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 is implementing blended learning starting Second Semester AY 2022-2023. Following the UP Diliman’s return-to-campus announcement, a combination of online sessions and face-to-face classes will be applied. The schedule of face-to-face sessions are coordinated and was based on the student consultation held in October 2022. To check out the specific dates for face-to-face and online classes, please see the link below.


The regular registration period is from 6-8 February 2023. Classes will start on 13 February 2023. For more information about the enrollment process, click here.
To view the Asian Center calendar, click here.


The face-to-face and online sessions are coordinated and scheduled in the first and last months of the semester to help students adjust and minimize work disruptions. Depending on the design of the course, individual faculty are expected to hold 3 to 6 in-person sessions during the semester while conducting the remaining classes remotely. The classes of Dr. Graham Zhao and Dr. Katrina Navallo are exempted from the face-to-face sessions because they are both overseas. They will be conducting their sessions fully online.
Group work and field work are also expected to be conducted during the weeks that there will be face-to-face meetings. Everyone is encouraged to maximize student collaboration and student-faculty interaction during this period.
The first weeks of the semester is a time for both faculty and students to discuss how else to organize their classes that will be productive to all. Sharing of student concerns during the first meeting is encouraged.


Students who are based outside Metro Manila are advised to contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (OVCSA) regarding student housing immediately.
The number of public jeepneys inside the campus is also expected to increase given the meetings between the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs (OVCCA) and the drivers’ associations. In addition, OVCCA recently released Memorandum No. LMTB-23-01 (Guide to Transportation and Traffic for the 2nd Semester AY 22-23) to be effective on 13 February 2023.
The availability of food on campus has also improved as cafeterias and businesses respond to demand. The University Food Hub also just opened.
These mechanisms hope to help the students and faculty adjust to the gradual return to campus life. For updates on UP Diliman preparations for the 2nd semester, please see Memorandum FRN 23-002 (Back-to-Campus Plan and Updates on Preparations Second Semester AY 2022-2023). This includes updates on academic policies, field activities, library service, internet, food service, public transportation and health guidelines and services.

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