Graduate Admissions



Deadline for 2020-21, December 15, 2020.

All applicants are required to apply through the Division of Humanities online application. Paper applications are not accepted.

All application materials must be submitted to the Division of the Humanities via the address provided on the application website.

Materials sent directly to the department will not be accepted.

Applications are considered in early winter. Applicants will be notified of their status by the Humanities Admissions office in March.


  • A sample of current scholarly writing in English, related to your proposed area of study in East Asian Languages & Civilizations.  Writing samples should be at least 10 pages, but samples of 30 pages or more are not likely to be read in their entirety.
  • All applicants for whom English is not a primary language may be required to submit current scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Current scores are no more than two years old at the time of application submission. A complete description of the English proficiency policy may be found at this website, and questions about the English proficiency requirement should be directed to

Areas of Study

The admissions form will allow you to choose from 6 areas of study. We understand that many of our applicants have cross-area interests. Please choose the area you consider your primary field of interest.

Early China (up to 2nd c.)
Middle Period China (7th through 13th c.)
Early Modern China (Yuan, Ming, Qing)
Modern China (late 19th - 21st c.)

International Students

Further information about resources available to international students can be found here.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decision letters will be mailed from the Admissions Office in early March. No decision information can be given through phone or email by the department.

All admissions decisions are sent in writing from the admissions office in early March. No decisions will be given in phone or email. Unless you are contacted by the department, please direct all questions about your application directly to the

Funding and Aid

Students admitted to doctoral study in Summer 2020 and after will be guaranteed to have funding support from the University of Chicago, external sources, or a combination of the two for the duration of their program.  This includes full tuition coverage, annual stipends, and fully paid individual annual premiums for UChicago’s student health insurance. Funding is contingent on remaining in good academic standing and making progress towards completing degree requirements.

Pedagogical training is a vital component of the educational experience at the University. Pedagogical training plans vary by department but are inclusive of the expectation that students will receive mentorship as course assistants and have the opportunity to teach their own stand-alone course.