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Application to the Graduate Program

Students who wish to be admitted to the School of Liberal Arts graduate program in Latin American Studies should contact the Graduate Advisor in the Stone Center for more information on the application process. The completed online application must be submitted by February 1 for admission for the next academic year. Students may also download a .pdf version of the application file which is available at the School of Liberal Arts graduate program website.

Tulane’s standards for admission are very high. We seek applicants who have developed the critical capacities for advanced work and are especially interested in attracting new students who will go on to complete doctoral degrees. We also seek students who have already developed the language skills needed for advanced work.

The School of Liberal Arts will not consider any student for admission until all the following documents, plus the $45 application fee, have been received:

  • completed application form
  • three completed recommendation forms
  • official transcripts of all undergraduate records and of any previous graduate work
  • a statement of career objective and potential research program not to exceed 500 words
  • an official score report for the Graduate Record Examination General Test. All transcripts and other documents and material required for application for admission become the property of the School of Liberal Arts and are not returnable.

In addition to the School of Liberal Arts requirements, the Stone Center recommends the submission of examples of written work and information about language ability. A good working knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese is essential. Students are expected to pass a language examination in Spanish or Portuguese during the first year of study. The required level of competence in Spanish and Portuguese corresponds to “intermediate” on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) scale. This competency is considered a minimum requirement. Students are encouraged to develop additional languages as needed by their research fields.

Applications are first received by the Stone Center Graduate Advisor. A Center admissions committee consisting of Tulane Latinamericanists representing various disciplines considers individual credentials. This committee begins reviewing applications in mid-February, and makes recommendations about admission and financial aid to the School of Liberal Arts Dean. The School of Liberal Arts will send letters of acceptance explaining the financial and academic terms of Tulane’s offer. The Stone Center Graduate Advisor will also call the applicant to discuss details of the admission offer.

Note: The Stone Center can also admit students under very special circumstances in January, but financial aid is generally not available.

Admission is on the basis of academic accomplishments and potential, regardless of race, sex, color, religion, national/ethnic origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

Financial Aid

Application for financial aid is accomplished by checking the appropriate box on the application form. Students may be admitted any semester, but financial aid decisions are made only in March and April for the entire subsequent year. In order to be eligible for financial aid, an applicant should have a complete application packet in to the School of Liberal Arts by February 1 for the following fall semester.

Applicants applying for admission without financial aid should meet the following deadlines: July 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.

GRE

All applicants for admission, including those applying to any of the joint degree programs, must take at their own expense the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The test scores will be used, along with the other application materials, to determine eligibility for admission and to aid in counseling the applicant after admission. Students should write directly to the Graduate Record Examination, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000 to request information on the date of the exam in your city or state. For more information regarding the GRE, potential applicants may also visit the GRE website.

Non-Native English-Speaking Students

An applicant for admission who is not a native speaker of English must present satisfactory evidence of sufficient competence in English in reading comprehension, writing, verbal ability and oral comprehension. Ordinarily, the applicant will demonstrate competence by presenting an acceptable score on TSE (Test of Spoken English), normally a minimum score of 220. If TSE is not available in the applicant’s area of the world, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) may be taken instead, with a minimum score of 600 acceptable for admission. Applicants who do not meet these score requirements but are otherwise exceptionally qualified may be granted provisional admission with the stipulation that said students take an ESL course for the first semester in residence and then retest in the Winter before being allowed to continue study at Tulane. For information about these exams, write TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151.

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Latin American Graduate Oraganization (LAGO) 2018 Conference: Call for Proposals

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The Latin American Graduate Organization will be hosting its 2018 Latin American Studies Conference titled Thinking of the Future: Expanding the possible in the Americas (Pensando en el porvenir: Expandiendo lo posible en las Américas) February 23 – 25, 2018, at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year, the conference topic is meant to challenge academics and activists to move beyond critiques and recommendations of how to address modern days issues, and instead articulate a vision of and for the future.

The LAGO Conference welcomes all disciplines and all approaches, as long as the project attempts to grapple with the idea of building something better. This is a Latin American Studies Conference, but creative writers, journalists, artists, performers, organizers, lawyers and healthcare providers as well as graduate students and other academics are welcome. Proposals are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and English.

Deadlines: Abstracts of papers and projects are due November 25, 2017. Abstracts of papers or project descriptions must not exceed 300 words.

Please contact lago.tulane@gmail.com with questions. For more information, visit the official conference website.