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Application Checklist for graduate application in German

Deadline for financial funding consideration is December 20th if you are applying for Fall admission.

1. You must apply electronically at the following website : You will be required to pay an application fee to the Graduate School before your application becomes active with our Department.

2. "Statement of Purpose" , also called "Reasons for Graduate Study" This should be approximately 1-3 pages in length explaining your scholarly interests in Germanic Studies.

3. Two copies of all official transcripts from all institutions attended.

4. GRE scores. Scores should be no older than five years. All applicants should take the GRE exam if they wish to be considered for financial support by the German Dept. International applicants should take the GRE exam if they find themselves exempt from taking the TOEFL.

5. Three letters of recommendation. Please use the following link when having your letters of recommendation submitted to the German Department:

6. Resumé or curriculum vitae. This should include any academic honors, distinctions, teaching experience, and publications you may have.

7. List of any German courses currently in progress at the time of this application.

8. Writing sample in German. This can be a brief sample of something previously written and should be approximately 5-15 pages in length.

Note: Send all materials to the German Department except the application and required fee.

International applicants must also provide the following in addition to the checklist above:

9. Two copies of official documentation of all courses taken and grades received (called transcripts in the U.S.) from each undergraduate or postgraduate institution.

10. Two copies of official certification of degrees and dates granted.

11. Official TOEFL or MELAB scores. Every applicant whose native language is not English is required to present an official TOEFL or MELAB test score prior to admission. Applicants are exempt if: their official language of instruction at the undergraduate level is English; they have completed two full-time semesters of work in a U.S. college/university or American college/university; or if they have degrees from an accredited U.S. college/university or American college/university. Generally, U.S. citizenship does not exclude applicants from being required to take the TOEFL or MELAB; prior higher educational experience is the determining factor. Scores cannot be more than two years old.

12. GRE scores are required f you do not submit TOEFL scores.

13. A10-minute cassette tape with spoken English sample (non-native english speakers only).

Note: Send all materials to the German Department except the application and required fee.

Please contact Mark Mears, the Graduate Coordinator, at or ph: (608)262-4628 if you have any questions about the application process.



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