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The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University at Buffalo educates graduate students in the scholarship of the discipline and trains them to develop new knowledge about the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Romance Languages, as well as the cultures and diasporic communities with which they have remained in sustained contact. Graduate students in Romance Languages and Literatures are prepared to participate in critical discussions in the discipline, are able to articulate major shifts and trends in the evolution of those discussions and can articulate their own position within them. RLL graduates acquire competence in theoretical approaches and methodologies that inform their own research, and obtain familiarity with a diversity of critical approaches that allow them to engage meaningfully with the scholarship of colleagues in neighboring disciplines.

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Please note:  to be considered for a teaching assistantship, you must apply directly to a PhD program. Your application will be forwarded to the department when you have completed the online application.


Applications are accepted for Fall and Spring semesters; however, for priority consideration, including enhanced teaching assistantships, please apply by January 15 for the following academic year.


In addition to the online admissions form, applicants must submit the following materials. All documents must be attached to your online application, with the exception of your official GRE score sheet, which you must request from ETS:

  • Three letters of recommendation.  Once you submit your application for final review, your professors will receive an automated email requesting that they upload their recommendation letter.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from every institution you have previously attended, to include all  undergraduate or graduate coursework (official transcripts will be required after acceptance).
  • A personal statement of two to three double-spaced pages that explains your background, educational and career aims, and reasons for applying to this department.
  • Two writing samples, at least 3000 words in length; one in the language of study, the other in English (term papers, published articles, or convention papers).
  • Official GRE score report (less than 5 years old). Please note:  With departmental permission, GRE scores may be forwarded after submission of the online application.

GRE score reporting codes:

  • Institution code: 2925
  • Department codes, French: 2603; Spanish: 2608
International Students:
Be sure to review all requirements for International Student Admission on the Graduate School “How to Apply” website.

International applicants must submit:

  • An online International Student Graduate Financial Form , as well as certified bank statements proving the information submitted on the financial form.
  • Official PTE Academic or TOEFL scores (less than two years old) – Please contact ETS and request your official TOEFL score be sent to us using the following information:

(Applicants whose native language is not English must establish proficiency by means of the TOEFL examination. For international students who are  already  in the US to complete a degree program, TOEFL is automatically waived.)

The minimum scores required for each of the forms of the exam are (1) 555 for the paper based test (TOEFL PBT),(2) 213 for the computer based test (TOEFL CBT), and (3) 79 for the Internet based test (TOEFL IBT).

TOEFL score reporting code:

  • Institution code: 2925


If you are a New York State resident, there is no application fee.  Otherwise, the application fee is $75,  paid online (see links to ePay for individual programs, below).  After you formally submit your UB application, you will receive an email with instructions on how to pay your program’s fee via ePay. Currently, UB accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

French PhD ePay
French Non-Degree ePay
Spanish PhD ePay
Spanish Non-Degree ePay