Dear Prospective Student,


Thank you for the interest you have expressed in graduate study in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. You will find a broad range of specializations among our faculty, whose strengths reflect both traditional and new approaches in our field. The research interests of our faculty are varied and cover a wide range of East Asian subjects. Please take a moment to look at our website, where you will learn more about our department, including our graduate programs and application requirements. If you have any questions regarding the academic content of our programs, please contact the Director of Graduate Study, Professor Makoto Hayashi.




Admission to the graduate program is handled jointly by the Department, Graduate College, and the SLCL Graduate Student Services office. Applications are accepted for fall admission only.


The University of Illinois has a web-based application. If you go to the Graduate College’s application website, you will see links to information for applicants, application instructions, and the link to the application itself. Please complete the online application form for the Fall 2013 term. The online application will accept uploads of the following required application materials—please do not send them to the department.


For those applying to the PhD, please include a detailed description of the research project you plan to pursue in our graduate program.


Not required, but greatly appreciated.


Provide scanned copies of your transcripts (a complete list of all the courses you’ve taken and the grades you received) and any certificates of degree completion or diplomas for all post-secondary schools attended (undergraduate and graduate programs). English translations should be provided when applicable, preferably from the school attended. We will accept translations done by the applicant. They should follow the same format as the original document. Official documents (original or “attested” copies) will be required if you are admitted.


About 10 pages of written work


We require three (3) letters of reference, preferably from professors familiar with your work. When you fill out the online application, you will include email addresses for all of your references. They will automatically receive emails from Apply Yourself with instructions on how to upload their letters of reference to your online application. If they don’t receive this email or have trouble uploading their letters, they should contact SLCL Grad Student Services.


The information you submit online, as well as the application fee ($70 for domestic applicants, $90 for international), goes directly to the Graduate College Admissions Office. The online application materials will then be made available to the SLCL Graduate Student Services office, which will prepare your application file for the Department’s admission committee to review.


Also Required


The GRE is required, however there is no minimum score. It must have been taken no more than 5 years prior to the start of your first semester at UIUC. Applicants should have their scores sent by ETS to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, institution code #1836, dept. 0000. (We do not use department codes here, but ETS will ask for one.)


All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a TOEFL iBT or Academic IELTS score report. The test must have been taken no more than 2 years prior to the start of your first semester at UIUC. Minimum score requirements for admission to EALC are 103 total on the TOEFL iBT or 7 total on the IELTS to be eligible for admission with full-standing.  


This requirement may be waived if you have completed at least 2 academic years of full-time study – or have completed a graduate degree – at an English-language university in an English-speaking country no more than 5 years prior to your first semester at UIUC. The requirement may also be waived if you were raised in and/or went to school in one of the countries on this list.


These waivers are for admission purposes onlyand do not provide an exemption from the English proficiency requirement for international teaching assistants.


In order to hold a teaching assistantship (our most widely available source of financial aid), all applicants whose native language is not English must pass the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT with a minimum score of 24, or the speaking section of the IELTS with a minimum score of 8, or pass the Test of Spoken English (TSE) with a minimum score of 50.


This requirement is not waived like the admissions requirement above, and no teaching assistantship will be awarded prior to passing one of these exams.


We would appreciate receiving your official score report by the application deadline or shortly thereafter, so please arrange to take any of these tests as early as possible in the application process. Have ETS send the TOEFL iBT or TSE score report to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, institution code #1836, dept. #00. If you took the IELTS, please upload the score report to your online application.





In order to receive full consideration for all possible sources of financial aid, your application must be complete (with all of the above materials in place) no later than January 1, 2013. All admitted applicants are considered for financial aid based on their application materials and available funds. Financial aid may be awarded in the form of fellowships, assistantships, or a combination of the two.


The University of Illinois has many opportunities for funding beyond those provided by the department. The Graduate College’s financial assistance web page has more detail about the sources of funding available to graduate students. There is a fellowship database that lists fellowship funding potentially available to you. Graduate students studying East Asian languages may want to look at the fellowships available through the FLAS Fellowships program.


If you have any further questions about the application process, please feel free to contact SLCL Graduate Student Services.


We look forward to receiving your application for fall 2013!




Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

707 South Mathews Avenue, Room 2090 FLB

Urbana, IL  61801