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Students who wish to be considered for a teaching assistant position must apply by January 15, 2019, for the Fall 2019 semester. All other applications for Fall 2019 are due by April 15, 2019.

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All candidates for the PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations must fulfill the general requirements of the Graduate College concerning admission and residence.

GRE requirements: Students applying for admission to the East Asian Languages and Civilizations PhD program must submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE scores give the committee a better understanding of an applicant’s abilities. There is no specific GRE score requirement for applicants who have taken or plan to take the exam.

GPA requirements: Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.30 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.30 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

Degree requirements: Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants to the Chinese concentration should have completed at least three years of modern Chinese and one year of classical Chinese. Applicants to the Japanese concentration should have completed at least three years of modern Japanese and one semester of classical Japanese.

Proof of English proficiency (International students only):

  • If you are from a country whose native language is not English (regardless of where you may now reside), you must provide proof of English proficiency. For more information including additional requirements for international students, visit the ASU Graduate Admission Services website.

  • Applicants to Non-Certification Masters, Graduate Certificates, and Doctoral Programs must meet the English Proficiency score established by ASU Graduate Education.

Teaching/Research Assistant Positions: Students who wish to apply for a Teaching Assistant or Associate position should also submit the following items:

  • Application for SILC Teaching or Research Assistantship

  • Recorded speech sample, approximately four minutes in length, in Chinese, on a topic of the applicant’s choosing. (Applicants are asked to please not read the message. This is to help the committee evaluate the level of proficiency, and the message should realistically reflect the applicant's spoken Chinese.) Recordings should be emailed to SILC@asu.edu.

Items needed to apply: All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee

  2. official transcripts

  3. writing sample: The writing sample should represent the applicant's thinking as well as writing skills in English (on a topic connected with Chinese literature, language, thoughts, religion, or culture in general, no more than 15 pages).

  4. personal statement: The personal statement should address the applicant’s educational background, plan for his/her PhD research, and educational and career goals.

  5. Resumé or curriculum vitae

  6. GRE scores

  7. three letters of recommendation (At least two letters of recommendation should be academic recommendations)

  8. proof of English proficiency

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All candidates for the PhD in International Letters and Cultures must fulfill the general requirements of the Graduate College concerning admission and residence.

Applicants are eligible to apply if they earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in the humanities or social sciences, from a regionally accredited institution.

Advanced competency in English and the language of primary emphasis for dissertation is required. Students must also have competency in a third language upon application to the program, or acquired during.

Students whose B.A. is not in foreign language must demonstrate proficiency with a writing sample in the language of primary emphasis (and of secondary emphasis if applicable), unless the languages are ancient. An instructor’s letter addressing their competency is required.

GRE requirements: Not required.

GPA requirements: Applicants must have a minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree, or a minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") from an applicable master's degree.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee

  2. official transcripts

  3. writing sample(s)

    1. 10-15 pages in English highlighting critical skills and writing ability, on a topic connected with the primary language or culture the student has chosen (at the discretion of the admissions committee, a writing sample in the language of primary emphasis may also be requested).

  4. personal statement (in English)

    1. Summarize the applicant’s educational and/or professional background and goals. The applicant must indicate the languages of primary and secondary focus. Applicants should indicate how the plan fits PhD. description and goals, and why the plan does not fit other degree programs.

  5. resume or curriculum vitae

  6. three letters of recommendation

    1. At least 2 letters should be from a tenured or tenure-track faculty member

    2. If a Teaching Assistantship (TA) application is submitted, then at least one of the letters must discuss the applicant's teaching abilities. Applicants may apply for a TA position in Spanish, Chinese, French, and German. Other languages may be approved on a case by case basis.

  7. proposed plan of study

    1. Briefly explain the topic(s) the student proposes to study based on SILC’s current course offerings and faculty areas of interest.

  8. proof of English proficiency

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The deadline for applications is January 15, 2018.

Items needed to apply:
All applicants must submit:(21 hours)

  • graduate admission application and application fee
  • official transcripts
  • writing sample. Writing sample should be a term paper or chapter of the master’s thesis
  • personal statement (in English)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • three letters of recommendation


For candidates interested in obtaining a Teaching Assistantship, the letters of recommendation should also address his/her ability (potential or demonstrated) to conduct a university-level language course. If the authors of the academic letters are unfamiliar with a candidate’s teaching ability, a separate letter should be included in the application package

proof of English proficiency

GRE requirements: Not required

SPA 792 Research

GPA requirements: Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.75 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.75 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

Degree requirements: Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in Spanish or equivalent, from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants from other academic backgrounds with relevant coursework in Spanish language and cultural studies may also be evaluated by the admissions committee.

Proof of English proficiency (International students only): 

If you are from a country whose native language is not English (regardless of where you may now reside), you must provide proof of English proficiency. For more information including additional requirements for international students, visit the ASU Graduate Admission Services website.

Applicants to Non-Certification Masters, Graduate Certificates, and Doctoral Programs must meet the English Proficiency score established by ASU Graduate Education.

Teaching/Research Assistant Positions: Students who wish to apply for a Teaching Assistant or Associate position should also submit the following items:

Application for SILC Teaching or Research Assistantship

Spanish Language Proficiency Form

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Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in Chinese or a related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. personal statement
  4. writing sample
  5. resume
  6. three letters of recommendation
  7. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

The writing sample should represent the applicant's thinking and writing skills on a topic connected with Chinese culture.

Candidates for the master's degree should present the equivalent of an undergraduate major in Chinese upon entrance to the program.Those who lack this background but who show strong potential and meet the Graduate College admission requirements, including those with regard to English proficiency, may be admitted to a graduate program on a provisional basis, pending removal of specified deficiencies. These deficiencies must be completed in addition to the regular plan of study for the master's degree.

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Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in Japanese or a related field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00="A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00="A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. personal statement
  4. resume
  5. writing sample
  6. three letters of recommendation
  7. proof of English proficiency

Teaching/Research Assistant Positions: Students who wish to apply for a Teaching Assistant or Associate position should also submit the following items:

  • Application for SILC Teaching or Research Assistantship

  • Recorded speech sample, approximately four minutes in length, in Japanese, on a topic of the applicant’s choosing. (Applicants are asked to please not read the message. This is to help the committee evaluate the level of proficiency, and the message should realistically reflect the applicant's spoken Japanese.) Recordings should be emailed to SILC@asu.edu.

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

The writing sample should represent the applicant's thinking and writing skills on a topic connected with Japanese culture. The personal statement should highlight the applicant's motivations and skills and indicate why they are interested in the Japanese graduate program. Candidates for the program should present the equivalent of an undergraduate major in Japanese upon entrance to the program. Those who lack this background but who show strong potential and meet the Graduate College admission requirements may be admitted to a graduate program on a conditional basis, pending removal of specified deficiencies. These deficiencies must be completed in addition to the regular plan of study for the master's degree.

Students should see the School of International Letters and Cultures website for more information.

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Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in French from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. personal statement
  4. writing sample
  5. three letters of recommendation
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

The writing sample should represent the applicant's thinking as well as writing skills, and it should be written in French on a topic connected with the language or French culture. The writing sample should be approximately five to 10 pages in length.

Those who lack the appropriate background but who show strong potential and meet the Graduate College admission requirements may be admitted to a graduate program on a provisional basis, pending removal of specified deficiencies. These deficiencies must be completed in addition to the regular program of study for the master's degree.

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Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in French from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. personal statement
  4. writing sample
  5. three letters of recommendation
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Those who lack the appropriate background but who show strong potential and meet the Graduate College admission requirements may be admitted to a graduate program on a provisional basis, pending removal of specified deficiencies. These deficiencies must be completed in addition to the regular program of study for the master's degree.

The writing sample should represent the applicant's thinking as well as their writing skills, and it should be written in French on a topic connected with the language or French culture; it should be approximately five to 10 pages in length.

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Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in French from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. personal statement
  4. writing sample
  5. three letters of recommendation
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Those who lack the appropriate background but who show strong potential and meet the Graduate College admission requirements may be admitted to a graduate program on a provisional basis, pending removal of specified deficiencies. These deficiencies must be completed in addition to the regular program of study for the master's degree.

The writing sample should represent the applicant's thinking as well as their writing skills, and it should be written in French on a topic connected with the language or French culture; it should be approximately five to 10 pages in length.

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Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in German, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. personal statement
  4. resume or curriculum vitae
  5. writing sample
  6. three letters of recommendation
  7. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Those who lack this background but who show strong potential and meet the Graduate College admission requirements may be admitted to a graduate program on a provisional basis, pending removal of specified deficiencies. These deficiencies must be completed in addition to the regular program of study for the master's degree.

The writing sample should represent the applicant's thinking as well as their writing skills, and it should be written in German on a topic connected with the language or German culture.

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Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in Spanish from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. personal statement
  4. resume or curriculum vitae
  5. writing sample
  6. three letters of recommendation
  7. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Applicants should provide an academic writing sample such as an academic term paper, critical paper or research paper approximately 10 to 25 pages, prepared in an upper-division or graduate Spanish course.

Applicants should provide a personal statement that is no more than two pages, summarizing past educational experiences and goals in pursuing a graduate degree.

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All applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned from a regionally accredited institution a bachelor's or master's degree with a major or minor in foreign language study, English, or English education.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. personal statement
  4. resume or curriculum vitae
  5. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Students may apply for admission to the certificate program once they have been accepted into a graduate degree program in the School of International Letters and Cultures or other school or department at ASU.

Applicants must have an undergraduate major in the language they will teach or be native speakers of the language they will teach, or they must have a minor or ASU minor equivalency as determined by SILC policies (18 upper-division credit hours, including at least three credit hours from the 400 level in their undergraduate program). Current graduate student applicants who do not meet the language requirements must be enrolled in a foreign language graduate program, the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program, an applied linguistics graduate program, or a closely related field (determined by the directors). A teaching certification is not required as this certificate program is open to graduate students with an interest in computer-assisted language learning and who meet the admission requirements.

Applicants must have completed an introduction to linguistics or applied linguistics course at the time of application (to be verified by the certificate directors). The course does not count toward the 15 credit hours required for the certificate.

Applicants must complete a language teaching methods course (to be verified by the certificate directors.) This course also may be taken at ASU prior to completion of the certificate program. The course does not count toward the 15 credit hours required for the certificate.

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Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. writing sample
  4. personal statement
  5. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

The personal statement should be no more than two pages and should summarize past educational experiences and goals in pursuing a graduate certificate.

Applicants should have knowledge of a language other than English, a minimum of six semesters of a second language, or the equivalent (for example, advanced placement in high school). Applicants who have passed a language proficiency exam achieving an advanced level in the target language may also apply.

As a prerequisite for taking SLC 551 Global Approaches to Translation (3), all students must attain an advanced level in reading and writing (equivalent of advanced American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages requirements, approximately equivalent to six semesters of undergraduate study) as measured by a written exam in the target language (i.e., French, German, Italian, Spanish). Students should see ACTFL guidelines.

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