International Applicants

International applicants should review the graduate application requirements for the Center for International Education (CIE):

Applicants must apply and submit materials to the Graduate School through an online application process.

Applying to the MALLT program

To apply to the Graduate School you will need to do the following:

  1. Visit the Graduate School website to review the admission requirements and complete the Graduate School Degree Application.
  2. Pay the application fee(s).
  3. Submit transcripts, marksheets, grade reports, diplomas, certificates, or other academic credentials reflecting coursework from each undergraduate and graduate school from all undergraduate and graduate studies as a part of your application.
  4. Request three letters of recommendation, at least two of which should be from instructors acquainted with your academic work and potential.
  5. Submit a well-developed statement of purpose of at least 500 words, outlining your academic background and interests, reasons for graduate study in the MALLT program, intended concentration, and professional goals. This statement will serve as your writing sample.
  6. Complete all required forms and questionnaires on the graduate school application.
  7. Submit proof of English proficiency if not a native speaker of English (see below).

Proof of English Proficiency

International applicants and non-native speakers of English must demonstrate English proficiency by presenting one of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution, or a non-U.S. English-language institution approved by the UWM Center for International Education. You must have attended this institution for at least two years and achieved an average of B or better.OR
  • Official score reports for either the TOEFL exam (Internet-based format preferred) or the IELTS exam. Please note that the minimum required scores vary depending on your intended area of concentration:

The following minimum total scores are required for admission to the MALLT program with concentration in Classics, Comparative Literature, or Linguistics.

  • TOEFL (3 possible formats):
  • Internet-based (iBT): 92
  • Computer-based (CBT): 237
  • Paper-based: 580
    – OR –
  • IELTS: 7.0

The following minimum total scores are required for admission to the MALLT program with concentration in French, German, Interpreting, Translation or Spanish.

  • TOEFL (3 possible formats):
  • Internet-based (iBT): 83
  • Computer-based (CBT): 220
  • Paper-based: 557
    – OR –
  • IELTS: 6.5

*For applicants intending to concentrate in Classics, Comparative Literature, or Linguistics: You will take classes entirely taught in English; you will be assigned large amounts of reading and be required to write substantial papers and examinations in English.

If your score falls below the expected minimum, you may be considered for admission into MALLT. However, if admitted, you will be asked to take an English assessment test upon arrival at UWM. Depending on your score on the assessment test, you may be required to successfully complete recommended English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Exam Registration

For more information about the TOEFL exam, or to register online, please go to the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website at: Official TOEFL scores are sent electronically from ETS to UWM with institution code 1473.

For more information about the IELTS exam, or to register online, please go to the IELTS website at: