Application to the Ph.D. Program

Due to the disruptions of COVID-19, we have decided to extend the application deadline for the Comparative Literature PhD program to January 1, 2021.

The deadline for application (including payment of fees by credit card only) for students who plan to enter in the following Fall is normally December 15. (Note: the application deadline has been extended to Jan. 1, 2021 for the current admission cycle.) Applicants must use UCI's on-line application form which requires a Statement of Purpose, a Personal History Statement, a Statement on Foreign Language Competenceand a writing sample of 15-20 pages. International students may be required to submit English language proficiency test scores. Please scan and upload copies of transcripts for all institutions attended since high school. Please upload both the front and back sides of the transcript.Three letters of recommendation should also be uploaded to the online system by the December 15 deadline. Paper letters of recommendation are not allowed.

Please refer to the instructions for applications and Frequently Asked Questions.

Please address any questions to Sam Lahne at (949) 824-7968 or We look forward very much to hearing from you.