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A student visits a panda while studying abroad
Sumo wrestling tournament in Japan
View of the Tokyo Sky Tree
The Nebuta festival in Amori, Japan
Cherry blossoms at the Hanazono shrine in Tokyo
Great Buddha statue
A Sichuan hotpot in Chengdu
Chinese grammar class
A student group gathers in Nepal

The UVM Asian Studies Program, offering B.A. and minor programs, provides students with a unique interdisciplinary experience—we draw on faculty expertise from all across the university. Twenty-four faculty members from 14 academic disciplines (art history, anthropology, Chinese language, community development, economics, education, environmental studies, history, linguistics, Japanese language, philosophy, political science, and religion) teach in the major. This approach gives you multiple perspectives that examine ancient history and cultural traditions to contemporary issues in one of the fastest developing regions of the world.

Major and minor academic concentrations in Asian Studies are available to undergraduate students. Several departments offer graduate programs as well. Students majoring in Asian Studies take courses on Asia in several academic disciplines and are encouraged to pursue language courses and study abroad opportunities. Students focusing on a geographic area in which UVM offers a full array of relevant language courses (e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Arabic) all establish at least intermediate proficiency in the pertinent Asian Language.

Study Abroad

Students who are pursuing one of our degrees in the Asian Studies Program are encouraged to spend a portion of their time at UVM abroad. We try to make it easy for you to fulfill your major requirements through such programs by accepting up to one-half of the credits toward your major as transfer credits. Learn more about our opportunities to study abroad.


Outside the classroom, many of our students undertake internships abroad or in the U.S. with direct relevance to their degrees in fields including businesses, government, media, international organizations like the United Nations, and international non-profit organizations. Explore our internship opportunities.


A key part of your success at UVM will be your relationship with your academic advisor. Think of your advisor as your academic liaison whom you can rely on to clarify university policies and requirements, provide support, and help you navigate your undergraduate journey. As an Asian Studies major or minor, you will automatically be paired with program director, Tom Borchert. Learn more about advising.


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