About UBC Asian Studies

Not only is UBC ranked within the top 20 public universities in the world, we offer the leading Asian Studies program in Canada and are among the best in the world. Located in “North America’s Gateway to Asia” (Vancouver), UBC Asian Studies is the premier unit at UBC tasked with teaching and research on Asia at the BA, MA and PhD levels.

What makes us one of the best?

We currently give instruction in 9 Asian Languages:

Since our inception in 1961, our Chinese and Japanese language programs have grown to be the largest in mainland North America and we recently created the only university-level for-credit comprehensive Cantonese language program in Canada (it is something we are very excited about). Although our enrollments have soared, we try to keep our language classes small and offer different streams for heritage and non-heritage learners.

Something for Everyone

We also offer over 80 courses every year in Asian thought, religion, history, literature, culture, popular culture, visual culture, diaspora literature, linguistics, gender studies, and film, and have nearly 60 full-time teaching faculty members – many of whom are recognized internationally for their research.

A few of our most popular ASIA courses offered:

See our full course list here.

Beyond the Classroom

Asian Studies is designed to give you the key linguistic and cultural capital to work as a leader in the 21st“Asian Century” on the Canada-Asia interface. Graduates of our program have found meaningful careers in the foreign service, the Canada Border Service Agency, and other branches of government; serve in numerous different NGOs and non-profit organizations; work as translators and interpreters in a variety of contexts; and find employment in diverse educational, cultural and media institutions.

Above all, we aim for our students to leave our program with the confidence to contribute to North America’s evolving relationship with Asia in informed, original, and culturally appropriate ways.