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Asian Studies Opportunities 

January 2014

Now is a great time to begin planning for foreign study for this summer or next fall, including scholarship opportunities. Check out the announcements below, and talk to the Director of Asian Studies at about becoming an Asian Studies minor. Don't miss the opportunities that studying Asia provides.

When is New Years?

While many in the US celebrated New Years on January 1, more opportunities exist to ring in a new year. Chinese Year 4712 begins on January 31. This marks the beginning of the Year of the Horse in the twelve year cycle. In India, various regional New Years, including Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh, Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, and Cheti Chand among the Sindhis, start on the first day of the month of Chaitra, which falls on March 31 in 2014. So, if you want a new start, you have many opportunities coming up.

Asian Studies Research Award

Put on your editing playlist, and polish that paper from last semester. The deadline to submit papers or projects for the Asian Studies Research Award is February 10, 2014. Keep an eye out in the coming month for the Asian Studies Awards lecture where we award the Outstanding Asian Studies student award to an Asian Studies minor as well as the Research Award. For details about the submission process for the research award, check the Asian Studies website.


Scholarships for Studying Asia

Lots of scholarships are available to assist in funding study abroad for Summer 2014. If you are on a Pell Grant, check out the Gilman Scholarship Program, whose application for summer is due in early March. Scholarships offered through UA include the Miyagawa Scholarship and the Ron Robel Scholarship. For a full listing and additional information, check the Scholarships page of the Asian Studies websiteand the Capstone International's Money Matters page.

UA Study Abroad in Asia

Capstone International has a variety of UA study abroad trips in Asia this summer, including India, China, and Japan. You can also check with them about exchange programs available in a variety of Asian countries or the possibility of arranging your own exchange. Begin planning now for the spring deadlines.

Undergraduate Conference on China

Duke and UNC Chapel HIll are hosting an undergraduate conference on March 28-30, 2014. 50% of the delegates will be from other universities. Applications are due Feb 1. For more information, check their website ( 

Minor requirements

  • 18 hours total
  • 2 general courses on Asia (ARH 254, HY 243, HY 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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