UP Diliman

Academic Information

No student shall be denied admission to the University System by reason of age, sex, nationality, religious belief, or political affiliation.

Every applicant for admission shall undergo a thorough health examination. No person shall be admitted to this University who is found by the University Health Service to be suffering from a dangerous, communicable, contagious, or infectious disease or who is physically unfit to take courses in any college of the University.

Academic Calendar

The academic year (AY) is divided into two semesters of at least 16 weeks each, exclusive of registration and final examination periods. Each semester shall consist of at least 100 class days. A summer session of six weeks follows the second semester. Class work in the summer session is equivalent to class work in one semester. The first semester begins in August, the second semester in January and the midyear term in June.

Semestral System

All academic units of UP Diliman (UPD) operate under the semestral system, except for the following programs under the trimestral system: the evening Master of Business Administration program and the Master of Science in Finance program (Cesar EA Virata School of Business), Master of Management (UPD Extension Program in Pampanga/Olongapo) and the Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management program (College of Science).

Credit Unit

The unit of credit is the semester hour. Most classes taught at the University meet three hours a week; these classes carry 48 clock-hours of instruction and three (3) units of credit. Each unit of credit is at least 16 semester-hours of instruction in the form of lecture, discussion, seminar, tutorial or recitation or in any combination of these forms. Laboratory work, field work or related student activity is credited one (1) unit for at least 32 semester hours.

Medium of Instruction

English is generally used as the medium of instruction in the University.

The UP Language Policy provides for the development and use of the Filipino language while maintaining English as a global lingua franca. The Policy states that Filipino shall be the medium of instruction in the University at the undergraduate level, within a reasonable time frame or transition period. Graduate courses of study shall be in English, though there could very well be graduate courses of study in which the medium of instruction is Filipino.

English shall be maintained as the primary international language in the University to serve as its chief medium of access to the world’s intellectual discourse.

General Education Program

The General Education Program is a set of courses classified under the Arts and Humanities (AH), Social Sciences and Philosophy (SSP), and Mathematics, Science and Technology (MST) domains that give students knowledge and competencies to better prepare them for the basic understanding of various ways of knowing. This makes the UP student a well-rounded person ready for lifelong learning skills.

The liberal education thrust of GE aims to mold the UP student to becoming a holistic person, a more independent, creative, and critical thinker; a morally sound and intellectual individual of high integrity, and well able to adapt to the fast-changing pace of today’s living

The GE Program was first adopted in 1958 and underwent several revisions thereafter. In 2001, the GE Program was revitalized. Known as the RGE Program (RGEP), it was premised on freedom of choice and no prerequisites. It was implemented in the first semester AY 2002-2003.

In 2012, while retaining its philosophy, framework, course goals and aims, a revision was made in the GE program such that certain courses were prescribed under each domain while informally referred to as the “hybrid” RGEP, this is referred to as the existing General Education Program (GEP).

GEP Framework
The GEP framework lays down the requirements of the Program and defines the character of the GE courses.

1) The GEP ensures that the domains of knowledge contain a healthy mix of disciplines.

The GEP framework requires that students take fifteen (15) units in each of the three domains of knowledge – Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences and Philosophy; and Mathematics, Science and Technology – six (6) units of which must be in Philippine Studies, to be taken from any of the domains.

2) Every GE course, existing or to be instituted, must:

a) satisfy at least three of the following four (4) objectives:

– broaden the student’s intellectual and cultural horizons
– foster a commitment to nationalism balanced with a sense of internationalism
– develop an awareness of various disciplines
– integrate knowledge and skills

b) apply at least one of the following modes of inquiry
– quantitative and other forms of reasoning
– interpretive and aesthetic approaches

c) develop the following competencies
– communication (oral and written) and
– independent, creative, and critical thinking

3) A GE course must not have a prerequisite

4) Academic units that offer GE courses must take into account the attributes of the ideal GE faculty


Academic Programs for Undergraduate Students

Academic Programs for Graduate and Postgraduate Students