The online application for admission invovles several steps. You begin with questions required of all University of Oregon graduate applicants. As you progress through the online process, you will be prompted to upload your transcripts and input the name, institution and e-mail addresses of your three recommenders. Then you proceed to Department of Comparative Literature questions, including a question describing your language preparation. Please read and answer this question carefully.
You may save your work if you do not have all the materials required, and return to complete your application at a later date.
When you have completed all the required questions and uploaded your documents, you will be prompted to the final page and instructions for paying the fee. After completing your application and paying the fee, your application will be processed and forwarded to the Department of Comparative Literature.
(The application deadline for Fall 2018 has been extended to January 15, 2018)
Statement of Purpose
Submit a one- to three-page statement of purpose. Please convert your statement to a PDF file before uploading it.
Submit a ten- to twenty-page sample, in English, of your critical or scholarly writing about literature. Please convert your file to a .pdf before uploading it.
Contact three willing individuals familiar with your educational background and abilities. Notify your references that they will be receiving an e-mail prompt with a link reuqesting a letter of recommendation. Please request that your recommenders submit their letter in PDF file format.
Scan as PDF files one set of official or unofficial transcripts for each institution at which you have completed college-level coursework. Please make sure the scans are legible and oriented vertically. Include only transcripts written in English. If you are having difficulty scanning your transcripts into PDF files, please go to a local copy shop: they will be able to scan your transcripts and give you electronic files which you can upload.
Submit one set of official transcripts to the Office of Admissions for each institution from which a degree has been earned. The transcript must show the degree and the date that it was awarded.
Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217
Although not required, applicants are highly encouraged to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. The School Code is 4846 and the Department Code (Humanities and Arts — Other – Linguistic, Comparative and Related Lang Studies) is 2902. Please enter your scores during the online application process and request that official scores be mailed to the Department of Comparative Literature.
English language proficiency for Comparative Literature doctoral students: Please refer to the Graduate School website for information about satisfying the English language requirement for admission:
If you are required to submit test scores for admission, please enter your scores on the online application and upload a copy of your official test results.
In addition, the Department of Comparative Literature may request a phone or online interview in order to further assess the applicant’s English language skills.
Sometimes international students experience a hardship with requesting that official degree transcripts be sent to several universities for application to admission. It is possible to wait for a Department of Comparative Literature admission decision before providing your official transcripts to the University of Oregon. However, if the Department of Comparative Literature does admit you, your admission into the University will be delayed until the official translated degree transcripts are received exactly as required. Please see the Graduate School for more information about submitting your official degree transcripts.
English requirement for Graduate Employment
Additional requirements are in place for graduate students with teaching appointments. Those students not scoring at least 7 on the IELTS or 26 on the Speaking portion of the TOEFL exam are required to take the Speak test when they arrive on Campus in the Fall. More information about this requirement can be found on the Graduate School website:
Links to additional information for International Students