University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Languages and Cultures of Asia

1244 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
Madison WI 53706

Program contact: Rachel Weiss
Phone: 608-890-0138
Fax: 608-265-5731
Email: rweiss@wisc.edu


About the Languages and Cultures of Asia Program

Admissions to this program is being reopened for students starting in the Fall 2018 semester. The application is open now. The department offers instruction in the languages and cultures of Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia, as well as comparative studies of the religions of these areas.

Note: The M.A., Ph.D., and doctoral minor will be changing to the name "Asian Languages and Cultures" effective for students starting in the Fall 2018 semester. The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offers new interdisciplinary M.A. and Ph.D. programs. Students may also design their own courses of study that take advantage of the many opportunities on campus to do in-depth research on Asia from multiple disciplinary perspectives and across the traditional area studies divisions of East, South, and Southeast Asia. Students may also choose to focus their studies in a thematic tracks. More information: https://alc.wisc.edu/graduate-programs

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Additional Policy

The program offers limited financial assistance in the form of fellowships and teaching assistantships to candidates who are highly qualified. Applicants should consult the program website for selection criteria and application materials for assistantships.

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1 These programs are offered in an evening and/or weekend format to accommodate working schedules. Enjoy the advantages of on-campus courses and personal connections, while keeping your day job. For more information about the meeting schedule of a specific program, contact the program.

2 These programs are offered primarily online. Many available online programs can be completed almost entirely online with all online programs offering at least 50 percent or more of the program work online. Some online programs have an on-campus component that is often designed to accommodate working schedules. Take advantage of the convenience of online learning while participating in a rich, interactive learning environment. For more information about the online nature of a specific program, contact the program.

3 These programs have innovative curricula that combine on-campus and online formats. Most hybrid programs are completed on-campus with a partial or completely online semester. For more information about the hybrid schedule of a specific program, contact the program.

4 These on-campus programs are offered in an accelerated format that allows you to complete your program in a condensed time-frame. Enjoy the advantages of on-campus courses with minimal disruption to your career. For more information about the accelerated nature of a specific program, contact the program.

5 Students in most on-campus graduate programs are eligible for assistantships. Please look carefully at the additional policies listed above for more information about the specific assistantship and enrollment policies for the program. Contact the program with any questions.