Applying to Penn

You should apply to the University of Pennsylvania by January 1. The December 15 deadline mentioned on the Graduate School webpage is in effect for many programs, but not for Germanic (FIGS).

In addition to a personal statement* about your background and interest in graduate research in German and your curriculum vitae, the Department requires letters of recommendation, transcripts, and a writing sample. Typically, candidates for a degree in German will have majored in German or otherwise established their credentials in the field (e.g., extensive study abroad; minor in German with other experience; major in another field with strong German component.) Because many of the courses offered in the Program are conducted in German and the faculty believe that near-native fluency is essential for those who leave Penn with graduate degrees in German, applicants are expected to be proficient in the language.

Please go to the Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences homepage to apply online and to obtain more general information on the Graduate Programs at Penn. Click here to go directly to the online application. GRE scores are not required. The application fee is $90.00. Payments must be made by credit card, check, or international postal money order written in U.S. currency and made payable to the "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania." Application fee waiver inquiries and requests can be sent to gdasadmis@sas.upenn.eduPlease contact the Graduate Coordinator, Laura Flippin ( or Graduate Chair, Eva Del Soldato ( with any questions.

*In the personal statement, all Ph.D. applications within the Graduate Division of Arts & Sciences should address the following:
Please describe how your background and academic experiences have influenced your decision to pursue a graduate degree and led you to apply to Penn. Your essay should detail your specific research interests and intellectual goals within your chosen field. Please provide information about your educational trajectory, intellectual curiosity and academic ambitions. If you have overcome adversity and/or experienced limited access to resources or opportunities in your field of study, please feel free to share how that has affected the course of your education. We are interested in your lived experiences and how your particular perspective might contribute to the inclusive and dynamic learning community that Penn values and strives to create.