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

Academic Programs: Degrees and Courses

The Asian Center offers graduate programs in Asian Studies and in Philippine Studies. Scroll below to read an overview of the programs, including the requirements for each.

Trained on research methodologies and theories on area studies, and on various social sciences, students of Asian Studies programs take courses on the history, politics and governance, economic development, and culture of Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, OR West Asia.

The Philippine Studies program is designed to produce specialists with a broad and integrated comprehension of Philippine society. Under the program, students can specialize in any of three areas: (1) Socio-Cultural Studies, (2) Foreign Relations, and (3) Development Studies.

The TriCollege PhD Philippine Studise Program is jointly administered by the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) and the College of Arts and Letters (CAL), with the Asian Center tasked to serve as the secretariat.

The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers Asian Studies courses covering Northeast Asian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, South Asian Studies, and West Asian Studies.

The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers the following Philippine Studies graduate courses. Please note that some courses are not offered every semester.

Asian Center students are required to pass 12 units of a language course that is offered at the University of the Philippines Diliman or other accredited institutions, and is relevant to their thesis and/or area of specialization.