Pacific and Asian Studies

Asian culture

Study what interests you

Curious about Asian culture, politics, traditions and literature? We offer fascinating courses that explore all of this and more.

Our courses
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Research and initiatives

Our research is dynamic and diverse, touching on everything from religion, social issues, language and history to theatre, cinema, philosophy and literature.

Our research
Sean Roberts on the UVic campus

New perspectives

Sean Roberts says Pacific and Asian Studies courses have helped him broaden his horizons and better understand other cultures.

Undergraduate studies
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A rich academic environment

Graduate student N’Donna Russell says she has learned a lot by studying a different culture, and in doing so, has learned a lot about herself.

Graduate studies
Haeyeon Park on the UVic campus

Discover your edge in Pacific and Asian Studies

Pacific and Asian Studies opens your mind to new perspectives. Haeyeon Park's degree allowed her to go study in Shanghai for a year.

Study abroad
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Widen your view

Our programs let you develop language skills, a global perspective and cultural knowledge. You could even take your new skills into the real world by studying or working abroad.

Undergraduate programs

Welcome Back!


Dear PAAS Community,

Welcome back to campus! As our office re-opens, please know that we are following current health guidelines, so please wear a mask when you come to visit. We will continue to monitor the campus updates for additional health and safety notices. We are always available via email Monday-Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  For all Graduate Program inquiries please email and for all other inquiries please email  If you would like to contact an instructor please click our contact page.

All the best,

Department of Pacific and Asian Studies


We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.


Change the way you see the world

Past and present, the Asia-Pacific has helped shape the contemporary world as a cultural, political and economic powerhouse. Each specific region has its own mix of complex histories, cultural traditions, and vibrant languages.

I fell in love with Pacific and Asian Studies because of the endless world I could explore—because I learned about language, history, religion, art, politics, economy, globalisation, and people people people! As one cohesive whole, I combined so many other fields of research. Through literature, cinema, theatre, poetry, paintings… I saw a bigger world than I had ever studied before. And I loved it.
—Katherine Savoy, PAAS Major

Increase your global cultural knowledge of this ever-changing region with our dynamic classes and exciting opportunities to study abroad.

Find your edge in UVic's Department of Pacific and Asian Studies