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 Asian Center accepts applications twice a year: one intake for the first semester, which begins in August, and another for the second semester, which starts January.

  • Requirements for MA programs @ UP Asian Center

    1. Fill out this online application form
    2. Formal letter of application addressed to Dr. Joefe. B. Santarita, Dean of Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. 
    3. Original AND photocopy of transcript of records of undergraduate degree.* View guidelines regarding transcripts
    4. Curriculum vitae and duly accomplished Personal Data Form
    5. Duly accomplished Recommendation Form from 2 former professors (if non-working); and from 2 former professors and 1 employer (if working), to be submitted in sealed envelopes signed across the flap by the referee.
    6. Application fee of PhP 100 for Filipino students and US$25 for foreign applicants, to be paid at the UP Cashier
    7. Two (2) passport-sized photos
    8. Original AND photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate*
    9. NSO Marriage Certificate (for married female applicants)*
    10. Aptitude examination
    11. Aptitude examination fee of PhP 150 to be paid at the UP Cashier (OCG Trust Acct. No. 9773900-499-450)
    12. Two essays (to be written in-house), one autobiographical and one on substantive issues pertaining to studies of the Philippines/Asia.a
    13. Interview by the Asian Center Admissions Committee
    14. Certificate of Transfer Credentials (for Non-UP Diliman applicants)b
    15. Research Planc

    *Both original and photocopy will be submitted to the Asian Center.

    a While it can help to read up on Asia- or Philippine-related issues and theories, both exams test less for objective knowledge than for the depth and range of one's thinking, as well as writing aptitude (proper grammar, sentence structure, clear presentation of one's ideas, etc.)

    b This can be obtained at the Registrar's Office of your university.

    c Required even for applicants to the nonthesis track.

    GWA Requirement?

    There is no GWA requirement for applications.

    Additional Requirements for Foreign Applicants

    View the list of additional procedures for foreign applicants, especially pertaining to the acquisition of student visa and compliance with immigration requirements. 

  • Requirements for 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 Ma. Amihan Bonifacio Ramolete, Ph.D.
    • 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

  • FORMS FOR MA APPLICATIONS

    FORMS FOR PhD APPLICATIONS

    Entries to the application forms can be handwritten or typed/printed.

  • Asian Center students in February 2017

    Application Procedures for M.A. Programs

    1. Fill out this online application form.

    2. Submit all requirements to the Office of the College Secretary on or before the deadline. The requirements have to be submitted in person, either by you or by a representative, only on weekdays (excluding holidays or cancellation of work), 8 am to 5 pm.

    3. Applicants who pass preliminary screening will take an aptitude exam and write two essays* (to be written in-house).

      Schedule of exam for August 2019 intake: 6 May 2019 (8:30 am–11:30 am for aptitude test and 1:30 pm–4:30 pm for the written exam)

    4. Successful examinees will be interviewed by the Admissions Committee. Schedules to be determined.

    5. Accepted applicants await further instructions/updates. The next steps can be viewed here: visit this OUR FAQ page, in particular step 4 onwards.

    * While it can help to read up on Asia- or Philippine-related issues and theories, both exams test less for objective knowledge than for the depth and range of one's thinking, as well as writing aptitude (proper grammar, sentence structure, clear presentation of one's ideas, etc.).

    Application Procedures for PhD Program

    Please call 981 8500 local 3578 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • The Asian Center accepts applications twice a year: one intake for the first semester, which begins in August, and another for the second semester, which starts January.

    MA PROGRAMS DEADLINES/APPLICATION PERIOD

    • For 1st semester, AY 2019–2020 (August 2019 Intake): 01 April 2019—30 April 2019

    • For other semesters, please fill out the form below.

    PH.D. PROGRAM DEADLINE

    • For 1st Semester, AY 2019–2020 (August 2019 Intake): 15 April 2019 (Extended to April 30)

    • For other semesters, please fill out the form below.

    DEADLINES FOR OTHER SEMESTERS?

    Please sign up below and choose the application deadlines for the semester (s) you wish to apply (covers January 2020 to January 2022 intakes)

  • MSU students visit the UP Asian Center.

    Semestral fees at the Asian Center include:

    • Tuition fees: PhP 500.00 per unit
    • Miscellaneous fees: PhP1015
    • Student fund: PhP 51.50
    • Entrance fee, PhP 30.00
    • New students, PhP 100
    • For language courses, the tuition fee is PhP 1,500/unit.

    Amendment Guidelines on the Grant of Free Tuition in State Universities and Colleges for Fiscal Year 2017.
     
    Foreign students are required to pay an additional Education Development Fund (EDF) of US$ 500 per semester (This amount may vary according to their status of residence in the country). Several scholarships are available to Asian Center students. View Scholarships
  • Asian Center students during a poster presentation in one of their subjects.

    There are two types of scholarships available to Asian Center’s Masters students: the AC Angara scholarship and the AC UP-funded scholarship.  Under each type, there are grants for completion of course work, financial assistance for thesis writing, and travel grants for thesis writing. View details.

  • In addition to the general requirements (see tab on the left), foreign applicants are advised to inquire at the Philippine Embassy or mission in their country of residence and with the University of the Philippines' Office of International Linkages Diliman for information on visa, study permit and other requirements.

    The following are other standard requirements:

    1. For foreign applicants from non-English speaking countries, original or certified true copy of standard language tests showing a minimum score (for TOEFL - 500 or equivalent if using new computer-based test; for IELTS-7.5).
    2. Alternatively, the university may require the candidate to take associated tests of written (TWE) and spoken (TSE) English. The appropriate scores in these two tests are: TWE-4.5; TSE-55.
    3. U.P. Admission Letter
    4. Valid passport
    5. Photocopy of passport showing the picture, arrival and visa
    6. I-card and Alien Certificate of Registration

    ON STUDY PERMITS and STUDENT VISA

    The Office of International Linkages Diliman handles the issuance of study permits and other matters relating to the application of foreign students

    INQUIRIES

    For further inquiries, you may contact them 981 8500 loc. 2561 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.