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East Asian Languages and Civilizations

12 months
6988 USD/module
6988 USD/module
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The East Asian Languages and Civilizations program of University of Pennsylvania is both a gateway into higher-level graduate study and preparation for careers in teaching, administration, and professions in the public and private sectors.


Key facts:

  • The East Asian Languages and Civilizations program of University of Pennsylvania is extremely valuable to students who plan to seek employment in East Asia. The program offers flexibility for students who desire to combine this degree with another Master of Arts at Penn or who would like to pursue the degree on a part-time basis. The Master's in EALC focuses on humanistic disciplines such as literature, philosophy, religion, art, and archaeology of East Asia, and often the more rigorous language requirements such as classical Chinese, Japanese, or Mongolian in addition to the modern languages.
  • Students who are able to pass the language examination (in either Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Mongolian) on admission and who are prepared to produce a research paper of superior quality in courses offered by the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) may normally expect to receive their degrees in one year. Those unable to speak and read a modern East Asian language must expect to spend more than one year (probably two, with summer work) in the program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Beginning Tibetan
  • Intermediate Tibetan
  • Elementary Vietnamese
  • Beginning Filipino
  • Beginning Thai
  • Elementary Mongolian

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
165 (verbal)
160 (quantitative)
5 (analytical)

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  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose
  • Three (3) Letter of Recommendation
  • Copies of all college-level transcripts
  • GRE scores
  • English language proficiency test scores
  • Writing Sample

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6988 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6988 USD per module during 12 months.
  • National

    6988 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6988 USD per module during 12 months.
  • Tuition per 1 course

Living costs for Philadelphia

1313 - 2284 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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