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

  • Requirements: MA Programs

    1. Fill out this online application form (For August 2020 only)

    2. Formal letter of application to the dean of the Asian Center. Please write full name thereof.

    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 (See "Application Forms" tab) 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

    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. Original AND photocopy of NSO Marriage Certificate (for married female applicants)

    10. Passing the aptitude examination (to be announced)

    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.

    13. Interview by the Asian Center Admissions Committee (for those who pass the aptitude and essay examinations)

    14. Certificate of Transfer Credentials (for Non-UP Diliman applicants)

    15. Research Plan (even non-thesis applicants will submit; see "Application Forms" tab)

    16. For foreign applicants, see "Foreign Applicants" tab on the left for additional requirements

    Got a question? Check the FAQ tabs first

    Requirements: PhD Program

    To view the requirements, please visit the dedicated page for the PhD Philippine Studies program.

  • Forms for MA Applications

    Forms for PhD Applications

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

  • 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.

    Deadlines and Application Period: M.A. Programs

    • For 1st semester, AY 2020–2021 (August 2020 Intake): please fill out the form below.

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

    Deadlines and Application Period: PhD Program

    • For 1st semester, AY 2020–2021 (August 2020 Intake): please fill out the form below.

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

  • How to Apply: M.A. Programs

    1. Fill out this online application form (only for August 2020 intake). There will be separate forms for later semesters.

    2. Submit all requirements to the Office of the College Secretary on or before the deadline (See deadline tab on the left).*

    3. Applicants who pass preliminary screening will take an aptitude exam and write two essays** (in-house at the UP Asian Center). Schedule to be announced each semester.

    4. Successful examinees will be interviewed by the Admissions Committee.

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

    Notes

    * 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 12 noon, 1 pm to 5 pm.

    ** 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.).

    How to Apply: PhD in Philippine Studies Program

    To view the process, please visit the dedicated page for the PhD Philippine Studies program.

  • Additional Application Requirements: Foreign Applicants

    1. For foreign applicants from non-English speaking countries, original or certified true copy of standard language tests showing a minimum score. For paper-based TOEFL (at least 500), for computer-based (at least 173), for internet-based (at least 61). IELTS, at least 5.5

    2. Valid passport

    3. Photocopy of passport showing the picture, arrival and visa

    Admissions Process for Foreign Student

    Once the student is accepted, he/she has to personally process his/her formal admission to the university. Here is the general flow of the admissions process. Please note that there may be details and nuances for each step (such as how long, etc), so please clarify as necessary.

    1. Applicant submits requirements to Asian Center; passes exam and interview (see "Admissions Process" and "Requirements" tabs).

    2. Asian Center gives successful applicant a) Notice of Acceptance, b) list of requirements to be submitted to the One Stop Student Desk, Office of the University Registrar (OUR); and c) Referral Slip to the University of the Philippines Health Service for Medical Certificate. Asian Center also submits a copy of the Notice of Acceptance to the OUR.

    3. Office of the University Registrar (OUR) to issue Acceptance Letter (a requirement for student visa application/conversion), one copy for the student (to be picked up by the Asian Center) and another copy for the Office of International Linkages (OIL) Diliman.

    4. Asian Center issues College Admission Slip, and asks applicant to fill out two (2) copies of Student Directory.

    5. Applicant starts processing of visa conversion (c/o OIL Diliman) and applies for Enrollment Permit at OIL Diliman.

    6. Applicant to submit requirements for (including the Enrollment Permit from OIL Diliman*) and obtain, the University Admission Slip.

    Requirements for University Admission Slip

    Student submits the following to the OSSD-OUR for issuance of University Admission Slip:

    1. College Admission Slip (Form 002)

    2. Two copies of accomplished Student Directory with photos

    3. Medical Certificate from the UPHS

    4. Photocopy of Birth Certificate, original to be presented

    5. Photocopy of Marriage Certificate, original to be presented (if married woman)

    6. Transcript used for evaluation duly stamped and signed by the Student Records Evaluator or College Secretary at the back of the TOR.

    7. Official Transcript of Records to be submitted in a sealed envelope/Authenticated/Apostille copy of TOR

    8. Enrollment/Study permit from OIL Diliman

    9. Photocopy of passport, original to be presented

    10. Plan of Study

    11. Student Insurance

    Accommodations and Student Insurance

    Students will also process their own housing/accommodations while taking the exam and/or studying in the university. Accepted applicants must also obtain student insurance.

    *Notes on Visa Conversion/Application

    *For new students, OIL Diliman can issue the Enrollment Permit upon submission of the visa conversion requirements. For continuing students, OIL Diliman issues this prior to enrollment or during the enrollment period. The students will have to submit a copy of their valid passports and visas for study.

    Students with these visas can study in the Philippines. If they do not have any of those, they can opt to have their temporary visa converted to visa type 9F (student visa). OIL Diliman can help applicants process the conversion. View visa conversion requirements. Applications for other visas have to be handled by their companies, embassies, etc).

    Once they have the visa, they would also need to apply for an Alien Certificate Card (ACR) from the Bureau of Immigration. View requirements.

    Foreign applicants to the Asian Center must be in the Philippines to take the exam (usually, this is sometime in early June for the August intake, and early November for the January intake). They may opt to return home and then come back when they are accepted. OIL Diliman recommends staying at least a month before the semester starts so that accepted applicants can process their visas, etc.

    For Inquiries: Visa/Immigration and Admissions

    For visa and immigration-related inquiries, you may visit the page of the Student Mobility Section of the Office of International Linkages Diliman. Please contact them at (63 2) 8 981 8500 local 2561 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    For admissions-related questions, please call the the One-Stop Student Desk (63 2) 8981 8500 local 4557 or email the Admissions and Records Section of the Office of the University Registrar  (63 2) 8981 8500 local 4555 and 4556 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Semestral fees for MA programs include:

    • Tuition fees: PhP 500.00 per unit*
    • Library Fee: PhP 1,200
    • Athletics: 75
    • Registration fee: 40
    • Medical: 50
    • Cultural: 50
    • Student Fund: 50

      *Doesn't apply to language courses at the UP Asian Center.

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

    Scholarships

    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 T
    • Travel grants for thesis writing. 

    For details regarding requirements, terms, conditions, etc., please view the Tuition and Financing page.

  • What is the coverage of the aptitude and essay exams?

    The aptitude exam measures abstract reasoning, among others, while the essay section tests 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.). It would not hurt of course to do some reading.

    When is the exam?

    Schedule of the exam will be announced during the application period/after you apply. Generally, the exam is scheduled around a week after the deadline of submission.

    How do I get the Certificate of Transfer Credentials?

    This can be obtained at the Registrar's Office of your university. This is only for non-UP Diliman applicants.

    Do I need to submit a research plan even if I am on a non-thesis track?

    Yes, the Research Plan is required even for applicants to the nonthesis track.

    Is there a GWA requirement?

    There is no GWA requirement when applying. Students are asked to maintain a GWA.

    Is there a degree requirement?

    Any BA or BS degree is accepted.

    How often do you accept applications?

    The Asian Center accepts applications every semester. The first semester starts in August, the second in January. Application period generally ends a few months before the start of the semester.

    Language Requirement?

    Applicants do not need to have competency in any Asian languge when they apply. The language requirement only applies when one is already in the program.

    Do I have to type or hand-write the application forms?

    The application forms can be handwritten or typed/printed.

    Can I ask someone to submit the application documents?

    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 12 noon, 1 pm to 5 pm.

    Where is the Office of the University Registrar?

    View map.

    Can I submit the application documents on weekends?

    Submissions of applications are accepted only on weekdays (excluding holidays or cancellation of work), 8 am to 5 pm.

    Are there Saturday classes?

    Not all classes will be offered on Saturdays, so there may be cases where working students have to leave early to attend classes on weekdays.

    Is there a minimum number of units that I need to take per semester?

    All students, except those in residency, must take at least 6 units per semester.

    Can I shift from a thesis track to a non-thesis track, and vice versa?

    Any student in the Thesis Track (MAAS or MAPS) may be allowed to transfer to Non-Thesis Track (MAS or MPS) under the following conditions:

    ⦁ He/she writes a formal letter addressed to the Dean requesting permission to transfer, with the endorsement of the Program Adviser
    ⦁ He/she has completed less than eighteen (18) units of course work at the time he/she seeks transfer.

    A student under the Non-Thesis Track may transfer any time to the Thesis Track provided his/her request is favorably endorsed by the Program Adviser on the basis of intellectual capacity and aptitude for advanced research.

  • Get In Touch

    Please check the FAQs first before sending an inquiry. For additional information, please contact the Office of the College Secretary at 8.981.8500 local 3578 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Kindly look for Mr. Robert Silleza or Avel Golondrina.

    Locations: UP Asian Center

    Please note that vehicles entering the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center grounds can only do so via the gate on Magsaysay Avenue that is near a UP guardhouse and a few meters away from Katipunan Avenue. A small gate for pedestrians on Guerrero St., which lies across the College of Law parking lot and a few meters away from a waiting shed, where the Ikot jeepney, and jeepneys from Philcoa and SM North pass by.  View an entire map of the UP Diliman campus.

    Office of the University Registrar