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 Bahasa Indonesia classes which will be held every Saturday starting 22 February 2020 to 9 May 2020. Applications for the limited slots are open to all, but priority will be given to Asian Center students. The classes are offered courtesy of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.



  • A1 : 9 a.m – 12 noon
  • A2: 1:00 p.m – 4 p.m (Applicant must have successfully finished A1.)


  1. Fill out the application form.

  2. For applicants outside the Asian Center, send the following as one (1) PDF file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and with the subject line: Bahasa Language February 2020. This will help us keep track of your applications.
    1. Letter expressing intent and briefly explaining motivations to learn Bahasa Indonesia.
    2. Curriculum Vitae

Accepted applicants will be notified through email.


For queries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The 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. The Center 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. 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. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.