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Undergraduate Programs Information

Major or minor in Asian Studies.

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Including: Master of Arts in Asian Studies, Master’s in Asian International Affairs, and Graduate Certificates in Asian Studies.

Student Testimonials

Christina Geisse

The Asian Studies Program was incredible because most professors were undertaking their own research, passionate about their subject of study, and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with students. It felt fresh and profound at the same time. Inspiring! 

Christina Geisse
Kim Sluchansky

I was able to delve deep and focus on the areas of Asian Studies that truly interested me, and therefore gained a much more thorough and developed understanding of my fields of interest, which are applicable to my current career path. Also, the professors are extremely helpful and want their students to succeed. They were very supportive both while I was at UH and after I graduated.

Kyaw Hsan Hlaing Receives Soros Fellowship for PhD at Cornell University

Asian Studies BA student Kyaw Hsan Hlaing has been selected to receive a 2024 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. The fellowship will support him in pursuing a PhD in Political Science at Cornell University.

On track to graduate in Summer 2024, Kyaw Hsan Hlaing is not your typical undergraduate student. An internationally-acclaimed journalist and refugee from Myanmar, his studies were interrupted by poverty and violence. Upon arriving in the US already well known for his reporting on Myanmar’s crisis, he joined the BA program in Asian Studies. While pursuing his BA in our department, he has also been funded by the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program to research the causes of armed conflict in Myanmar, and featured on their blog. The Department of Asian Studies is thrilled to hear of his most recent success, and looks forward to many more! For more about Kyaw Hsan, you can view his profile on the Soros Foundation website.

The Soros Foundation writes:

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate education in the United States. Since 1998, we have awarded 805 Fellows from 103 countries Fellowships to pursue degrees of their choosing. This year, we selected 30 individuals out of over 2,300 applicants who will each receive up to $90,000 towards their graduate education. Our selection criteria focuses on a student’s drive, creativity, intellectual spirit, and their commitment to the values at the heart of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The 2024 Fellows will join an active PD Soros alumni network, which includes US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy; Olympians Amy Chow and Patricia Miranda; US Ambassador to Spain & Andorra Julissa Reynoso Pantaleón; Stanford AI leader Fei-Fei Li; computational biologist Pardis Sabeti; composer Paola Prestini; Open AI public policy leader Anna Makanju; award-winning writer Kao Kalia Yang, and more than 800 Fellows.

The application for the 2025 Fellowship is now open and due at 2 pm ET on October 31, 2024. The full eligibility requirements can be found here.

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