Asian Center students are required to pass 12 units of a language course that is offered at the University of the Philippines Diliman or other accredited institutions, and is relevant to their thesis and/or area of specialization.  

For instance, Southeast Asia majors can take up Bahasa, Thai, or Khmer, Lao, OR Burmese; South Asia majors can learn, say, Hindi; Northeast Asia majors can take up Mandarin, Japanese OR Korean; while West Asia majors can study, say, Arabic OR Persian. 

 Course Offerings@UP Asian Center

  • Intensive Chinese A - Elementary Chinese
  • Intensive Chinese B - Intermediate Chinese

  • Intensive Japanese A - Elementary Japanese
  • Intensive Japanese B - Intermediate Japanese
  • Intensive Malay A - Elementary Malay
  • Intensive Malay B - Intermediate Malay

Related courses may also be offered at the at the Department of Linguistics, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Arabic is taught at the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman. Asian Center students, however, must consult with and get the approval of their program advisers and/or the College Secretary before enrolling in any of these courses. 

Asian Languages as Graduate Program Requirements

Alternatively, students of the Asian Center can complete 196 hours of language classes offered by an accredited institution OR pass a language proficiency exam from an accredited/recognized institution. Before taking these options, students must consult with and get the approval of their program advisers and/or the College Secretary; and they must first ensure that the said institution is indeed recognized and that the Asian Center will recognize the certificate of language proficiency that they will issue. The language requirement must be met BEFORE being eligible to take the comprehensive exam. 

Course Schedules and Fees

‘A’ and ‘B’ courses are generally offered during the first and second semesters, respectively. Each is 6 units, with P1,500 per unit, so one course (e.g. Intensive Chinese A) amounts to P9,000. Classes generally meet twice a week in three-hour sessions, but schedules change depending on the availability of the teacher. 
Who Can Enroll
The courses are open to regular UP students or to Special Students, the latter category falling under and subject to the application procedures of the Office of the University Registrar, University of the Philippines Diliman. To know how to apply for Special Student status, please visit the the Registrar's dedicated web page on this topic
For more information, please contact Robert Silleza, Office of the College Secretary, at 981.8500 local 3577 or email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last updated: 16 January 2016