APPLICATION PROCEDURES

For Graduate Studies in Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature

In order to be admitted to the graduate program in Linguistics, you need to meet the admission requirements and need to submit two applications. Please read the instructions below and follow each step.

The first application dossier is submitted to the FAU Office of Graduate Admissions and Studies. You can download application forms and learn more details about graduate studies at the Graduate College website. This dossier must include the following:

  1. Fill out and submit the electronic application to Graduate Admissions.
  2. Submit official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work completed. If you studied at a non-U.S. institution, you can request for your foreign credentials to be evaluated internally or you can use a NACES member company.

A second application dossier must be submitted to the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature (LLCL) for consideration by our departmental admissions committee for acceptance to the specific graduate program (Linguistics). The following items should be submitted to LLCL:

  1. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from university professors who can attest to your academic ability and potential for graduate study.
  2. A "statement of purpose," which is a brief essay (220-440 words) that outlines your interest and goals in pursuing graduate study. This should be written in English.
  3. A "writing sample," preferably a scholarly paper written during your undergraduate career. If you are asking for a graduate teaching assistantship (GTA-ship) in one of the languages offered by LLCL, it is recommended that the sample be written in that language.
  4. A "video clip" that demonstrates your skills in both English and the language of intended GTA-ship (if applicable). For more information on this component, consult the instructions for video clip component.
  5. A copy of the graduate application and a copy of your transcript. (Remember, you must submit these items to Graduate Admissions, too).
  6. Your contact information (phone number and email), so that the Director of Graduate Studies can reach you in a timely manner.

If you intend to study full-time and are interested in applying for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship that provides an annual stipend and tuition remission in exchange for teaching (languages and/or linguistics courses) or assisting in the department, please be sure to indicate this on your application and in your statement of purpose.

Application deadline: LLCL has a policy of "rolling admissions," which means we accept students for Fall and Spring enrollments. We process applications as they come in and do not have a fixed application deadline. It is recommended, however, that students interested in full-time study and teaching assistantships start in Fall and apply as early as possible (ideally, at the end of Fall for admission in the Fall of the following academic year). The teaching assistantships are limited and competitive, and a student stands a better chance of receiving one when applying early. It is further recommended that international students begin the application process as early as possible. In most cases, international students must obtain a student visa, which requires additional paperwork. More information for international students is available at the Graduate College website.

For more information on graduate admissions and to submit your departmental application dossier, please contact:

Dr. Nancy Poulson
Graduate Director, LLCL
Office: Culture & Society Building (CU-97), Room 232K (Boca Raton campus)
Phone: 561-297-3845
Email: npoulson@fau.edu