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

The Asian Center accepts applications twice a year: one intake for the first semester, which begins in August, and another for the second semester, which starts January.


  • Photo: New students of the UP Asian Center's graduate program during the student orientation held on 27 July 2019 with the faculty and staff of the UP Asian Center. 


    Requirements: MA Programs @ UP Asian Center

    1. Fill out this online application form
    2. Formal letter of application addressed to the dean of the Asian Center. Please indicate full name.
    3. Original AND photocopy of transcript of records of undergraduate degree.* View guidelines regarding transcripts
    4. Curriculum vitae and duly accomplished Personal Data Form (see application forms tab)
    5. Duly accomplished Recommendation Form from 2 former professors (if non-working); and from 2 former professors and 1 employer (if working), to be submitted in sealed envelopes signed across the flap by the referee (see application forms tab)
    6. Application fee of PhP 100 for Filipino students and US$25 for foreign applicants, to be paid at the UP Cashier
    7. Two (2) passport-sized photos
    8. Original AND photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate*
    9. NSO Marriage Certificate (for married female applicants)*
    10. Aptitude examination (to be scheduled and announced after the application period)
    11. Receipt for aptitude examination fee of PhP 150 to be paid at the UP Cashier (OCG Trust Acct. No. 9773900-499-450)
    12. Two essays (to be written in-house at the UP Asian Center), one autobiographical and one on substantive issues pertaining to studies of the Philippines/Asia.a
    13. Interview by the Asian Center Admissions Committee (for those who pass the aptitude examinations)
    14. Certificate of Transfer Credentials (for Non-UP Diliman applicants)b
    15. Research Plan (see application forms tab)c

    Notes on Requirements

    *Both original and photocopy will be submitted to the Asian Center.

    a While it can help to read up on Asia- or Philippine-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.). Schedule of the exam will be announced after you apply.

    b This can be obtained at the Registrar's Office of your university.

    c Required even for applicants to the nonthesis track.

    GWA or Degree Requirement?

    There is no GWA requirement for applications. Any BA or BS degree is accepted.

    Language Requirement?

    Applicants do not need to have competency in any Asian languge when they apply. The language requirement only applies to students enrolled in our graduate programs.

    Additional Requirements for Foreign Applicants

    See "Foreign Applicants" tab, especially concerning requirements pertaining to the acquisition of student visa and compliance with immigration requirements. 

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  • For easier navigation, applicants to the PhD program are advised to visit and browse within the page containing all relevant information.

    Requirements: PhD Program in Philippine Studies

    • MA or MS degree from a recognized institution of learning
    • Grade weighted average of 1.75 or better
    • Letter of application for admission addressed to the Chair, Philippine Studies Council, UP Diliman. At present, the Chair is Joefe B. Santarita, PhD.
    • Original AND Photocopy of transcript of records (TOR) of undergraduate and graduate studies*
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation from former professors or experts from the applicant's discipline(s) /areas(s) of study**
    • Duly accomplished Personal Data Form**
    • A two-page description of the proposed dissertation with a multi-disciplinal orientation to be presented orally before the Admissions Committee
    • Application fee of PhP 100 for Filipino Students and US$ 25 for foreign applicants, to be paid at the UP Cashier
    • Two (2) passport-sized photos
    • Original and photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate
    • Original and photocopy of NSO Marriage Certificate (for married female applicants)*
    • For foreign students, please consult other requirements in the "Foreign Applicants" tab on the left.

    Both original and photocopy will be submitted to the Office of the Head, Secretariat, Tri-College Ph.D. Philippine Studies Program, Room 203, Hall of Wisdom, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman

  • Forms for MA Applications

    Forms for PhD Applications

    Entries to the application forms can be handwritten or typed/printed.

  • AS 280 students during a lecture and demonstration on West Asian cuisine, May 2019


    Application Procedures for M.A. Programs

    1. Fill out this online application form.

    2. Submit all requirements to the Office of the College Secretary on or before the deadline. The requirements have to be submitted in person, either by you or by a representative, only on weekdays (excluding holidays or cancellation of work), 8 am to 5 pm.

    3. Applicants who pass preliminary screening will take an aptitude exam and write two essays* (to be written in-house). Schedule of exam to be announced after application period.

    4. Successful examinees will be interviewed by the Admissions Committee. Schedule to be announced after the examination.

    5. Accepted applicants await further instructions/updates. The next steps can be viewed here: visit this OUR FAQ page, in particular step 4 onwards.

    * While it can help to read up on Asia- or Philippine-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.).

    Application Procedures for PhD Program

    Please call 981 8500 local 3578 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • The Asian Center accepts applications twice a year: one intake for the first semester, which begins in August, and another for the second semester, which starts January.

    MA PROGRAMS DEADLINES/APPLICATION PERIOD

    • For 2nd semester, AY 2019–2020 (January 2020 Intake): To Be Announced. Please sign up below so we can inform you. 

    • For other semesters, please fill out the form below.

    PH.D. PROGRAM DEADLINE

    • For 2nd Semester, AY 2019–2020 (January 2020 Intake): To Be Announced. Please sign up below so we can inform you.

    • For other semesters, please fill out the form below.

    DEADLINES FOR OTHER SEMESTERS?

    Please sign up below and choose the application deadlines for the semester (s) you wish to apply (covers January 2020 to January 2022 intakes)

  • MSU students visit the UP Asian Center.


    Semestral fees at the Asian Center include:

    • Tuition fees: PhP 500.00 per unit
    • Miscellaneous fees: PhP1015
    • Student fund: PhP 51.50
    • Entrance fee, PhP 30.00
    • New students, PhP 100
    • For language courses, the tuition fee is PhP 1,500/unit.

    Amendment Guidelines on the Grant of Free Tuition in State Universities and Colleges for Fiscal Year 2017

    Several scholarships are available to Asian Center students. View Scholarships.

    Additional Fees for Foreign Students

    Foreign students are required to pay an additional Education Development Fund (EDF) of US$ 500 per semester (This amount may vary according to their status of residence in the country).

  • There are two types of scholarships available to Asian Center’s Masters students: the AC Angara scholarship and the AC UP-funded scholarship.  Under each type, there are grants for completion of course work, financial assistance for thesis writing, and travel grants for thesis writing. 

    Scholarships for Masters Course Work (AC Angara and AC UP-funded)

    1. To qualify for scholarship, the student must:

    •  Be in good academic standing (i.e. must not be in violation of the maximum residency rule);
    •  Have a GWA of at least 1.66 in the program he/she is enrolled in;
    •  Not enjoy any other scholarship; and
    •  Sign the scholarship contract

    2. To retain the scholarship, the student must:

    • Be in good academic standing;
    • Have a GWA of at least 1.66;
    • Not enjoy any other scholarship;
    • Have a load of 9-12 units per semester [1];
    • Not have an outstanding grade of INC as of the date of registration;
    • Not have been given any disciplinary action worse than 5 class days suspension;
    • Not have exceeded 5 semesters as a beneficiary of the same scholarship [2]; and
    • Sign the scholarship contract.

    3. The benefits of the scholarship are as follows:

    • Free tuition and miscellaneous fees;
    • Stipend of P1,200 per month [3] (excluding summer) or a total of P12,000 per year; and
    • For AC Angara grantees – book allowance of P2,000 per semester or P4,000 per year;
    • For AC UP-funded grantees – book allowance of P1,000 per semester or P2,000 per year.

    4. The obligations of the grantee are as follows:

    • The grantee shall enroll for the semester immediately following the award of the grant.  No deferment shall be allowed except for substantial and valid reasons and only upon approval of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.  Refusal or inability to use the grant shall result in the cancellation of the grant.
    • For government employees, the grantee must serve the institution/organization he is affiliated with, or another government agency, 6 months for every semester that he/she is a scholar.
    • If employed outside of government or unemployed at the time of scholarship, the grantee must render reasonable service to the university or the Asian Center without compensation through its extension programs, e.g. assist in trainings, conferences, publications, student affairs during the semester of the grant.  The actual activities shall be determined through consultations between grantee and the Office of the College Secretary. A certification that service obligation has been satisfied must be issued by the Admissions and Scholarship Committee as part of clearance procedures for graduation.
    • The grantee shall reimburse the total amount received from the university and in addition 20% penalty charge if he/she drops a course/courses during the semester and/or withdraws from the program for unjustifiable reasons and/or refuses to render reasonable service, for whatever reason.

    5. To apply, please email the Office of the College Secretary for procedures at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Kindly coordinate with Mr. Robert Silleza. 

    Financial Assistance for Thesis Writing (AC Angara and AC UP-funded)

    1.  To qualify for assistance, the student must:

    • Have successfully defended a research proposal or, if already in the writing stage at the time of application, have submitted a progress report certified by the adviser;
    • Be on active status (i.e. currently enrolled); and
    • Submit a recommendation from the thesis adviser indicating capacity of the student and potential contribution of the study to knowledge and development of Philippine/Asian studies.

    2.  The benefits of the thesis assistance are as follows:

    • For Angara grantees: P15,000.00
    • For UP-funded grantees: P3,000.00

    3. The grant shall be disbursed as follows:

    • 40% upon the approval of the research proposal;
    • 40% upon the submission and acceptance of the first draft; and
    • 20% upon passing the oral defense.

    4. The obligations of the grantee are as follows:

    • Submit a financial report and proof that he/she used the funds only for the intended purpose;
    • Strive to abide by the highest standards of scholarship in the conduct of the thesis research;
      • Reimburse the first disbursement equivalent to 40% if unable to proceed after the approval of the proposal within the maximum residence period;
      • Reimburse the first and second disbursements equivalent to 80% if unable to proceed after the acceptance of the first draft within the maximum residence period.

    5. To apply, please email the Office of the College Secretary for procedures at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 981.8500 local 3578. Kindly coordinate with Mr. Robert Silleza. 

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    Travel Grants for Thesis Writing (AC Angara fund only)

    1. To qualify for the travel grant, the student must:

    • Have successfully defended his/her thesis proposal;
    • Be on active status (i.e. currently enrolled);
    • Have a GWA of at least 1.50; and
    • Have submitted a research plan and budget approved by the Admissions and Scholarship Committee.

    2. The benefits of the grant are as follows:

    • For field study outside the Philippines, a maximum of P45,000.00 per student, given as a lump-sum, to be used for airfare, inland transportation, pre-departure expenses, board and lodging, and other research-related expenses.
    • For Philippine field study outside of Metro Manila, a maximum of P25,000.00 per student, given as a lump-sum, to be used for airfare, inland transportation, pre-departure expenses, board and loding, and other research-related expenses.

    3. The grantee, upon return, has the following obligations:

    • Submit a written report of the research trip within 30 days of return;
    • Give an oral presentation of research experience in an appropriate forum to be determined by the Asian Center;
    • Liquidate all expenses; and
    • Reimburse the entire amount of the grant if unable to present an oral defense of the thesis within the maximum residence period.

    4. To apply, please email the Office of the College Secretary for procedures at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Kindly coordinate with Mr. Robert Silleza. 

    Inquiries

    For inquiries, please email the Office of the College Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 981.8500 local 3578.


    [1] Including units for language subjects

    [2] Students are required up to 39 units of coursework plus 12 non-credit units of language. Assuming that they have already earned a minimum of 6 units at the time of scholarship approval, 5 semesters should suffice for completion of other courses.

    [3] For AC Angara grantees, the stipend is subject to increase in the amount of P2,500 provided they can show proof that they are financially needy (UP indicators: not exceeding P130,000 annual family income for Metro Manila; P117,000 for annual family income for other urban areas; and P110,000 annual family income for rural areas) and do not enjoy other benefits like leave of absence with pay from their institution/organization.

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  • ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR FOREIGN APPLICANTS

    In addition to the general requirements (see tab on the left), foreign applicants are advised to inquire at the Philippine Embassy or mission in their country of residence and with the University of the Philippines' Office of International Linkages Diliman for information on visa, study permit and other requirements.

    The following are other standard requirements:

    1. For foreign applicants from non-English speaking countries, original or certified true copy of standard language tests showing a minimum score (for TOEFL - 500 or equivalent if using new computer-based test; for IELTS-7.5).
    2. Alternatively, the university may require the candidate to take associated tests of written (TWE) and spoken (TSE) English. The appropriate scores in these two tests are: TWE-4.5; TSE-55.
    3. U.P. admission letter
    4. Valid passport
    5. Photocopy of passport showing the picture, arrival and visa
    6. I-card and Alien Certificate of Registration

    On Study Permits and Student Visa

    The Office of International Linkages Diliman handles the issuance of study permits and other matters relating to the application of foreign students

    Inquiries

    For further inquiries, you may contact them 981 8500 loc. 2561 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.