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DLCL Graduate Admissions Information

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies within the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL). The DLCL is comprised of five different academic departments: Comparative Literature, French and Italian, German Studies, Iberian and Latin American Cultures, and Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Each program has a unique set of requirements as well as progression of studies; you are encouraged to review the individual program to gain more insight into the academic requirements. Administrative requirements are processed through the DLCL and are the same for each student regardless of program of studies. The following information and FAQ's are designed to help in your decision to apply to one of our programs. If applicants have additional questions not listed in the FAQ, please contact

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The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program cultivates and supports a highly-engaged, multidisciplinary and multicultural community of graduate students from across Stanford University, and delivers a diverse collection of educational experiences, preparing graduates to address complex challenges facing the world. Knight-Hennessy Scholars participate in an experiential leadership development program known as the King Global Leadership Program and receive funding for up to three years of graduate study at Stanford. Two applications must be submitted separately; one to Knight-Hennessy by October 6, 2021 at 1 pm PT, and one to the Stanford graduate degree program by its deadline. Visit to learn more and apply.


Graduate Program Application Details

Application Information

Applications will open in September 2021 for our 2022-23 cohort. Application deadlines are below:

Comparative Literature - due November 30, 2021
Iberian and Latin American Cultures - due November 30, 2021

French and Italian - due December 7, 2021
German Studies - due December 7, 2021

Slavic Languages and Literatures - due January 4, 2022

The admissions committee will only consider complete applications for review. A complete application must contain the following items:

1. Electronically submitted application and statement of purpose.

2. Electronically submitted unofficial transcripts from every post-secondary institute attended (unofficial copies are accepted during the Admissions process, but official copies will be required if an offer of admission is extended). The graduate admissions website requests that you send two official copies to departments if an offer is extended. Please forward these transcripts to the address listed below. We recommend that applicants use some form of registered mail so that they can confirm arrival of their transcripts into the DLCL offices. We regret that we will not be able to update individual candidates on the status of their transcripts. 

DLCL Graduate Admissions - Department of ___________
450 Jane Stanford Way
Building 260, Room 127
Stanford, CA  94305-2005

3. Writing samples vary by department. Please consult the appropriate link below for these requirements. Each writing sample submitted should be 15-25 pages in length.

4. Three letters of recommendation must also be submitted. One letter of recommendation should focus on your language skills. You are also encouraged to upload a current ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) certificate if available. The OPI certificate is not required, but requested.

All materials must be submitted online.

Graduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When the committee is reviewing the application, is there one part that is most important?

A: No. When the committee reviews the application, they are looking at the entire application, including past grades, test scores, writing samples, letters of recommendation, and the statement of purpose.  


Q: What are the chances of my application being selected for admission?

A: Admission is based upon the number of assistantships that can be awarded for the year, the number of applicants in the Department, and the quality of the individual application. Admission rates vary.


Q: When will admission decisions be announced?

A: Offers of admission traditionally go out in February.


Q: Do my transcripts have to be received by the deadline?

A: No. Official transcripts can be received after the deadline. However, your online application MUST contain scans of your transcripts so that they may be reviewed by the committee. Official transcripts must be received in order to make any formal offer of admissions to an applicant.


Q: Do my transcripts have to be in English to be reviewed by the committee?

A: No. Transcripts may be submitted in the language of the department in which they are applying. If admitted, an official English translation of the transcript must be submitted to the address above. 


Q: Do my letters of recommendation need to be received by the deadline?

A: The committee will begin review immediately after the application deadline, so we strongly recommend that your letters are in on time. However, if your letters are delayed for any reason, please notify Julie Heinrich, Student Services Manager, at  


Q: Can I submitt my letters of recommendation using Interfolio or University Career Center?

A: YES. Letters of recommendation may be sent using Interfolio or a University Career Center. All submissions must be e-mailed to the Student Services Manager at Once received, the letter will be uploaded to your application. All letters must indicate if they are "confidential" or "non-confidential".


Q: Do I have to submit GRE General Test scores?

A: NO. The GRE is no longer required.

Educational Testing Service

Stanford University policy regarding Required Tests


Q: I am an international student; am I required to submit TOEFL scores?

A: YES. TOEFL scores are required of all applicants whose first language is not English. All international students should refer to the International Applicants webpage for more information regarding transcripts, English proficiency and visas. University minimum requirements can be found in the Stanford University policies regarding required tests link below.


Stanford University policies regarding Required Tests


Q: What is the financial package awarded to Ph.D. students?

A: Graduate funding typically covers five academic years (autumn, winter, and spring quarters) as well as five summer quarters. Funding will cover a living stipend, tuition, and Cardinal Care. The funding is a combination of fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Funding is contingent upon successful academic progress and enrollment.


Q: How much does it cost to live in Palo Alto?

A: The Office of Graduate Admissions provides an estimated expense budget and should be referenced to help answer any questions regarding expenses.


Q: As an international student, where can I find out about visas and resources for international students?

A: All international students must work in cooperation with Bechtel International Center to obtain visas as well as other immigration processes. Bechtel is the best resource for all international students.