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

Students of the UP Asian Center are required to demonstrate competence in an Asian language(for those under the Asian Studies Program) such as Bahasa-Indonesia/ Malaysia, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese; or a Philippine language or any foreign language (for those under the Philippine Studies Program) required in the program of study. The language must pertain to their area of specialization and/or their thesis.

Three Options

There are several options to comply with the language requirement.  Please visit the "Language Requirement" tab in the Asian Center's Student Corner.

Course Offerings @ UP Asian Center

  • Intensive Chinese A - Elementary Chinese
  • Intensive Chinese B - Intermediate Chinese
  • Basic Bahasa
  • Intermediate Bahasa

Availability and schedules vary per semester.

Who Can Enroll

The Intensive Chinese courses offered at the Asian Center are open to regular UP students or to Special Students, the latter category falling under and subject to the application procedures of the Office of the University Registrar, University of the Philippines Diliman. To know how to apply for Special Student status, please visit the the Registrar's dedicated web page on this topic.


For more information, please contact Robert Silleza, Office of the College Secretary, at 981.8500 local 3578 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.