Thank you for your interest in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) program. Please find a link to our PDF brochure, as well as a description of the degree requirements on this site.
The SLAT program currently uses an online application format that may be accessed through the Graduate College website. The SLAT application requests many details and documents about your academic, personal and professional trajectory. Please know that you can log in and out of the system as you prepare your materials for submission. The information you have already uploaded will be saved with your partially completed application. You may continue updating and changing your information until you pay the application fee and make the final submission of your materials.
By clicking on the link below, you will be taken to the University of Arizona Graduate College website. Please follow the instructions to create a username and password. Once in the system you will need to select that you are applying for the Ph.D. program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. You will then be directed to our online application.
Part of the SLAT application includes questions regarding your interest in financial assistance through a Graduate Associate position in Teaching or Research (GAT or GAR). If your application is considered, relevant materials (CV, letters of recommendation) will be forwarded to the appropriate department for review. A small number of fellowships may be available. Decisions regarding fellowship support are made by the SLAT Executive Council after admission decisions have been made.
The application fee is $75.00, to be paid at the end of the online application process.
Applicants to the SLAT Program are asked to use a specific GRE and TOEFL code. The GRE and TOEFL codes are:
- Institution code: 4832 (University of Arizona)
- Department code: NOT NECESSARY. Please do not indicate a departmental code for your SLAT application. Your scores will be received and processed centrally by the University of Arizona Graduate College and then associated with your application by name. Please be sure the name you list on your testing materials and in your application materials match.
International and domestic (U.S.) applicants must submit ALL application materials by December 15 prior to the desired fall admission date. For example, materials must be received by December 15, 2011 for Fall 2012 admission.
The admission criteria established by the Executive Council of the SLAT Program include a review of the following:
- Academic record
- Solid focus on research questions related to L2 acquisition and/or teaching
- Quality of master's level research
- Appropriateness and quality of preparation
- Quality of performance in prior coursework
- Honors and awards indicating exceptional ability
- Statement of purpose: clear articulation of goals related to earning a Ph.D. in SLAT, including research orientation
- Match of SLAT resources to applicant interests
- Second Language (L2) or Foreign Language (FL) teaching, travel, study abroad, and other relevant experiences
- Writing sample: ability to organize and synthesize information; likelihood of success with dissertation requirement
- Recommendations, particularly with respect to academic potential
- Current GRE Aptitude scores and (for international applicants) current TOEFL scores
- L2 competence
- Contribution to SLAT diversity and balance
- Other potential for contributions to the program/profession
If you have any questions regarding the online application or admissions procedures, please call the SLAT office at 1-520-621-7391 or by email at GIDP-SLAT@email.arizona.edu. If you have any academic questions about the SLAT Ph.D. degree, please contact the SLAT Chair and/or the SLAT Academic Advisor.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
1) If I have completed a master's degree, must I retake the GRE?
All applicants must submit current GRE scores (taken less than five years ago). If your scores are out of date, you will need to re-take the exam.
2) Is there a minimum GRE score?
SLAT does not list a minimum score, although entrance to SLAT is competitive and GRE scores are used in a variety of ways to determine applicant proficiency and potential program fit.
3) Must I re-take the iBT, TOEFL or other English-language proficiency exam?
International students from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate English language proficiency to be admitted to the University of Arizona Graduate College. Language proficiency exams must have been taken within the past two years to be valid. International applicants who have completed a master's degree at an institution in an English-speaking country within the past two years do not need to re-take the exam. If your exam scores or your degree from an English-language institution are more than two years old, you will need to re-take the exam. More information on English proficiency requirements may be found here.
4) What is the institution code to submit my GRE and TOEFL scores? What is SLAT's department code?
For both exams, the Institution code for the University of Arizona is 4832. SLAT does not have a department code. Please leave the department code blank to avoid incorrectly routed scores.
5) Where do I mail my transcripts?
Please do not mail transcripts with your application. Transcripts should be scanned and uploaded electronically into the SLAT online application.
6) But seriously, where do I mail my transcripts?
|If you absolutely must send paper documents, please mail them to:|
1423 East University Blvd.
Modern Languages, Room 549
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0067
Students who are recommended for admission by the SLAT admissions committee will be asked to submit original transcripts after their files have been reviewed. Final admission to the University of Arizona depends on receipt and verification of official transcripts from all institutes of higher education attended by the applicant.
7) May I submit recommendation letters, or must they come directly from the letter writer?
|SLAT prefers letters be submitted electronically through the online letter module availble through the online application. However, if a letter writer cannot use the electronic module, letters may be printed on official letterhead and mailed in sealed, signed envelopes to the address indicated above, or else may they send an electronic letter from their professional email address to GIDP-SLAT@email.arizona.edu. As long as the letters are sealed and signed by the recommender across the seal, they may be mailed by either the letter writer or the applicant. Please note that SLAT does not provide a form or template to include with letters submitted on paper.|