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 UP Asian Center will offer free Korean language classes which will be held every Saturday starting 10 September 2022 to 17 December 2022, via Zoom. Applications for limited slots are open to all, but priority will be given to UP Asian Center students. The classes are offered courtesy of the Seoul National University through the generous support of Korea Foundation. The deadline of submissions is on 7 September 2022, 5:00 PM, PHT.


Classes will be held every Saturday, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Philippine Standard Time, via Zoom. Classes will start on 10 September 2022, and will end on 17 December 2022.


Applications for the limited slots are open to all, but priority will be given to UP Asian Center students. Applicants are required to submit their essays; and accepted applicants will be notified through email.


• The essay must answer the following question:
o Why do you need to learn Korean Language?
• Minimum of 300 words, maximum of 500 words only.
• A4 Size Paper, Arial Font, Size 11, Single spaced
• Saved in a PDF file with filename: LAST NAME – KLC Essay 2022
• Deadline of submission is on 7 September 2022, 5:00 PM, PHT.
• Submit your essay via: https://forms.gle/zsJDH3NLzSf1rkHf7


Official certificates of completion will be awarded to those who will successfully complete the course.


Dr. Go Eun Kim of Seoul National University will be the instructor of the Beginner Level Korean language classes.

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The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The UP Asian Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. It also offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. As an area studies institution, the Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website.