The 2015 application deadline is December 18.
The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers Ph.D. programs in French, Italian, and Spanish. We encourage applications from students who wish to pursue the study of more than one Romance language and literature.
Application - What You Need
- Academic Statement of Purpose (500 words)*
- Personal Statement (500 words)*
- Three Letters of Recommendation (online - do not mail)
- Sample of Written Work in Spanish, French, or Italian
- All Transcripts and Diplomas (electronic for application; official if admitted)*
- TOEFL or MELAB Scores (required for non-native speakers)*
- Application Fee ($75 Domestic and $90 International)
*Further information can be found below in Frequently Asked Questions
Degrees and Transcripts
Do I need to send official paper copies of degrees and transcripts?
When you apply: no, you only need to upload electronic versions to your application.
If you are accepted: yes, official copies are be required by the Rackham Graduate School. Please read HERE for detailed instructions regarding how to submit transcripts.
The Rackham Graduate School Application says that official degrees and transcripts are required. Are you sure I do not need to mail them?
While the Graduate School requests these items at the time of application and it is recommended for students who attended U.S. institutions, we can still review your application without the official paper copies and translations of your degrees and transcripts. Only an electronic copy in your application is required since this can be a costly and complicated process for international students. Please disregard the requirement that official paper copies be mailed and if you are admitted and choose to attend Michigan only then will we require official documents and English translations.
Do I still need to send official documents if I attended a foreign university?
Yes, if you are admitted. We understand that many foreign universities do not provide transcripts and if you are admitted we will help you determine what documentation is needed.
How is the academic statement different from the personal statement?
Academic statement: includes your academic experience to date, reasons for wanting to do graduate work at the University of Michigan, and your eventual career expectations.
Personal statement: describes how your background and life experiences motivated you to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan.
What tips do you have for crafting a strong academic statement?
- A coherent idea for a project (or possible projects) that both identifies a body of materials you will work on and a conceptual approach that will inform your research.
- The ability to raise interesting questions about a topic.
- A clear sense of the difference between analysis and descriptive work and some feeling for the proper role each might play in the context of your project.
- Some anticipation that your project will change through your graduate education and flexibility regarding those changes.
- Your background and personal trajectory that led you toward making a life commitment to kinds of work specific to academe.
- Awareness of faculty interests and expertise that explain your "fit" within our department.
- Explanation of any parts of your dossier that would benefit from being placed in context.
Can I combine my statements into one?
Yes, as long as you address both the academic and personal and you adhere to a 1,000 word limit.
Is the GRE required?
No, but you may submit scores if you desire. Our institution code is 1839
Are there any exceptions for the TOEFL?
If you received a degree from an English-speaking institution, you do not need to submit a TOEFL score. Scores are accepted for up to two years after completing an exam. Click HERE for further information regarding the TOEFL and language assessment.
You may also reach the Graduate Assistant on Skype at michigan.rll.