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Asian Studies Opportunities 

January 2015

Welcome back for the Spring 2015 semester at Alabama. In addition to the variety of courses starting this week, we have opportunities for scholarships and study abroad. If you have questions about the Asian Studies minor or other announcements, contact the Director of Asian Studies at

Research Award Deadline 

If you have a research or creative project that deals with Asia (from a previous semester), review it and submit it for the Asian Studies Research Award. The deadline, January 30, will be here soon. Details about the attached scholarship and submission guidelines are available on the Asian Studies website. We also encourage you to present your research at UAs Undergraduate Research Symposium later next Spring, which also has cash awards for the best presentations in different categories, including an international category.

Language Study in Taiwan

Funding for study in Asia can come from various sources. The Taiwan-United States Sister City Alliance has some Ambassador Summer Scholarships for study in Taiwan this summer. Check out details on the TUSA website. Early admission deadline is 15 February, and the regular deadline is 31 March.

Study Abroad This Summer

You can still develop plan for study abroad in Asia this summer. Check out the opportunities through Capstone International at UA. One UA led trip to China this summer includes intensive language study, no prior study of Chinese is required. Capstone International list other trips this summer in different parts of Asia led by Alabama faculty and opportunities to be an exchange student at a university in Asia. Also check out the various scholarship opportunities that are available for UA students studying abroad.

Digital Resources

The Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian, which feature many examples of art related to Asia, has recently put 40,000 pieces of their collection online. These images are available for download for non-commercial use (including research and inserting into papers or blogposts). The image above is "100 Views of Mt. Fuji" by Ogata Gekko.

Minor requirements

  • 18 hours total
  • 2 general courses on Asia (ARH 254, HY 113 (formerly 243), HY 114 (formerly 244), REL 220)
  • 2 Upper level courses on Asia
  • 2 elective courses on Asia
  • 2 semesters of Asian language (not counted in 18 hours unless over 300 level) 
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