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International :18 Dec 

PhD Italian

 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

27652 USD
13416 USD

Application fee

International 90 USD
National 70 USD
Department of French and Italian
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)104
TOEFL-PBT (min)607
GRE (avg)330
GMAT (avg)659

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About this course

The Department of French and Italian offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in French and in Italian. Candidates for the master's degree may specialize in French Studies, French Linguistics, French Language Learning, or Italian. Candidates for the doctoral degree in French may choose one of four specializations: French Studies, French Linguistics, Italian, or Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE).

The following minors and certificates may be pursued: Cinema Studies, Gender and Women's Studies,Translation Studies, Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Faculty Research Interests
Our faculty possess strengths in literary interpretation, critical theory, the study of civilization, cinema, theoretical and applied linguistics, and computer-assisted teaching. Members of the faculty have received national and international recognition; graduates serve on the faculties of numerous colleges and universities both in this country and abroad.


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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum requirements for admisson

  • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency.
  • Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS (please see instructions below for Submitting Official Scores regarding our institution code and program number).
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.
  • Important, please note: Individual academic programs may require a higher score, or evidence of spoken English language proficiency; contact your proposed program of study office for the minimum TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS requirement for admission.
  • Test information and instructions for requesting official scores
  • TOEFL (Test of english as a foreign language)
  • Website: www.toefl.org

TOEFL Services at Educational Testing Service (ETS):

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service send scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using our institution code number 1836.

IELTS (International english language testing system)
IELTS is jointly owned by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.

Website: www.ielts.org

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the IELTS should upload their score report forms directly to the online application.


 Graduate applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if one of the following criteria is met:Completion of at least two years of post-secondary full-time study, as defined by the home institution, in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Completion of a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment.


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Course Modules

Italian Graduate Studies in a Globalized World
For Italy, globalization as a modern process is neither the beginning nor the end of the story. Italy has always been situated in a complex space, often best understood transnationally, post-nationally, and in a variety of cosmopolitan contexts, from Europe to the Mediterranean.

The graduate program in Italian Studies is committed to the interdisciplinary study of Italian literature and culture. Our faculty work on areas ranging from literature and cinema to medieval and early modern culture to history and critical theory. Recent and current graduate students working in Italian have written on topics ranging from the literature of extracomunitari in Italy, Dante's body in the context of pilgrimage texts, the acquisition of verb morphology, to postmodernism and detective fiction. Prospective graduate students should know that they will receive a training appropriate for an ever-more interdisciplinary profession, and that they will have the resources of a major university, ranging from the European Union Center to the largest public university library in the world, containing world-famous Dante and Tasso collections, alongside equally important collections of Proust, Rilke and Milton.

In order to encourage innovative work that crosses disciplinary boundaries, the graduate program in Italian Studies requires students to pass exams on not only their dissertation topic and period, as well as a contiguous period, but also an outside field or chronological period. As a result, we strongly encourage students — while acquiring a solid foundation in Italian culture — to work outside the program during their stay here, particularly in those programs that offer graduate minors and certificates, such as the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory, the Unit for Cinema Studies, the Medieval Studies Program and the program in Gender & Women's Studies. Italian at UIUC also has a strong connection with the Program in Comparative Literature, and the newly formed department of French and Italian encourages all graduate students to explore the many opportunities of collaboration within the Francophone and Italophone areas.

Areas of specialization offered in Italian are literary and cultural studies, Italian linguistics, and Romance linguistics.

Coursework selected in consultation with advisor

  • ITAL 571 (is required for all teaching assistants) 4

Language Requirement: Students in all programs except SLATE must demonstrate reading proficiency in two languages besides the foreign language of specialization (not including English).

ITAL 599 Thesis Research 32
Total Hours 64

Other Requirements1

  • Other requirements may overlap 
  • Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 16
  • Masters Degree Required for Admission to PhD? Yes
  • Qualifying Exam Required No
  • Preliminary Exam Required Yes
  • Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
  • Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0


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How to Apply

In order to apply to our graduate program in French and one of the three specializations we offer (French Studies, French Language Learning/SLATE, French Linguistics), please fill out the Online application form provided by the Graduate College of the University of Illinois.

In order to be considered for all forms of financial aid, including fellowship support, please apply by the priority deadlineDecember 18, 2015. Applications submitted by February 27, 2016 will still be considered, however financial aid might be limited.

For your online application, you will need to provide scanned and/or PDF versions of the following documents that you upload into the application form:

  • transcripts (and an English translation where applicable), certificates of degree and/or diplomas from all institutions of higher education that you have attended (junior college, college/university, or graduate school). Please note: upon admission, official final transcripts and certificates of degree and/or diplomas will be needed at time of arrival.
  • a personal statement (1-2 pages, in either English or French) detailing your field of interest (see below for more details)
  • and two (2) writing samples (minimum five pages each), in the form of 2 papers (such as a term paper or research paper) at least one of which must be written in French.

In addition, you will have to supply:

the contact information for three referees who will provide a letter of recommendation, preferably professors familiar with your work. Submission guidelines for these letters are explained in the online application form.
a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report IF your native language is English. Please have ETS send your GRE scores to institution code #1836.
Your personal statement should explain the relation between your studies and/or work experience to date and your current interests in French, and your reasons for wanting to obtain a graduate degree in French from our department. Important: Each new student will be accepted for one of our three graduate programs (French Studies, Language Learning/SLATE, or French Linguistics). In the online application, under “Other Field of Specialization,” you should therefore clearly indicate to which of the three graduate programs you are applying. For more information about each of our graduate programs go here.

In the online application form, under “Application Information,” please indicate the kind of financial support for which you would like to be considered. You may rank the options in order of importance, or you may indicate that you have no preference. In the Department of French, we generally do not admit more students than we can support with assistantships and/or fellowships.

Please read carefully in order to be fully considered as an applicant:
For admission consideration, the University of Illinois requires that all applicants whose native language is not English submit a current TOEFL or IELTS score report. Please have ETS send your TOEFL score report to institution code #1836. Applicants who have already taken the IELTS should upload their score report forms directly to the online application.

This requirement may be waived if, within five years of the term of enrollment, you have completed at least two academic years of full-time study or completed a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language of instruction. Minimum score requirements for admission are 79 on the TOEFL iBT, 550 on the TOEFL PBT, or 6.5 total and 6 in all subsections of the IELTS. For more information on English proficiency requirements for admission, please click here.

In order to be considered for a teaching assistantship, the University additionally requires that all applicants who are not native speakers of English provide evidence of a minimum of 24 on the oral section of the new TOEFL iBT or a minimum score of 8 on the oral section of the IELTS. For more information on English proficiency requirements for teaching assistantships, please clickhere.

You should be aware that some of the tests mentioned above may be given infrequently and/or only in certain locales. You should therefore register for them as early as possible.

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