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How to Apply

In order to apply to our graduate program in Italian, please fill out the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM provided by the Graduate College of the University of Illinois.

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2019.

If you cannot complete the online application, please contact the Graduate Student Services of the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (SLCL) at for assistance or write to Graduate Student Services, 3070 FLB, 707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801.

For your online application, you will need to provide scanned and/or PDF versions of the following documents that you upload into the application form:

  • transcripts (and an English translation where applicable), certificates of degree and/or diplomas from all institutions of higher education that you have attended (junior college, college/university, or graduate school). Please note: upon admission, official final transcripts and certificates of degree and/or diplomas will be needed at time of arrival.
  • a personal statement (1-2 pages, in either English or Italian) detailing your field of interest (see below for more details)
  • and two (2) writing samples (minimum five pages each), in the form of 2 papers (such as term papers or research papers, tesi, etc.), at least 1 of which must be written in Italian.

In addition, you will have to supply:

  • the contact information for three referees who will provide a letter of recommendation, preferably professors familiar with your work. Submission guidelines for these letters are explained in the online application form.
  • a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report IF your native language is English. Please have ETS send your GRE scores to institution code #1836.

Your personal statement should explain the relation between your studies and/or work experience to date and your current interests in Italian, and your reasons for wanting to obtain a graduate degree in Italian from our department.

In the online application form, under “Application Information,” please indicate the kind of financial support for which you would like to be considered. You may rank the options in order of importance, or you may indicate that you have no preference. In the Department of French and Italian, we generally do not admit more students than we can support with assistantships and/or fellowships.

In case you have any questions about the online application form and procedure, please do not hesitate to contact SLCL Graduate Student Services at

Please read carefully in order to be fully considered as an applicant:

For admission consideration, the University of Illinois requires that all applicants whose native language is not English submit a current TOEFL or IELTS score report. Please have ETS send your TOEFL score report to institution code #1836. Applicants who have already taken the IELTS should upload their score report forms directly to the online application.

This requirement may be waived if, within five years of the term of enrollment, you have completed at least two academic years of full-time study or completed a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language of instruction. Minimum score requirements for admission are 79 on the TOEFL iBT, 550 on the TOEFL PBT, or 6.5 total and 6 in all subsections of the IELTS. For more information on English proficiency requirements for admission, please click here.

In order to be considered for a teaching assistantship, the University additionally requires that all applicants who are not native speakers of English provide evidence of a minimum score of 24 on the oral section of the new TOEFL iBT or a minimum score of 8 on the oral section of the IELTS. For more information on English proficiency requirements for teaching assistantships, please click here.

You should be aware that some of the tests mentioned above may be given infrequently and/or only in certain locales. You should therefore register for them as early as possible.