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Applying to the Graduate Program: International Applicants

The Department of Germanics welcomes international applicants to our Graduate program. Please carefully read through the information provided below before you begin the application process. An international student is anyone who IS NOT a U.S. citizen and does not hold a U.S. Permanent Resident Visa (i.e., "Green Card or Immigrant") as well as students who hold U.S. visas, such as F-1 students, exchange visitors, or any other non-immigrant classifications.

Preparing to Apply

The Department strongly encourages prospective applicants to carefully research and examine the guidelines for graduate admission, before beginning the process of applying. If you have questions regarding basic Graduate School admission policies, please contact the Graduate School Program Coordinator. If you have department-related questions please email our graduate program assistant at uwgerman@u.washington.edu.

Visit the Graduate Admission Information site for valuable information regarding how the University of Washington handles graduate applications and for on-line application procedures. Further details outlining the conditions of appointment for International TAs are described in the Graduate School Memorandum No. 15.

Meeting Requirements

Prospective applicants should meet the following requirements:

  1. The equivalent of a 4 year U.S. Bachelor's degree is required. This is based on the following criteria: the country's national system of education, type of institution attended, field of study, and level of studies completed.
  2. The University of Washington requires official certification of adequate financial support from each international applicant (for cost of living beyond expenses covered by UW.) For more details, click here.
  3. All students for whom English is a second language must meet the Graduate School requirements (TOEFL) for the admission of international students. We strongly recommend students sign up for this exam as early as possible in October, preceding the application deadline.

Testing

The following tests are required for all international applicants: (Please see Graduate School Memorandum No. 8 and No.15  for detailed descriptions.)

  1. GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Results must be submitted electronically using the UW code: 4854.
  2. TOEFL (The Test of English as a Foreign Language) A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to the University of Washington Graduate School. Test scores must be less than two years old from the test date. No waivers accepted.
  3. International Teaching Assistants whose native language is other than English must achieve a score of at least 26 on the speaking portion of the TOEFLiBT before they can assume classroom duties. Students scoring between 23-25 will be required to pass an appeal interview prior to being assigned teaching duties.

Applying

When you have read through the preliminary material and determined yourself eligible for admittance to the UW Graduate School and the Department of Germanics graduate program, you should then begin the actual application procedure. 

UW Graduate School Application

Complete online application: https://www.grad.washington.edu/application

PLEASE NOTE: International Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to comply with U.S. immigration regulations. The UW Graduate School recommends submission of application materials by November 1st.

Department of Germanics Application

Prepare the following documents:

  1. A signed copy of the UW Graduate School online application
  2. A complete set of official transcripts (certified and translated as applicable)
  3. Three letters of recommendation  (These can now be requested and submitted online. We do not provide forms for the recommendations. If submitted on hard copy, letters must be confidential and on official letterhead. Recommendation letters can be in German or English)
  4. A statement of purpose describing your background, training and degree objectives. An optional personal statement may also be submitted. This gives an opportunity to let the admissions committee know about any educational, cultural or economic disadvantages you may have experienced.
  5. A writing sample (Those applying for an MA should submit an 8-10 pp. paper; Ph.D. applicants, a 10-25 pp. critical paper or part of a thesis paper. Papers can be in German or English.)
  6. Teaching Assistantship Application

Send your complete application to the following address:
Department of Germanics
attn: GPA
Department of Germanics
University of Washington
360 Denny Hall, Box 353130
Seattle, WA 98195-3130

PLEASE NOTE: All application materials should be received by January 15th.

Notification

Applicants can expect to be notified that they have received a Fellowship or Teaching Assistantship by April 15th. The official letters of acceptance (sent by the Graduate School) arrive in May. If you have not heard from the Graduate School by July 1st, please contact the Germanics Department. In recent years the student visa application process has become very complicated. The visa application will not be sent until all application materials have been received by Graduate Admissions, so students are strongly encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible. Once the student has received the visa application forms, they are required to schedule an interview at the U.S. embassy. Again, with long delays anticipated, it is best to apply as early as possible. The student visas dictate the student may not enter the U.S. more than two weeks before the start date of the University of Washington graduate student orientation (Sept. 15) so do not book travel prior to Sept. 1.

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