University of California, Irvine

School of Humanities

East Asian Languages and Literatures - PhD


UC Irvine Graduate Division

University of California

Irvine, CA 92697

United States


(949) 824-5544


(949) 824-7993

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. - East Asian Languages and Literatures

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department offers a program of graduate study leading to the PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures, with concentrations in Chinese, Japanese and East Asian Cultural Studies. The graduate program emphasizes rigorous training in language and textual analysis, with equal attention given to the historical, social, and cultural dimensions of literary study. In addition to more traditional vocabularies of criticism and theory, the curriculum encourages exploration of recent challenges to established conceptual and methodological frameworks. The program builds on the foundation of a faculty whose research interests engage major issues in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literature and culture, while developing connections with the larger community of scholarship at UC Irvine

The following graduate emphases are available to all enrolled graduate students: Asian American Studies, Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, Feminist Studies, Translation Studies and Visual Studies.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

International Student Requirements:

Applicants of recognized academic institutions outside the United States should have completed degree programs representing a minimum of 16 years of schooling with at least 12 years at the primary and secondary levels. International applicants are also required to submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores along with their application TOEFL scores are required for an applicant who is not a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and whose primary language is not English. (The TOEFL requirement is waived only when you have attended an upper learning institution for at least 2 years and have received a degree in the U.S.) (UC Irvine's TOEFL Institution Code: 4859)

Facts & Figures

In State Tuition (per year): 14944 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 30046 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Tuition assistance is available through student loans

Locale: Midsize City

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