What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies seeks to promote an expanded awareness and understanding of the nations and cultures of Asia, to support and encourage research on Asia, and to make available resources to enable better understanding and more effective interaction between organizations and individuals in the Hampton Roads area and those in Asia.

The Institute of Asian Studies initiates and coordinates the development and operation of special programs, and administers a major in Asian Studies. It also explores and maintains cooperative relationships with higher education institutions and other organizations within the United States and throughout Asia in order to enhance Asian Studies programs in this university and region.


The Asian Studies program benefits anyone who plans to work in Asia or pursue a career dealing with Asian-American people, business, tourism, international communications, education, journalism, social work, etc.

Many graduates go on to pursue careers in: International business and trade management; Federal and state government agencies dealing with international affairs; Teaching and research in Asian Studies; Study at graduate level; Consulting firms related to international affairs; Asian language translation/interpretation; Journalism; Museum operations; Social Services; International and domestic non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Letters

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,700.00 per year
Estimates are based on full-time enrollment for the 9-month academic year (15 credit hours for Undergraduate/9 credit hours for Graduate). Summer semester costs not included. Costs increase annually, and are subject to change without notice
Application deadline

Expected October 2021

Start date

20 December 2021, 7 January 2022


College of Arts and Letters

9000 Batten Arts and Letters,



23529, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Traditional freshman applicants are typically under the age of 21 and currently enrolled in high school or have graduated from high school within the past two years and have not attended any regionally accredited college or university (not to include dual enrollment).

English proficiency test scores: TOEFL of 79 (550 paper based); IELTS overall band of 6.5; PTE score of 53; new SAT Reading Test of 26 or SAT Critical Reading of 480; GRE Verbal Reasoning of 152; GCSE or GCE “O” level pass in English language; CPE grade of A, B, or C.

Fall: Early Action (Non-Binding) Dec. 1; Regular - Feb. 15

Spring Regular - Oct. 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.