The Foreign Language and ESL Education Ph.D. program is designed for individuals with demonstrated success in language teaching.

It combines the expertise of program faculty with resources from many areas of the college and university: teacher education, second language teaching and learning, assessment, educational linguistics, technology integration in education, and second language literacy. Students are encouraged to choose a related area within education to enhance their knowledge of both national and international educational systems.

Application Deadlines

  • January 5 (Fall semester)*
  • October 1 (Spring semester)

*January 5 to be considered for departmental financial assistiance. Applications accepted on a rolling basis after that date.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale
  • Graduate GPA of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test – verbal and quantitative
  • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum scores of 100 (internet-based) with a speaking score of 26 and a writing score of 25 (for international applicants whose first language is not English) - English Proficiency Requirements
  • Two years of experience teaching a foreign language or English, either within or outside of the United States
  • M.A. degree or significant graduate coursework in a foreign language or foreign/second language education

Application Procedure

  1. Create an application account to begin the application process.
  2. Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password which you will use to access MyUI, our online service center for students and applicants.
  4. You will use your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload required supplemental materials.

Required Supplemental Materials

All materials must be submitted in English.

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University’s institutional code is 6681)
  • Official TOEFL scores (required for some non-native speakers of English)
  • Evidence of two years of successful teaching experience
  • A statement of purpose explaining applicants professional goals
  • A sample of academic writing
  • Three letters of recommendation*

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

Contacts

Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services, 319/335-5260, sue-cline@uiowa.edu.

We look forward to receiving your application!

The University of Iowa's General Catalog contains details about the coursework and comprehensive exams for the Ph.D. in Foreign Language and ESL Education

Employment Opportunities
  • Researchers in foreign language and ESL education
  • Foreign language and ESL education program administrators
  • Leaders in academia, government, or the private sector where in-depth knowledge of language educational issues is required
Application Deadlines
  • January 5 (Fall semester)*
  • October 1 (Spring semester)

*January 5 to be considered for departmental financial assistiance. Applications accepted on a rolling basis after that date.

Application Questions