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 accepting online applications to its graduate programs on Asian Studies and on Philippine Studies for the second semester, Academic Year 2021–2022, which starts in February 2022. Applications will be accepted until 19 November 2021.


♦ Master of Arts in Asian Studies (Thesis)
♦ Master in Asian Studies (Nonthesis)
♦ Master of Arts in Philippine Studies (Thesis)
♦ Master in Philippine Studies (Nonthesis)


♦ Asian Studies

◊ Northeast Asia (specialization on China, Japan, or Korea)
◊ Southeast Asia
◊ South Asia
◊ West Asia

♦ Philippine Studies

◊ Development Studies
◊ Foreign Relations
◊ Society and Culture


♦ History and Area Studies
♦ Research and Methodology
♦ Politics and Governance
♦ Socioeconomic Development
♦ Culture, Religion, and Society
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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 atthe journal's website. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.