Application and Admissions Information

Thank you for your interest in our programs. The Department of East Asian Languages and Literature (EALL) offers graduate degrees (MA and PhD) in Chinese linguistics, literature, and thought, and in Japanese linguistics and literature.

Applicants should review the Graduate School's admission process, Graduate School's minimum requirements, and department requirements and information (see below) prior to submitting the online application and fee.  The application fee cannot be waived and cannot be refunded.


New students can enter in either program for the fall term only.  New applicants cannot apply for spring or summer term.  Applicants should make note of the following deadlines: 

  Chinese Japanese
Fellowship December 1 December 1
Teaching Assistantship December 1 January 15
Fall term admission, no funding May 1 April 15

The Fellowship deadline is the date that your application must be received (complete) in order for you to be considered for a University fellowship for the upcoming fall semester. The Teaching Assistantship deadline is the date that your application for admission and your teaching assistantship application must be received for fall consideration. The Application deadline is for only admission for the upcoming fall term and no funding is available.

Application Materials

An applicant applies to both the Graduate School and the department.  Complete the online Graduate application and select the Chinese (major code 171) or Japanese (major code 583) program.  The application materials are made available here in PDF format.  To learn more about PDF or if you have trouble obtaining these documents, please go to our PDF Information Page.

The materials you need vary according to the program you are interested in, as well as if you are a domestic or international student. Please consult the chart below for information about the materials you need. Click each link to download the document.

Domestic Student
International Student

Chinese Program

Japanese Program



Our department offers financial assistance in the forms of Teaching Assistantships (TAship)and fellowships.  These forms are highly competitive as applicants are competing against other applicants across the department and the campus (fellowships).  Please make note of the deadlines for fellowships and TAships.  Please allow adequate time for our department to recieve all of the necessary materials (especially test scores).

Teaching Assistantships

If you are interested in a Teaching Assistantship (TAship), please review our selection criteria through our TA Policies and Procedures page.  Applicants must submit the Chinese TA application or the Japanese TA application and necessary materials by the deadlines noted above. 

Occassionally, our department will hire TAs outside of our department.  If you are a current graduate student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, please complete the Chinese or Japanese TA application and submit the required materials to the Student Services Coordinator in 1212 Van Hise.


Online Fellowship Information


Graduate Studies Costs

International applicants recommended for admission to the Graduate School are required to show sufficient funds to attend the University during the course of studies (tuition, food and housing, incidentals, and health insurance).  If you are an international applicant and receive a fellowship or TAship, please make note that you will most likely be required to show additional financial documentation to meet the minimum required for your official acceptance to the Graduate School.  For living costs, please view the Cost of Graduate School page.



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