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Pacific and Asian Studies

University of Victoria

24 months
5074 CAD/year
4022 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Pacific and Asian Studies program at University of Victoria, British Columbia attracts students from around the world. 


Students in the Pacific and Asian Studies program at University of Victoria, British Columbia must complete 15 units of coursework and thesis to earn their degree. All students must take a minimum of 6 units from the core courses offered by our department. Students choose one of the following two options.

(1) The long thesis option• 6 units of coursework• 9-unit thesis (90-120 pages)

(2) The short thesis option• 9 units of coursework• 6-unit research paper (70-90 pages)

Students choose one of the two Study Streams:

(1) The Regional (Area) Studies Stream

This stream covers the mechanisms and values involved in social transformations. Students explore Asian and Pacific societies in the context of globalisation and modernisation, in relation to local social and cultural practices. Limited issues around cultural politics, state formation, and global vs. local relations often form the foundation of graduate work in this stream.

2) The Literary and Textual Studies Stream

Students in the Literary and Textual Studies stream work on cutting-edge topics on the critical role narratives play in shaping, preserving, challenging, or changing social organisations and traditions. These topics focus on such diverse areas as technology, gender, ethnicities, international relations, ideologies and propaganda, and more. Students create an original, analytical thesis demonstrating an argument about a specific topic in narrative, broadly encompassing the literatures, theatres, cinemas, languages, histories, religions, and philosophies of Asia. The student conducts original research utilising primary and secondary resources in both Asian and non-Asian languages, synthesising the results of this research into a rhetorical text (the Thesis).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories of Pacific Region Societies
  • Special Topics in Pacific Studies 
  • Research Methodologies 
  • Advanced Readings in Japanese, Chinese or Indonesian 
  • Directed Studies (taught by supervisor) 
  • Cultural, Linguistic, and Literary Theories in Asia-Pacific Studies 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • B+ (6.0 GPA) average in last two years of study

  • Ideally, students will have advanced ability in an Asian language (sufficient to conduct research in that language), relevant to their area of study.
  • International students whose native language is not English must also include results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language or equivalent, with a minimum score of 575 or equivalent.

The online application includes the following materials:

  • Application for admission to graduate studies
  • Two letters of reference from academic referees
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary studies
  • TOEFL 90 (internet based), IELTS 6.5 or MELAB 90, if required
  • One copy of a sample of the applicant's written work, up to a maximum of 10 pages (e.g., a third or fourth-year university paper)
  • One copy of a statement of intent maximum 500 words
  • Tuition Fee

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    • International

      5074 CAD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 5074 CAD per year during 24 months.
    • National

      4022 CAD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 4022 CAD per year during 24 months.

    Living costs for Victoria

    1490 - 2092 CAD /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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