Frequently Asked Questions
1. Does the Department of Spanish and Portuguese offer financial aid to graduate students?Yes, we offer financial aid to all the students that we admit to our graduate program, either as a TA (Teaching Assistant), an AI (Assistant Instructor), or a scholarship or fellowship.
2. Do I need to fill out a separate application to request financial aid?No, your application to the department is also your application for financial aid.
3. What makes me a strong candidate?There is not one specific item in your application that determines whether you will be admitted, the Admissions Committee thoroughly reviews all application materials as part of their evaluation.
4. What documents do I need to submit to the department as part of my application?
We require hard copies of:
- The Application to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
- Statement of purpose, in English. One or two pages long.
- Transcripts (may be copies, not necessarily originals). If you are an international student, we require an official (certified) translation of your transcripts from universities outside of the United States. If you are a U.S. student and have studied abroad, we also require certified translations of your studies in foreign universities.
- GRE scores.
- TOEFL scores (international students only. If you are an international student with a Bachelor's degree from an English-Speaking university, you are not required to send TOEFL scores.
- Writing sample. In Spanish or Portuguese.
5. Do my recommenders need to submit a hard copy of their letters?To the department Yes, they do need to submit hard copies of their letters accompanied by the Request for Reference form. For GIAC, you must enter their information on your ApplyTexas online application, and your recommenders will receive an email from the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC). At that point they may submit their letters of recommendation through the link provided in the email.
6. How long should the statement of purpose be?
It should be 750 to 1,000 words long; in English. Be sure to include:
- Your academic background.
- Your plan of study within the program, to the best of your current knowledge.
- Any experience (work, travel, etc.) outside of academia that may have helped prepare you for this course of study.
- Your plan and goals upon completion of the degree.