Admission

The Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies accepts applications for admission in September and January.
All applicants are required to comply with the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies and to submit their application online. Information on application fee and exemptions can be found on the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website  The site also provides additional information on tuition fees and the cost of living in Vancouver.
All new MA and PhD students are automatically considered for a certain number of fellowships awarded by the Department and the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies. Please refer to the financial aid section for a description of all the different types of financial support available for graduate students. Students who are Canadian citizens and who are applying for a program starting in January are encouraged to submit an application for a SSHRC scholarship during the Fall preceding their enrollment.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that his/her application and all supporting documents, including official transcripts, letters of reference, writing sample, are submitted by the Departmental deadline.

Deadlines

For the term commencing in September:
Canadian and US applicants: March 31
International applicants: March 15

For the term commencing in January
Canadian and US applicants: July 31
   International applicants: June 15

(Late applications will be considered)

Entrance Requirements – M.A.

M.A. in French

Normally, students applying for admission to the M.A. program in French must have:

  • A 4-year B.A. degree (Major in French) or its equivalent
  • A minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth year courses. (3.3. on a 4.0 scale)
  • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth year courses in the A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in the field of study.

M.A. in Hispanic Studies

Normally, students applying for admission to the M.A. program in Hispanic Studies must have:

  • A 4-year B.A. degree (Major in Spanish) or its equivalent
  • A minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth year courses. (3.3. on a 4.0 scale)
  • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth year courses in the A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in the field of study.

For students with International Credentials
The Department welcomes and encourages International students to submit an online application if their credentials are academically equivalent to a four-year B.A. degree from UBC.
The Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies has minimum requirements for International applicants to graduate programs listed by country. Review carefully to see if you qualify.

 

Entrance Requirements – Ph.D.

Ph.D. in French – Specialization in Literature or Linguistics

The Department welcomes applications from students who fulfill the following minimum entrance requirements:

  • a first-class Honours B.A. with specialization in an area of French or francophone literatures, French language and linguistics (in exceptional cases)
  • an M.A. with specialization in an area of French or francophone literatures, French language and linguistics
  • an M.A. or a first-class Honours B.A. in a related field and evidence of having   completed sufficient work in an area of French or francophone literatures, French language and linguistics to reach a level considered satisfactory by the Department.

Students concentrating in French linguistics will be required to take some courses in French literature to complete their degree.  They will be given permission to take courses at other UBC departments (Dept of Linguistics, Faculty of Education) or at other universities under the Western Deans’ Agreement.  The concentration in linguistics does not entail a purely linguistics degree but rather an emphasis.  Students can write a thesis on an aspect of French linguistics.

Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies – Specialization in Spanish or Latin-American Literature

The Department welcomes applications from students who fulfill the following minimum entrance requirements:

  • first-class Honours B.A. with specialization in Spanish or Latin-American literature (in exceptional cases)
  • first-class standing in an M.A. with specialization in Spanish or Latin-American literature
  • first-class standing in an M.A. or a first-class Honours B.A. in a related field, and evidence of having completed sufficient work in an area of Spanish or Latin-American literature to reach a level which the Department considers appropriate for doctoral studies.

For students with International Credentials
The Department welcomes and encourages International students to submit an online application if their credentials are academically equivalent to a master’s degree from UBC.
The Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies has minimum requirements for International applicants to graduate programs listed by country. Review carefully to see if you qualify.

Transfer from Master’s to Doctoral Programs without Completing Master’s Requirements
In exceptional cases, students accepted into the M.A. program may apply to transfer into the Ph.D. program at the end of the first year, provided that they have completed at least 12 credits of graduate courses in the M.A. program with a first-class average.  Students must show clear evidence of research ability. Transfer directly into a doctoral program should be accomplished after the first year of study and will not be permitted after the completion of the second year in a Master’s program.

After admission into the M.A., a student may apply for the transfer of up to 12 credits of graduate-level work from another university, provided that the courses have not been credited towards any other degree and that application is made at time of admission.

Under certain circumstances, the Graduate Studies Committee will recommend that an applicant who does not quite meet the minimum entrance requirements for graduate studies complete a Qualifying Year to improve his/her academic standing. The University will not admit students requiring Study Permits to a Qualifying Year.

 

Supporting Documents

Student are required to submit all documents specified in the online application according to the program they are applying to.  Please follow the instructions in the online application for specific information about submitting supporting documents.  The following documents are required and need to be uploaded to the online application system:

1. Transcripts

Official transcripts from all post-secondary institution are required.  Transcripts issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.  Please read the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies regulation regarding  transcripts and degree certificates.

2. Letters of recommendation

Three academic letters of recommendation written in English are required by the Department.  At least two referees must have taught you in a senior undergraduate or graduate course.  Applicants to the Ph.D. program should request a letter of recommendation from their M.A thesis supervisor. Your referees will need to upload their letters to the online application system.

3. Writing sample

An essay or writing sample in French or Spanish that you have submitted recently in a course or a chapter of your M.A. thesis if it is written in French or Spanish should be provided.

4. Statement of intention

Applicants are required to include a brief statement of their academic and/or professional goals and how these align with the graduate program to which they are applying.

5.  Doctoral research project

Applicants to the PhD program in French or Hispanic Studies are required to provide a one or two-page description of the doctoral research project that they hope to undertake.  The description, like the project itself, is in no way binding, but will give the admissions committee a more exact sense of your research interests.

6. Curriculum vitae or resume

Applicants are required to submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume detailing their academic and work history as well as relevant experiences such as courses, presentations, publications and volunteer work.

7. English Language Proficiency Requirement (if applicable)

The requirement applies to applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction.  Those applicants must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission.  English language proficiency tests taken more than 2 years prior to application will not be considered.  Unless otherwise stated, the score is the minimum on each part of the test, and minimum scores must be achieved in a single sitting of the test (i.e., scores across multiple instances of a test may not be used to satisfy minimum component requirements). One of the following tests of English proficiency is acceptable:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    The minimum score requirement for the TOEFL/ibT (internet-based Test) is:
    A minimum overall score of 90 with a minimum score on each component: reading: 22,  writing: 21 listening 22, speaking: 21.
    The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies must receive official notification of the TOEFL score directly from the Princeton office. Please ensure that you use the University of British Columbia’s institution code 0965 and give the reason for taking TOEFL “to enter a college or university as a graduate student”.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)
    The minimum score requirement for the IELTS is:
    A minimum overall score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) of the academic (NOT general) IELTS test.

Timeline to evaluate application files

When your file is complete, the Graduate Studies Committee will evaluate it within a few weeks and make a decision regarding your application.  You will be notified accordingly.