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 (Not offered this semester)
- Intensive Japanese B - Intermediate Japanese (Not offered this semester)
- Basic Bahasa
- Intermediate Bahasa
Language courses are also offered 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 Languages as Graduate Program Requirements
Alternatively, students of the Asian Center can complete 192 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.
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.