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Department of
European Languages



The Department of European Languages will champion the university’s battle cry of honor and excellence as a driving force of scholarship and service in the country and in the region in its areas of strength: foreign language education, literary and cultural studies, and translation studies. 



The Department of European Languages aims to uphold its philosophy of the value of foreign language education in providing Filipinos with different lenses through which they understand themselves, other cultures and the world. 


Specifically, the DEL has the following objectives: 

1. To respond to the needs and interests of its stakeholders by integrating into larger systems, such as the academic framework of UP, national development, the ASEAN integration, and Philippine–European relations. 

2. To offer quality education that capitalizes on its academic diversity through interdisciplinarity, as language teaching is nourished by knowledge from various interdisciplinary fields, such as applied linguistics, cultural studies, gender studies, and translation studies, which promote a critical understanding of the cultures and identities that contextualize language learning. 

3. To fulfill its mediational role as an international link between different cultures and societies. Its service to the community will not be limited to language courses, translation and interpretation. As it critically reflects on the continued construction of Filipino identities, the DEL will play key roles within the increasingly complex contexts of the globalization of Philippine industries and the growth of the Filipino diaspora around the world. 

The following is a list of the faculty’s expertise, categorized according to the department’s main areas: 


Foreign Language Education: Teaching GRIFPS as Foreign Language, Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, Literacy Education, Anthropological Linguistics, Curriculum Studies


Literary and Cultural Studies: FIGS Literature Gender and Sexuality Studies, International Relations, Postcolonial Studies, Nationalism Studies, Transnational Studies


Translation studies: Cultural Translation, Language Localization, Audiovisual Translation, Cultural Mediation



The Department of European Languages had its beginnings in 1910 when it was first known as the Foreign Languages Section of the College of Philosophy, Science, and Letters. This section, which offered four languages (French, German, Latin, and Spanish), was established on June 3, 1910 to prepare students for Agriculture, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Law, and Fine Arts. In 1922, due to a significant increase in the number of students in Spanish, the Department of Spanish was created. In the year 1930, the department of Modern Languages, to which French and German belonged, was subsequently established. During the Japanese occupation, all students were required to take German. In 1948, Dutch was added as another language the students could opt for and there was also a time when Greek was taught in the Department. In 1958, the two aforementioned departments were fused into one and this department came to be known as the Department of Spanish and other European Languages. In 1960, the name was changed to the Department of Spanish and Modern Languages. In 1964, the Instituto Español was founded and the Department of European Languages came into existence. It was only in 1976 when European languages were collectively taught in the University under one department—the Department of European Languages, which remains its name to date. It is currently one of the five departments that comprise the present College of Arts and Letters, one of the three colleges established on October 6, 1983 from the three-way split of the former College of Arts and Sciences.


The Department’s initial offering was an AB and an MA (Spanish). In 1976, a new program, the Bachelor of Arts (European Languages) was conceived. The BA EL program attracted more majors into the Department because it gave the students the option to specialize in two European Languages, one as a major and the other as a minor. In the present BA EL curriculum revised in 2019, the students may choose from two plans. Students in Plan 1 study another European language:  German, Russian, Italian, French, Portuguese, or Spanish (GRIFPS).  Students in Plan 2 study another non-EL discipline:  English, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, Filipino, Panitikan ng Pilipinas, Speech Communication, Theater Arts, Art Studies, Social Sciences, Philosophy, Theory in Fine Arts, Reading, Teaching in the Early Grades, Language Teaching, Communication Research, and Tourism.


Today, the Department continues to grow and undergo various changes in line with its commitment to excellence in education and to better serve thousands of students in the University who wish to learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Latin, and Portuguese. It is the only institution in the country conferring a BA in European Languages, M.A. programs in Spanish, French and German, and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature. 













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Admission Procedures


UP students, whether from Diliman or UP’s other constituent universities, who want to shift or transfer to one of the degree programs offered by the College of Arts and Letters, may proceed directly to the Office of the College Secretary at CAL 101 to secure an application form. Applicants from universities outside the UP system must process their application at the Office of the University Registrar.


Upon completion of the application form, students should submit it and other required documents to the Student Records Evaluator of the Office of the College Secretary.

Applicants will then be informed of interview and examination schedules.  


Admission Requirements


  1. Accomplished application form – This form may be secured from the Office of the College Secretary.

  2. True Copy of Grades (TCG) – Applicants from any of the UP campuses must, at least, have taken and earned 30 academic units, excluding those taken at UP Diliman as cross-registration courses. Students from other universities, on the other hand, must have earned 33 academic units.

  3. The general weighted average (GWA)** of applicants must meet the grade requirement prescribed by the department that offers the program where the applicant wants to be admitted to. The Department of European Languages requires an average of at least 2.00 or its equivalent in the UP grading system for the following: a) shiftees within the College; b) shiftees within UP Diliman; and c) transferees from other UP units. A GWA of 1.75 is required for transferees from other schools/universities and Second Degree applicants.

  4. Certification of “No Contract” – This document may be secured from the Office of the Secretary of the college where the applicant is currently enrolled.

  5. Certificate of Good Moral Character (issued by the college where the student is currently enrolled)

  6. One 2×2 photo

  7. Non-refundable application fee of PHP 20.00 (to be paid at the Cashier’s Office, 2nd Floor, PNB Building)

  8. Oral Exam and Panel Interview


The requirements above are only applicable to UP students aiming to transfer or shift to one of the programs offered by the College. For applicants who are already students of the College of Arts and Letters, these requirements are waived; they need only fill out the application form.


**Meeting the average grade required by the unit does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

Graduate Programs

Holders of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent degree or title from the University of the Philippines or from other recognized institutions of higher learning may enroll in the program.


The following are the admission requirements for the graduate and postgraduate programs of the UP Department of European Languages:


1. An application letter addressed to the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters through channels, stating the applicant’s purpose(s) and specific field(s) of interest (original and photocopy) 

2. Official transcripts of undergraduate degree (and graduate degree, if applicable) (original and two photocopies)

3. Accomplished CAL-GSO recommendation forms from two former professors and/or employers (original)

4. Accomplished CAL-GSO application form, with 2” X 2” photo (two original copies)

5. Copy of marriage contract (if name on transcript is different from current name)

6. B2 certificate of proficiency pertinent to the chosen degree (Spanish/French/German)**


For Filipino students:

A non-refundable application fee of Php 100 (payable to the Cashier’s Office)


For foreign students:

1. A TOEFL score of at least 500 (paper-based), or at least 173 (computer-based), or at least 61 (internet-based test) if medium of instruction in schools attended is not English

2. A non-refundable application fee of Php 200 or US$25 (payable to the Cashier’s Office)

All forms may be requested from the College of Arts and Letters Graduate Studies Office (CAL-GSO).


All applications must be sent to the Graduate Studies Office, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, 1101.


For inquiries please visit UP Diliman CAL Graduate Studies Office Page on Facebook or email the CAL-GSO at


**French: DELF (Diploma in French Language Studies) or DALF (Diploma in Advanced French Language Studies)
German: TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache/Certificate in German as a Foreign Language)

Spanish: DELE (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language), SIELE (Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española), CELU (Certificado de Español: Lengua y Uso)


Department Executive Committee

Asst. Prof. Nina Rachel Agcaoili
Department Chair
German Section Coordinator

Assoc. Prof. Anna
Sibayan-Sarmiento, PhD

Assistant Chair
Graduate Program Coordinator
Undergraduate Program Adviser

Asst. Prof. Kristine Cabling
duate Program Coordinator and Adviser

Curriculum Coordinator;

Asst. Prof. Naidyl Isis Bautista
Undergraduate Program Adviser
Coordinator for Website and Social Media

Mr. Reginald Dominic
Robles Cruz

Undergraduate Program Adviser

Asst. Prof. Danica Anna

Undergraduate Program Adviser
Italian Section Coordinator

Asst. Prof. Racquel Joshebet
P. Mercado

Undergraduate Program Adviser

Asst. Prof. Rosalinde Fleur
M. Zapata

French Section Co-Coordinator

Asst. Prof. Zarah Dane Dimagmaliw-Tan
French Section Co-Coordinator
Coordinator for Research and Publications

Asst. Prof. Miguel
Blázquez-Carretero, PhD

Spanish Section Coordinator

Mr. Miguel Caculitan
CRS Coordinator

Asst. Prof. Monica Luise Susanne Froehlich, PhD
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) Lecturer & Coordinator

Asst. Prof. Michael Matza
Extramural Program Coordinator

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Administrative Staff

Glenn Silarde
Administrative Assistant I (Audiovisual Equipment Operator III)

Maureen Camille Dizon
Senior Office Aide

Contact Us


Room 1218, Pavilion 1, Palma Hall

Roxas Avenue corner Roces Street

University of the Philippines, Diliman

Quezon City 1101, Philippines

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(+632) 8981-8500 loc. 2121

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