Asia-related issues and theories, both exams test less for objective knowledge than for the depth and range of one's thinking, as well as writing aptitude (proper grammar, sentence structure, clear presentation of one's ideas, etc.) 
  3. Successful examinees will be interviewed by the Asian Center Admissions Committee. Schedules of interviews will be determined by the Office of the College Secretary, and successful applicants thus far will be notified accordingly. 
  4. Accepted applicants await further instructions from the Office of the College Secretary in processing their application. The next steps can be viewed here: visit this OUR FAQ page, in particular step 4 onwards. 


The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Get an overview of these programs. The Asian Center also houses a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia. It has published several books and monographs, and hosts or organizes various lectures and conferences.