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Master’s in Asian Studies: The master’s program in Asian Studies with a concentration on Southeast Asia allows a student to take a range of courses that would be difficult in a traditional discipline. Southeast Asia focused doctoral programs are available in anthropology, economics, geography, history, linguistics, music, philosophy, political science, public health, sociology, theatredance, and tropical agriculture. Students considering degrees in the disciplines should contact those programs directly for information and application materials. Please visit the School of Pacific and Asian Studies to learn how to apply.

Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies: Interested in a Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies? The Department of Asian Studies is offering Graduate Certificates in Asian Studies and each of the geographical areas covered by SPAS’ area centers, including Southeast Asia. The Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies enables students to gain (and demonstrate evidence of) cutting-edge knowledge of Asia or a specific region in Asia. A Graduate Certificate can serve as a valuable tool in career development for graduate students in discipline-based programs (e.g., PhD or MA students in sociology, political science, music, or law) and for professionals in business, government, education, law, public health and other fields in which there is increasing demand for integrated, interdisciplinary knowledge about Asian cultures. For more information and to apply, please visit the Department of Asian Studies Certificate Programs website.

Southeast Asian Languages: The Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures at the University of Hawaii offers instruction in many Southeast Asian languages, including KhmerIlokanoIndonesianTagalogThai and Vietnamese. IPLL also provides regular instruction in other languages of interest to Southeast Asian scholars, including Arabic, Hindi, and Sanskrit. Individuals interested in Arabic, Hindi, Sanskrit, and/or Vietnamese should contact the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures directly.

Southeast Asia Courses: The University of Hawai′i at Mānoa (UHM) offers about 140 graduate or undergraduate courses wholly or partially related to Southeast Asia. Students who specialize in Southeast Asia concentrate on the countries that comprise this large geographical area: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), and Viet Nam. Over 50 lecturers, visiting professors and resident faculty teach and do research in the region of Southeast Asia and/or in Southeast Asian languages.

Fellowships & Scholarships: The Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship, along with a list of other Center scholarships for Southeast Asian Studies students, can be found on the student Scholarships page, and on our Opportunities – Funding page.

Related Links

Asian Studies Program

School of Pacific and Asian Studies

College of Language and Letters

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