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Prospective Students

Perspective students are encourage to read the entirety of information provided below. Applicants must meet requirements set by both Graduate Admissions and the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

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All application material MUST be uploaded to the AY Web site
except for the language speaking sample. 
Log in to the AY site HERE.

International Students - December 15th

Domestic Students - January 15th

The deadline for submission of all departmental application materials is December 15th for International applicants, and January 15th for Domestic Fall applicants. All application materials--including the Application for Teaching Fellowship or Assistantship (Item #5 below) must be uploaded to the AY site by January 15th in order to be considered for a Teaching Fellowship or Assistantship for the following academic year (beginning Fall semester). As a general rule, the Department only accepts application for Fall admission.

Note: Fall applicants will be notified of the department's decision by email no later than March 14th. Applicants can also expect a letter mailed to the address listed on your AY application.

Every applicant must meet the requirements set by the Graduate School, for further information click here. Some of the basic requirements are:
An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, based on all undergraduate work. If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, a GPA will be calculated on the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of the undergraduate work for admission consideration.
A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Application fee for domestic students is $55 and $65 for international students. 

In addition, international students are subject to additional application requirements; for further information click here. Some of the basic requirements are:

A minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (550 pBT) or better, or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 or better. (Minimum score requirements are subject to change.)Please have TOEFL results sent to the University of Utah - Office of Admissions, institutional code 4853. 

These are the requirements for the World Languages and Cultures MA and PhD, Language Pedagogy MA (MALP), and World Languages MA (WLMA).

Please fill out the application carefully, review all materials before you submit the application, and remember to track the progress of your applicaiton on the AY site.

Program Options:

Master of Arts:

Doctoral Sutdies

The Department of World Languages and Cultures will not open admissions for the Spanish PhD for the academic year 2017-2018.

Application Details

1. Statement of Intellectual Intent 

All applicants must upload a "Statement of Purpose" wherein they address their academic preparation, their intellectual goals, their critical interest in the area of proposed study, and their reasons for applying to our graduate program. In addition, all applicants should talk about their language experience and ability.

CLCS applicants should address their research interest and language area that corresponds with available faculty member mentorship in the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

Please include your name, the program to which you are applying, and your e-mail in bold typeface at the top left of your document. 

2. Sample of Critical Writing

Upload your writing sample to the AY site. All applicants are required to submit two samples of critical writing.* One must be in English; one must be in the target language (defined as the language you intend to study). Each writing samples should be a minimum of 5-10 pages in length. The two writing samples do not need to consist of similar topics, or be a translation of each other. The samples can be recently written or an example of your work from the past. Please submit writing samples that best display your writing ability in English and your target language.

*CLCS applications are only required to submit one writing sample in English, 5-10 pages in length. It is optional whether an applicant wants to submit an additional writing sample (5-10 pages in length) in a target language.

Put both writing samples in the same document, with an obvious divider page noting the separation between the two. Doing this will ensure that we receive both samples.

3. Three Letters of Recommendation

This Department requires three letters of recommendation from all applicants. Letters of recommendation are requested and received through the AY website. Please do not send letters to the department.

For M.A. and Ph.D. applicants, letters of recommendation should speak to your ability to do advanced literary studies, as well as your abilities/proficiency in the language/literature area(s) in which you propose to do your work. At least two of these letters should be from professors who can speak to your ability as a student of literature. If you have prior teaching experience, you might include one letter from a teaching supervisor, but this is not required.

For M.A.L.P. and WLMA applicants, letters of recommendation should speak to your potential for success in a graduate program, and your abilities/proficiency in the language areas in which you propose to do your work, as well as your teaching abilities/potential. 

4. GRE

The graduate programs in the Department of World Languages and Cultures do not require the GRE.

5. Proof of Language Proficiency

PLEASE NOTE: This is the only part of the application process that is not included on the AY site. AY does not have the ability to upload audio files.

Native speakers of English must submit a compresses audio file, either a .MP3 or .WMA (Windows Media Audio),  with a representative sample of their conversational ability in the target language in which they intend to do graduate work; native speakers of the target language are required to do the same in English. Applicants should speak for about 3 minutes about their interest in the subject they propose to study and their purpose in seeking a graduate degree.  While the candidate should consider in advance what s/he wants to discuss, the sample should demonstrate that s/he is speaking freely rather than reading from a prepared text. Recording(s) must be received by the Department office before the application deadline. An audio file must be submitted via email. Send the audio file to Mackenzie Buie, Academic Coordinator.

CLCS and WLMA applicants are not required to supply a spoken sample unless they are interested in a Teaching Assistantship in a specific language.

WLMA students will also have to demonstrate a specific level of proficiency to obtain licensure.

For further information about licensure requirements, including language proficiency, please consult the WLMA website.

6. Application for Teaching Assistantship

The department offers a generous tuition benefit package to qualified applicants—including tuition remission, health insurance, and a stipend. The College of Humanities sponsors the prestigious Steffensen Cannon Scholarship for one year of fully funded graduate study. The University of Utah Teaching Fellowship for research on a departmental project is available to students in their second year of graduate study.

All students (domestic and international) are eligible and encouraged to apply for a Teaching Assistantship. If you wish to apply for a Teaching Assistantship in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, you must fill out the "Application for Teaching Assistantships / Fellowship for Graduate Students." This application must be sent directly to this Department. Teaching Assistantships are available in CLCS, French, Spanish, Spanish Language Pedagogy, and World Languages for both new and returning MA and PhD students. These positions are awarded for the following academic year (beginning Fall Semester). The department offers half and full tuition benefits that covers graduate coursework up to 12 credit hours, and a stipend for teaching 1 course per semester. Please send the application to Mackenzie Buie, Academic Coordinator.

Students interested in applying for a Teaching Assistantship should be aware of the requirements for participating in the Tuition Benefit Program, please click here for more information.

*Teaching Assistantship positions are only available for students admitted into one of the Department of World Languages and Cultures graduate programs. The department is unable to provide funding to students not admitted into one of our graduate programs. Teaching Assistantship applications will not be accepted unless you are a graduated student applying for a program within the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

If you are admitted to your graduate program, you will then be asked to provide an official copy of your college transcripts, sent directly from each previous school to our office at the address below. The University of Utah accepts electronic transcripts as official from the following agencies only: Docufide by Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, AVOW and Scrip-Safe. Please send electronic transcripts to

Office of Admissions, Graduate Admissions Division
The University of Utah
201 S 1460 E
Room 250 S SSB
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Documents submitted for admission become the property of the University of Utah and cannot be returned. 

Failure to provide final academic credentials will cause a registration hold to be placed on your record which will keep you from further registration until all missing credentials are received.

For more information about the International Graduate Admission Requirements click here.

Last Updated: 5/17/17