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The Department aims to recruit students with a strong background in the fields of Latin American and/or Iberian literatures and cultures or in a closely related field.

Requirements for Admission

Students admitted to PhD programs will also be required to fulfill The Graduate School's English proficiency requirement to become eligible for funding as a teaching or graduate assistants.  Please see the Graduate and Teaching Assistantships page for details.

The Michigan English Test has provided The Graduate School with a discount link . To take the MET Digital at a discounted rate, navigate to the Michigan Language Assessment Customer Portal using this link. Then click the yellow button "Create an Account" and fill out the identifying information. Then you will see your homepage, where you can click "Register for a Test." The fee shown will reflect the discount. 


Students interested in pursuing a PhD in Spanish and Portuguese are encouraged to find a second intellectual “home” in an interdisciplinary cluster.

 In addition, the department may choose to interview applicants in the final stages of the admissions process.

Application Deadline:  December 31st

To apply, go to:

Northwestern University - The Graduate School

For further questions, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Jeffrey Coleman.

The International Summer Institute provides intensive language instruction and acculturation to international students admitted to a Ph.D. program at Northwestern in the summer before they begin coursework. Students are nominated by their admitting departments; this program is not open to the public. The program includes coursework, tutoring, an extensive calendar of social events, and special sessions devoted to integration into the academic community, including a one-day research conference

This program is designed to encourage academic exchange among advanced doctoral students between social science and humanities departments at Northwestern University and various universities in Brazil. Host institutions agree to waive tuition and other fees for participating students.  Students would be otherwise financed (stipend, heath insurance, travel, etc.) by their home institution or government in the case of Brazilian students participating in the “sandwich year” program.  Visitors to Northwestern would be “non-degree students” and could enroll in graduate seminars in the host department, subject to instructor approval, and would be expected to participate in the ongoing activities of the Program in Comparative-Historical Social Science (CHSS) or the Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS).

To facilitate the participation of Northwestern students in this exchange, students can use their university fellowship to provide release from teaching responsibilities.  To be eligible, Northwestern students must have passed their qualifying exams and be advanced to candidacy before the start of their stay abroad.  Final fellowship approval is contingent on acceptance of the student by the partner institution in Brazil.

The admission materials required of Brazilian students applying to Northwestern would include:

Admission would also be contingent on acceptance into the Brazilian “sandwich” program.

For more information on this exchange program, please contact Professor Bruce Carruthers.

Questions about the Graduate Program?  Contact