Application Procedures

For Graduate Studies in Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature

In order to be admitted to the graduate program in French, Linguistics, Spanish or Comparative Literature, you must submit two applications. Please read the instructions below and follow each step.

    1. 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 here. This dossier must include the following: 

      1. Fill out and submit the electronic application to Graduate Admissions.

      2. Submit an official transcript 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.

    2. A second application dossier must be submitted to the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature for consideration by our departmental admissions committee for acceptance to the specific graduate program (e.g., French, Spanish, etc.). The following items should be delivered to the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature, CU 232, Boca Raton campus, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. For more information on specific programs, visit our website's individual program pages.

      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 planning to study in one of the languages, it is recommended that the sample be written in that language.

      4. A "video clip" that demonstrates your skills in both English and language of intended study. For more information on this component, visit

      5. A copy of the graduate application and a copy of your transcript. (Remember, you must submit these items to Graduate Admissions too.)

      6. Contact information (phone number and email) so that the Director of Graduate Studies can reach you in a timely manner.

There are a limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships available for full-time students. These awards provide an annual stipend and tuition remission in exchange for teaching or assisting in the department. If you are interested in applying for this financial support, please be sure to indicate this on your application and in your statement of purpose.

 The Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature has a policy of "rolling admissions," which means we accept students for Fall, Summer and Spring enrollments. It is recommended, however, that students interest in full-time study and teaching assistantships apply as early as possible. The teaching assistantships are competitive, and a student stands a better chance of receiving one when applying early.

 It is recommended that international students begin this process as early as possible. In most cases, international students must obtain a student visa, which requires additional paperwork.

More information for international students