Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies

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How to Apply

 

Application Requirements in a Nutshell

 

All materials below must be submitted by the application deadline of December 15:

  • The Online Application;
  • A single file uploaded into the Online Application including the following;
    • A brief (1-3 page) statement of purpose, including your interest in either the Comparative Literature or the Folklore Option in the Department of Comparative Literature & Folklore Studies;
    • A 10-15 page writing sample in English
    • A list of your foreign language and literature courses, including course title, number, term and year taken, and number of credits
  • GRE General Test report submitted directly to the Department (University code 1846)
  • Two copies of official transcripts from each institution attended sent directly to the Department
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation on institution letterhead either submitted through the online application or mailed in hard copy directly to the Department
  • For students whose native language is not English, TOEFL or MELAB Test scores submitted to the Graduate School (University code 1846)

 

All application materials (except the application fee) should be sent to the Department (or included in the online application as specified above). Please do not send the items requested above to the Graduate School as they will not be forwarded to the Department.

 

Graduate Admissions Committee

Department of Comparative Literature & Folklore Studies

2402 Sterling Hall

475 N. Charter St

Madison, WI 53706 

 

Further Description of Application Requirements

 

Application Deadline

  • To be considered for university fellowships and other financial aid, completed applications must be received by December 15.
  • Spring admissions are rare; please plan to apply for the fall
  • Please note that the admissions form serves as an application for fellowships and teaching assistantships

 

Application Form (on line)

  • With the application form, you must include, all as one file, the following documents
    • A brief (1-3 pages) statement of purpose for wanting to pursue the either the Comparative Literature or the Folklore Option in the Department of Comparative Literature & Folklore Studies
    • A 10-15 page writing sample in English
    • A list of your foreign language and literature courses, indicating the course title and number, the term and year you took it, and the number of credit hours
  • If you have trouble uploading the documents, you can email them to diane.bollant@wisc.edu

 

GRE Requirement

  • The GRE General Test is required for all applicants. An official report must be sent to the Department of Comparative Literature & Folklore Studies (University Code: 1846)
  • Please make sure you take the GRE in time for your scores to reach the Department by the application deadline of December 15
  • We do not require subject tests

 

Transcripts

  • Applicants should upload transcripts with their application.   If you are accepted, please send 1 official transcript directly to the Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies from each institution attended
  • International academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Documents must be issued by the school with the official seal/stamp and official signatures

 

Recommendations

  • Three confidential letters of recommendation may be submitted either electronically, or in hard copy mailed directly to the Department of Comparative Literature & Folklore Studies.
  • Please have your recommenders send their letter on institutional letterhead

 

Language Training

  • Incoming students in Comparative Literature & Folklore Studies are expected to be able to read and comprehend with ease literary texts in English and at least one additional language.
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, TOEFL or MELAB Tests are required; an official report must be sent directly to the Graduate School (University Code: 1846). The Graduate School minimum TOEFL Score is 580.