Application Instructions

Application Deadline is December 15, 2020

UCLA Graduate Admissions

All applicants are required to submit a UCLA online Application for Graduate Admission, upload all required and supplemental material to the UCLA Application for Graduate Admission site, and mail all official transcripts and GRE scores to the department. Be sure to follow all the directions indicated on the application website or your application will not be considered.

Note:  When submitting the online application, please note the following:

  • Your Statement of Purpose should reflect your interest in the field to which you are applying: Buddhist Studies, Chinese Language and Culture, Cultural and Comparative Studies-China, Japan or Korea focus, East Asian Linguistics, Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies, Korean Language and Culture. If you have not done so already, please familiarize yourself with the Asian Languages and Cultures Doctoral Program Areas and Requirements.
  • Your degree objective should be Ph.D. not MA as Asian Languages and Cultures does not offer a terminal MA program. Your application will not be reviewed if you choose MA. Please see link below if you are interested in obtaining an MA in East Asian Studies:

Required Application Fee: $120 for US Citizens and Permanent Residents, $140 for all other applicants

**Applications will not be considered if application fee is not submitted.

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The Online UCLA Application for Graduate Admission must be completed and submitted by December 15, 2020. Late applications will not be considered.

All official test scores, transcripts, and confidential financial statements should be sent to:

Graduate Advisor
UCLA Department of Asian Languages & Cultures
BOX 951540
LOS ANGELES, CA. 90095-1540

Department Supplemental Materials

All applicants must submit supplemental materials online to the “UCLA Application for Graduate Admission” website by application deadline: December 15, 2020.

For detailed information about supplemental materials, please visit:
Graduate Division Admission Materials

Supplemental Checklist

  1. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  2. Writing Sample, minimally 20 pages in the applying subject area.
  3. Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship (Optional)
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation should:1.  Attest to the applicant’s readiness for graduate study.2.  Establish the applicant’s intellectual abilities and knowledgeable of the expectations of graduate education programs in the applicant’s chosen area of specialization.3.  Be written in English.Recommendations MUST include the UCLA letter of recommendation cover form, which is also available online for your recommender. The Graduate Division will send them an email with instructions once you enter the names and email addresses of your recommenders on your online application. Hard copies are no longer required or accepted for letters of recommendations.
  • Writing Sample
    Writing sample must be written in English. You may submit additional English or non-English writing samples should you wish. The writing sample is typically a scholarly work such as a term paper or master’s thesis in a field closely related to the proposed subject of study. It should be at least 20 pages which should demonstrate the applicant’s skills as a researcher, thinker, and writer. It should also demonstrate the applicant’s readiness to undertake research at a graduate level.
  • Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship
    Students who wish to be considered please complete the Personal Statement portion of the online application. To be considered for a Cota-Robles or Graduate Opportunity fellowship, be sure to describe your contributions to diversity and address the prompt in the online application. The University of California Diversity Statement can be found online.

Items Must be Sent to the Department via Mail or Official Electronic Copies

1. GRE Scores
2. Official Transcripts
3. Fellowship Applications (optional)

  • GRE Scores

All applicants must take their GRE exam by December if they wish to be considered. GRE scores older than 5 years will not be accepted. There is no minimum GRE score required to apply to our department.

GRE Codes

UCLA institution code (4837)

Asian Languages department code (2601)

  • Official Transcripts

1. One copy of the official transcript is REQUIRED of each graduate and undergraduate institution attended where you received a degree/diploma. Include one official copy of any other undergraduate transcripts that you have. If sending via mail: Official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope with the seal of the registrar across the back. DO NOT open your transcripts before mailing them. If your institution provides official copies electronically, please have them sent directly to the ALC Graduate Advisor, Fatin Zubi, We are unable to accept official electronic copies directly from applicants.

International Applicants must submit:
1. One (1) copy of your transcripts/academic records in your native language
2. One (1) copy of a certified English translation of your transcripts/academic records
3. One (1) official diploma certificates showing degree conferred and date of conferral if your transcripts does not list the degree conferred (such as China, etc.).

Please see this link on requirements for international transcripts: Required Academic Records For International Applicants.

  • Fellowship Application(s) for Entering Students: You are strongly encouraged to apply for every fellowship to which you are eligible. You do not need to complete this form if you completed the fellowship section on your online application. See Fellowship Application page for more information, visit Fellowship Application.

International Students

In addition to the materials outlined above, you will need to submit the following:

  • Confidential Financial Statement

Download form at Confidential Financial Statement. While this is not required in order for your application to be reviewed, you are strongly encouraged to submit this with the rest of your application materials. If admitted to the program, you will be required to submit this form in order for your visa eligibility certificate (I-20) to be processed. The bank letter and the confidential financial statement must be dated AFTER the UCLA online application submission date, or else it will not be valid. For more information, visit: Visa Process Details.


International applicants whose first language is not English must certify their proficiency in English when applying to UCLA through the TOEFL or IELTS. Scores must be sent to the department by December 15, 2020.


UCLA institution code (4837)

Asian Languages department code (29)

TOEFL scores are only valid for two years. Scores taken before December 2018 will not be accepted. Students must receive the minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores in order to be considered for the Ph.D. program. Please see the Graduate Division TOEFL/English Requirements website.

EXCEPTIONS: International applicants who hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from a university located in the United States or in another country in which English is both the spoken language and the medium of instruction, or who have completed at least two years of full-time study at such an institution, are exempted from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.

All official test scores, transcripts, and confidential financial statements should be sent to:

Graduate Advisor
UCLA Department of Asian Languages & Cultures
290 Royce Hall
Box 951540
Los Angeles, CA. 90095-1540