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

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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

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