Apply to the Comparative Literature Graduate Program

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Deadlines for Fall 2014 entry

Deadlines for applications are for fall semester entry.
Spring and summer entry applications are not accepted.

International Applicants * The application is due December 1, 2013.
Domestic Applicants * Primary deadline is January 15, 2014. Students applying by this deadline will receive priority for financial support.
   * Secondary deadline is March 15, 2014. For applicants not seeking financial support from the program.

 

Application Materials

All applicants must submit the following

ItemInstructionsHow to submit
Online applicationPlease visit this page for information on the online application and more.Click here to link to the online application.
Personal StatementThe personal statement should address the applicant's academic plans, course of study, and academic preparation. The admissions committee discourages statements that are personal rather than academic. MA students must outline the languages and national literatures they will study. PhD students must outline their languages and national literatures and should identify which CLGP Faculty members they wish to study with, particularly those members who might adivse their dissertations. The sample should use 1.5 spacing.Prepare your Personal Statement as a .doc or .pdf file, and upload it with your online application.
Writing SampleSubmit one writing sample in English that illustrates your skill in analyzing and interpreting literary texts or other relevant materials (for example, art works or philosophical writings). MA applicants should submit a paper that is at least 10 pages long. PhD applicants should submit 15-20 pages. The writing sample must not exceed 20 pages, excluding bibliography. Excerpts from longer works are permissible but must not exceed 20 pages. The sample should use 1.5 spacing.Prepare your Writing Sample as a .doc or .pdf file, and upload it with your online application.
CU Comp Lit ApplicationThe CU Comp Lit Application contains the Language Preparation Statement and the Application for Teaching Assistantship. Please read the section on Teaching Assistantships on this website before completing the Application for Teaching Assistantship. We encourage all applicants to indicate that they wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship. However, if you do not want to be considered for a teaching assistantship, please indicate this on the Application for Teaching Assistantship. The CU Comp Lit Application is a fillable .pdf that you can complete, save to your computer, and upload with your online application.
Foreign Language Writing sample (optional)If any of the subjects on your Application for Teaching Assistantship involve teaching language acquisition classes, please submit a 1-2 page writing sample in that language.Prepare the optional Foreign Language Writing Sample as a .doc or .pdf file, and upload it with your online application as Supplemental Document E or Supplemental Document F.
Recording in Foreign Language (optional)If any of the subjects on your Application for Teaching Assistantship involve teaching language acquisition classes, please submit a 5 minute recording of yourself speaking in that language.Please email audio files to gradprocessing@colorado.edu (for domestic applicants) or to intladm@colorado.edu (for international applicants). The program prefers to receive recordings as audio files. We suggest you Google "voice recorder" to find software that will do this (you will probably need a microphone). If this is not possible, your statement may be recorded on a CD and mailed to the address below.
Three Letters of RecommendationRecommendations should be from academics who are able to address your prior academic studies as well as your ability to complete a program of advanced study. Letters from work supervisors or coworkers are not considered helpful.
You will be asked to supply the names of your recommenders as well as their email addresses within the online application. Requests for letters will be sent to your recommenders after you submit your online application.
Official TranscriptsPlease note that transcripts for all institutions must be provided. Even if transfer credits are reflected on another transcript, the University of Colorado still requires a transcript from the institution at which those credits were initially earned.Transcripts should be sent by your institution(s) directly to the University of Colorado. If you have transcripts that have been released to you in a sealed envelope you may send these to the University of Colorado, so long as the envelope is still sealed.
GRE General Test ScoresSuccessful candidates will have scores of approximately 600 (160) on the verbal section and 5.0 on the analytical writing section. The Admissions Committee considers the entire application, so candidates whose scores are below these will not be disqualified. A strong personal statement and writing sample will have more weight than GRE scores.You may report GRE scores on your online application, but official scores should be submitted to the University of Colorado by ETS.



International applicants must submit these additional materials
 (applicants who have, or will be applying for, a temporary US visa)

ItemInstructionsHow to submit
Note about International TranscriptsIf you will have trouble replacing your transcripts or any of your academic documents, please contact the International Admissions Team at intlgrad@colorado.edu for possible alternatives to sending your original or expensive documents. Transcripts from U.S. schools, must be official and must be sent to the Admissions Office directly from the U.S. school.Please contact the International Admissions Team at intlgrad@colorado.edu for instructions.
Recording in EnglishApplicants whose native language is not English must submit a five-minute recording in English in which they state their background and academic interests.Please email audio files to intladm@colorado.edu. The program prefers to receive recordings as audio files. We suggest you Google "voice recorder" to find software that will do this (you will probably need a microphone). If this is not possible, your statement may be recorded on a CD and mailed to the address below.
TOEFL Test scoresSuccessful candidates will have minimum scores of 550/213 (computer based)/75 (internet based). TOEFL scores should be submitted officially to the University of Colorado by ETS. The TOEFL requirement is waived if, at the time you apply, you have completed at least one year of full-time study at a US institution or at an institution in a country where English is the native language. This waiver applies only to study completed within two years from your desired admission term. The program will not admit international students who score below 75 on the TOEFL.You may report TOEFL scores on your online application, but official scores should be submitted to the University of Colorado by ETS.

 

Test Codes

Note: testing companies send test scores directly to the Office of Admissions.  The scores are held in a centralized database which all departments can access.  Therefore, the Department Code is not necessary – as long as you have the proper Institution Code, we will receive your test scores.

GRE

  Institution   4841 – University of Colorado at Boulder
  Department   2902 – Comparative Literature


TOEFL

  Institution   4841 – University of Colorado at Boulder
  Department   28 – Comparative Literature

 

Where to Send Application Materials

Transcripts and other supporting materials should be sent directly to: 

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS

For standard international mail or mail within the US (including USPS Priority and Express) Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553
For overnight or
express mail (DHL, FedEx, UPS)
Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street – 553 UCB
Bldg RL3 Suite A122
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA
Phone: 303-492-6301

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

For standard international mail or mail within the US (including USPS Priority and Express) Office of Admissions/International
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0065   USA
Overnight/Express mailing address
(DHL, UPS, FedEx)
Office of Admissions/International
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street – 65 UCB
Bldg RL3, Suite A122
Boulder, CO 80309-1058   USA
Phone: 303-492-6301

 

Note on Social Security Numbers

Please do not include your social security number on any part of your application.  In the interest of protecting your private information, the University of Colorado collects the social security number on the online application but suppresses it from printing on any forms or reports.

 

Questions?

Check out our Admissions FAQs and also the Graduate School Admissions FAQs.  For additional questions please contact:

Patricia Paige
Graduate Program Assistant
(303) 492-7376
patricia.paige@colorado.edu

For questions about your desired course of study please contact the Program Director.