Master of Arts (M.A.) program – An applicant should normally have completed an undergraduate major in a Romance Language and Literature or the equivalent thereof (licence, laurea, licenciatura, etc.). You should select the Online Application for French, Italian, Spanish, or Romance Languages. If Romance Languages is chosen as the major, studies will combine two of the three languages. Students with a degree in another discipline may apply, provided they have a good knowledge of at least one Romance language and are familiar with one Romance literature.
Doctorate Ph.D. program – An Applicant should have completed a Master of Arts degree in a Romance Language and Literature or the equivalent thereof. Students are encouraged to have, at least, a reading knowledge of a second Romance language upon entering the Ph.D. program.
An Applicant must apply to both the Graduate School and the Department of Romance Languages. The following online application is for both Admission to the Graduate School and the Department of Romance Languages. January 6, 2013 is the due date to receive completed applications for priority consideration. New students are normally offered admission to the program beginning in the fall term.
Graduate School Application
To be a graduate student at the University of Oregon, you must apply to the Graduate School. The online application requires payment of the $50 application fee using Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or personal check (e-check).
Romance Languages Departmental Application
The online application will allow you to submit the following required materials:
1. Departmental Application.
2. Statement of Purpose - upload a document. All applicants must submit a 750-word statement of purpose describing their academic experience, their reasons for wanting to do graduate work in the Department of Romance Languages, and their eventual career goals. Students applying to the Ph.D. program must also specify their research interests.
3. Three Recommenders contact information for professors with whom you have worked and which make direct reference to your aptitude for graduate courses in literary and cultural studies, as well as your language competence. One recommender may refer to your potential teaching ability. They will respond electronically and can upload a letter of recommendation directly to the Graduate School.
4. Official Transcripts - upload.
5. TOEFL / IELTS test date and self reported score. International students must demonstrate proficiency in English. See Additional Important Information below for an explanation.
6. Writing Sample if applying to the Ph.D. program. The substantial writing sample may be an M.A. thesis, a graduate seminar paper, or an undergraduate research paper on a relevant topic.
In addition to the online graduate application:
1. You must mail all official transcripts as stated below to both the Department of Romance Languages and the Office of Admissions at the following addresses:
University of Oregon, Department of Romance Languages, 1233 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1233
University of Oregon, Office of Admissions, 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1217
• Official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you received a bachelor’s degree and all subsequent degrees. Transcripts must show degrees awarded. If you have not yet finished the degree at the time of application, please send the most up-to-date transcripts available.
• International students must include official transcripts with certified English translations of all college or university work done. International students can check for degree credentials on the Graduate School website.
2. Submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores- please see the section below regarding English Proficiency for International Students.
USA Visa for International Students
International students need a U.S. student visa to enter the United States. The UO must process an I-20 form for the student to be able to request a visa from a U.S. consulate. All necessary application requirements must be met before the I-20, student visa process for your entry to the U.S. can be initiated. Due to recent changes in VISA processing, international students are encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible. The VISA process now includes coordination of two government agencies as well as the University of Oregon. The University has no time-line for the completion of the process. See the Office of International Affairs website for complete information on the USA visa process.
English Proficiency for International Students
International students must demonstrate proficiency in English to the Graduate School and the Department by one of the following three methods:
1. Submit an acceptable score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination, currently offered in paper-based (written) or internet-based formats. A minimum score of 575 on the paper-based test or 88 on the internet-based test is required. Please see specific Graduate Program Admissions Information.
2. Submit an acceptable score from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination. The minimum IELTS (academic module) overall band score for graduate admission is 7.0.
3. Submit degree transcripts proving that you have received a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.
You can get more information on these tests in their respective websites: TOEFL and IELTS.
Applying for a Graduate Teaching Fellowship (GTF)
The Department offers Graduate Teaching Fellowships. Graduate Teaching Fellows receive a minimum annual stipend (9 months) of approximately $11,000, depending on the candidate's academic status. Principal tuition charges are waived. A Graduate Teaching fellow is responsible for teaching one beginning language section four or five hours per week under the direction of a faculty supervisor.
To be considered for a GTF, you must indicate your intention in the online application.
Consistent with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of Oregon is to inform applicants of the University’s annual report on campus safety and security programs. You can obtain a copy of the report by contacting the University of Oregon Department of Public Safety at 541-346-5444 or by accessing the following website:http://safetyweb.uoregon.edu/node/11