Apply to the Graduate Program

Application materials are due January 15 (for all applicants, both international and US). Offers of admission are usually made by mid March.

We have switched to an online application system. The new application and directions for submission are available at the following Graduate School website: https://www.grad.washington.edu/applForAdmiss/

You will be asked to submit the following materials online:

  • Online Graduate School Application for Admission with application fee
  • One or two-page essay describing academic background and career goals
  • Three letters of recommendation referring to competence in projected fields of study
  • Critical writing sample in English (10-15 pages)
  • Language questionnaire (PDF)
  • Assistantship and Fellowship Application (if applicable)
  • GRE (general test) scores
  • TOEFLiBT or IELTS score (for international applicants).  If you are interested in a Teaching Assistantship, spoken English proficiency MUST be met with a score of at least:  7.0 on the speaking portion of IELTS  OR  26 on the peaking portion of TOEFLiBT

You will be asked to submit the following directly to the Department:

Please mail to:
Department of Comparative Literature
Box 354338
University of Washington
USA
ATTN: Graduate Program Advisor

  • Official university transcript from each school attended
  • supplemental materials for language Teaching Assistantships (if applicable)

For the online application go to Graduate Admissions at the University of Washington

Frequently Asked Questions

Besides TAships offered through the Comparative Literature Department, fellowships offered through the Jackson School of International Studies may be an excellent source of funding your studies. More information is available at the following website: http://jsis.washington.edu/advise/flas/

For further information please contact:

Department of Comparative Literature, Box 354338 University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195-4338

Telephone: (206) 543-7542 Fax: (206) 685-2017 email: clitgrad@u.washington.edu