International Application – Japanese

Foreign Applicants to the Graduate Program in Japanese

Thank you for your interest in our program. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School Catalog is available electronically via the Internet at: The Graduate School application form is also available at the above Internet address.

The following information and forms may be found at our departmental web site:

–    Asian Languages and Cultures departmental application

–    Application information for all programs

–    Statement of Purpose (sample outline from Graduate School)

–    Fellowships

–    Application for Teaching Assistantship – Japanese

–    Teaching Assistant Policies and Procedures

–    Graduate Faculty in the Japanese Program

Academic Preparation: The Graduate School requires a B.A. or equivalent education to admit students to graduate level studies. Please supply us with official transcripts or academic records 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 an official signature. Please check the Graduate School web site for requirements for specific information on transcripts from each country at Two copies of these documents are to be sent directly to our department. All correspondence must be in English. Note, too, that graduate studies in Japanese at the University of Wisconsin demand much more than just familiarity with the language and literature of Japan. Students must have basic research skills and be able to use analytical and critical modes of thought.

Test ScoresTOEFL (English Proficiency): All graduate applicants who are not native speakers of English are required to take the TOEFL test. A minimum score of 570 (paper-based test) or 230 (computer- based test), or 88-89 (internet based) is necessary to be considered for admission to the department. TOEFL scores (official) must be no more than two years old. GRE SCORES: GRE scores are required for admission to the Japanese program. The Admissions Committee will accept GRE scores taken within the last five years.

Letters of Recommendation: The department requires three letters of recommendation for each applicant. These letters should be written in English by people qualified to judge your academic ability. There are no special forms for this. It will be your responsibility to contact people you want to recommend you and ask them to send letters directly to the department, or submit them online at the Graduate School application website.

Application to the Ph.D. Program: To apply to the Ph.D. program, you must either have already received your M.A. or expect to receive it before you enroll at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. You must submit either an M.A. thesis or some other substantial research paper to the department. This paper should be in English, and may either be published or unpublished. In any case, students with an M.A. from outside this department are required to pass a Ph.D. Qualifying Examination within one year of entering the program.

Fellowships: Incoming graduate students are eligible for some fellowships. Please read the fellowships information sheet carefully. If you have questions, please let us know. Note, too, that in order to be considered for fellowships, all of your application materials must be received by the Graduate School and the department by December 1.

Assistantships: The department sometimes has openings for teaching assistants available to incoming graduate students. To be considered for any assistantship you must have excellent academic qualifications and excellent standard speaking ability. Applications must be received by January 15 to be considered for the following fall. Students must first be accepted into the Japanese program before they can be considered for a teaching assistantship.

Other Forms of Financial Aid: Because of the intense competition for our departmental Teaching Assistantships and University Fellowships, we suggest that you also check the UW-Madison Graduate School Office of Fellowships Administration web site as a possible source of information regarding financial aid opportunity. The web site is located at:

Your Study Plan and Statement of Purpose: We have found that students who do not have study plans which are very specific have difficulty in our program. Your study plan should indicate a definite direction that you wish to follow in Graduate School. Please read the last paragraph on the departmental application form carefully; this paragraph will give you an idea of the information we need to evaluate your study plan or statement of purpose. We have also included in our materials a sample outline of the statement of purpose as suggested by the Graduate School.

Application DeadlinesDecember 1 is the deadline for University Fellowship consideration for the following fall. January 15 is the deadline for Teaching Assistantship consideration. April 15 for those applying to the Japanese program with their own funding. (ALL application materials, including TOEFL and GRE, should be submitted by the deadlines. Because of the uncertainty of the mail service, it is best to send the materials early.) To help us process your application, please submit the following items to the offices indicated.

Graduate School application form and application fee Please apply to the Graduate School and pay your application fee online at:

Official TOEFL scores andOfficial GRE scores Please request that ETS (Educational Testing Service) send your TOEFL scores (Institution Code 1846) and your GRE scores (Institution Code R 1846) electronically to the Graduate School
Departmental application form (also available on the Graduate School application website)

Statement of Purpose (reasons for graduate study)

Official transcripts (2 copies of each) (See page 1, Academic Preparation)

Three letters of recommendation (if not
submitted online)

M.A. paper (for applicants to the Ph.D. program)

Graduate Coordinator

Asian Languages and Cultures

University of Wisconsin-Madison

1212 Van Hise Hall

1220 Linden Drive

Madison, WI 53706 U.S.A.


We look forward to receiving your application.