Graduate Admissions

EALC Application Info

Requirements for Admission

*The application deadline for Fall 2021 admission to the EALC graduate program is January 4, 2021 11:00PM CDT; applications must be complete by that date.

***ATTENTION: Tentative Policy on GRE and English Proficiency during the Pandemic:

For the 2020-2021 application season, the EALC Department is not requiring the GRE general test, and such scores will not be considered by the readers of applications in their deliberations. Select applicants will get further notice on how their English proficiency will be tested. Please also find more information regarding UIUC's new policy concerning Covid-19 English Proficiency Requirement Updates at UIUC Graduate College's website.

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Click here to apply to the Graduate College at Illinois. You will be asked to select a citizenship category and directed to the appropriate instructions, supplemental application forms, fees, and application.

* If you have further questions about admissions to the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies:

   Professor SHAO Dan
   Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
   707 S. Mathews, 2090 FLB
   Urbana, IL 61801


* For questions about application procedures, please contact Lynn Stanke at Graduate Services.

   Lynn Stanke
   Graduate Student Services Office 
   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
   707 S. Mathews, Rm. 3070 
   Urbana, IL 61801
   Phone: 217-333-6269 

Applicants to the graduate program must submit a completed application for admission, including three letters of reference from faculty members, advisers, or recent employers; Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical); and full transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed. Applicants are expected to have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.3 (A=4.0) or the equivalent for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework and any graduate work previously completed. Applicants are expected to have a strong background in at least one East Asian language; normally, this means a minimum two years of formal study. Students whose native language is not English must score 103 or above on the TOEFL iBT to be eligible for admission with full-graduate standing.

Note: Financial aid awards are contingent upon passing an approved test of spoken English. For details on approved tests and minimum acceptable scores, visit the web site of the Center for Teaching Excellence Foreign students should take an appropriate test at the earliest possible date, ideally before applying to the Program. Doing so will expedite acceptance and financial aid decisions and speed up the visa application process. Note that applications and test scores may be submitted separately.

Please note: The application deadline for full consideration is January 4, 2021 for Fall admission. (East Asian Languages and Cultures does not accept Spring admissions.)