Application Requirements

We regret to announce that during the 2021 admissions cycle the University of Chicago will not accept applications for the PhD programs in Romance Languages and Literatures (encompassing French and Francophone, Italian, and Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies). As we focus our resources on supporting students during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will implement a one-year pause in bringing new students into the program until Autumn 2022, at which point we envision a robust return to PhD admissions. This was a difficult decision, but we are prioritizing supporting students who have already matriculated in the department. We strongly encourage you to consider applying in the Autumn of 2021 for the Autumn 2022 cohort.  If you have interest in future application to our program, we welcome you to contact the graduate advisors for the individual PhD program that interests you.  For any questions regarding administration procedures, please contact

All applicants to RLL doctoral programs must provide:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts for all previous degrees and coursework
  • Writing sample (15–20 pages) in English or in the Romance Language of your choice; however if you submit an English writing sample, please also include a second, shorter sample of your writing in your intended language of specialization. 
  • Statement of purpose (written in English)
  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be required for applicants for whom English is not a primary language. Information about the English language proficiency requirement is available here, and questions about the English proficiency requirement should be directed to


  • We do not require an undergraduate degree in a Romance language.
  • Although Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are optional, they will be considered if submitted.
  • Our department does not offer a terminal MA degree. If you are interested in an MA program and would like to take classes in our department, please visit the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities.
  • The department does not offer a part-time study option, an online program, or evening classes. 
  • Further details regarding admissions requirements are available from the office of the Humanities Dean of Students.