Learn About the Application Process
Applicants must elect a Language Pair which should be English paired with Chinese, Russian OR Spanish, and specify either language as A (the dominant language) and B, as the lesser. Upon application, an interview will be conducted with a faculty member for the purpose of language proficiency verification.
- Language A normally means you have had 10 years or more of early education (PK-12 grade) in the language as the medium of instruction; OR that you can demonstrate proficiency at Level 3+ or higher on IRL scale, corresponding to “Superior” on the ACTFL scale, or the equivalent*.
- Language B should be a language that you have actively used and/or studied continuously for 6 years or more including a minimum of 2 years at tertiary level; OR that you can demonstrate proficiency at Level 2+ or higher on the ILR scale, corresponding to “Advanced High” on the SCTFL scale, or the equivalent*.
- Applicants who have been raised and educated bilingually may not easily distinguish between Language A and B. In such a case, you may declare either language at ‘A’ or ‘B’ provisionally and clarify during your interview.
*The recommended online testing agency is the ACTFL LTI. In most cases, self-identification and verification by a faculty member at interview will suffice.
Language Proficiency Interview
The applicant will be contacted to attend an interview (in-person, or via phone or video conferencing) which will be conducted in both Language A and B with a faculty member who will further evaluate the applicant’s proficiency in both languages.
Required Documents for Application
- All undergraduate transcripts
- A personal statement in English (declare Language A & B)
- Two letters of recommendation (those with industry experience should submit one academic and one professional)
- For students who completed their bachelor’s degree in a language other than English, submit your TOEFL IBT or CBT score. (The School of Arts and Science requires a minimum 80/213 for graduate studies.)
There is no deadline. The program accepts students on a rolling admissions basis which means you may start in the Fall (September) or Spring (January) semester, whichever is the next upcoming term nearest to the time you receive notice of official acceptance.
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How to Apply
Go to Apply Yourself and set up an account. Here you will fill out the basic questions and upload your transcripts, personal statement and two letters of recommendation.