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


Application Materials

International student financial information will only be requested by the Graduate School after the department has recommended the applicant for admission. Therefore, the link to the financial statement form has been removed. However, we realize that applicants may want to know how much it will cost to attend UW-Madison. We have created a web page for International Student Expenses.

The departmental application forms are available here. The application materials are made available here in PDF format. If you wish to apply to our program, please print out the application materials and fill them out as indicated. The materials available here are the same as you would receive in a mailing. 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


Teaching Assistantships

Online TA Policies and Procedures


Online Fellowship Information



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