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Languages and Cultures

We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in Languages and Cultures. It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be provided directly to the graduate program to which you are applying. Digital versions or copies of documents sent as attachments to emails are preferred (scans, Word, or pdf format); if unavailable, please mail hard copies.

  • Transcripts - Languages and Cultures will accept unofficial transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded through the online application system for review purposes.  You will only need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records at the request of Languages and Cultures or if you are recommended for admission
  • GRE Test - for US citizens or permanent residents
  • English Proficiency
  • Recommendation letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Critical essay writing in English and in the language you wish to pursue a graduate degree
  • Digital MP3 file speaking in English and in the foreign language for which you are applying and which you wish to teach

Application Deadlines: Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below:

Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen December 12 October 1 No Entry
International December 12 October 1 No Entry


Contact Information Send Supporting Documents To:
(In order to expedite the processing of your application, we ask that you submit all supporting documents in one large envelope.)
Web Sites of Interest
Name: Graduate Studies Office
Phone: (765) 494-3841
E-mail: slcgraduate@purdue.edu
Graduate Study Programs
Department of Languages and Cultures
Purdue University
640 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2039
USA

Completing the application: Original transcripts are required in addition to an English translation. Include a copy of your certified diploma and its certified English translation. In addition to mailing the originals, please also email an electronic version to slcgraduate@purdue.edu . You should email us two writing samples, one in English and one in the language (French, German, Japanese, or Spanish) in which you wish to pursue a graduate degree. Your writing samples may be either critical essays and/or term papers which you wrote in partial fulfillment of an undergraduate course. Also, please send a short audio recording (an MP3 digital file; if unavailable, a standard size cassette or CD), which demonstrates both your spoken English and the language in which you are fluent to teach. The digital MP3 may give autobiographical information, describe your reasons for seeking a graduate degree, or be a brief commentary about a favorite work of fiction or a significant current event. In making your MP3 file, please do not read from a prepared script. Use spontaneous speech please.

Current master’s students wishing to move to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will not be required to submit a new application.

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Minimum Score: 600 (160 revised GRE test) verbal desirable

Additional International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Not required
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Not required, but recommended

Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    Required, with a grade point average of 3.5 or equivalent
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Minimum Score: 600 (160 revised GRE test) verbal desirable

Additional International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    Required, with a grade point average of 3.5 or equivalent
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Not required
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers
    Not required, but recommended

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.