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Romance Languages and Literatures with Emphasis in Spanish, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 72 months
University rank #28 (QS) , CA,
The Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures (RLL) is a doctorate in three Romance languages and literatures taught in the Departments of French, Italian Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese, prepared with emphasis in one of the three. Students may opt for either a literature track or a linguistic track


The mission of the RLL program is:

  • To take a multilingual approach to language and literature.
  • To combine literary and linguistic study.
  • To offer flexibility in the design of students’ programs: the unity of a common heritage and common evolution of the Romance family allows diversity in topics and approaches.
  • To train Romance scholars of linguistics, literature and culture who can take jobs in Romance language departments, single language departments, or linguistics departments.

Students present a combination of courses and personal study to satisfy the requirements of the particular track to which they have been admitted. Although there are some explicit requirements, there is no minimum number of courses required to sit for the Qualifying Examination. Instead, each student’s precise course of study is developed in close consultation with the RLL Graduate Advisor for Spanish & Portuguese.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

In the Literature track, students will gain a detailed knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese literature.They will also develop sufficient familiarity with Italian and French literature so as to allow them to do the focused comparative work necessary for the preparation of the Qualifying Examination. 

In the Linguistics track, students will gain in-depth knowledge of the structure and history (internal and external) of Spanish or Portuguese. They will also develop expertise in the linguistics of two other Romance languages and specialize in an area of general or applied linguistics. 

 Core courses. All RLL students must pass, with a grade of B or better, two core courses:

  • Linguistic History of Romance Languages 
  • Comparative Studies in Romance Literatures and Culture

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  •  A Master’s Degree in a Linguistics field for applicants to HLL Linguistics is highly recommended.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts – All undergraduate and graduate work from each institution attended
  • GRE scores are not required for the Hispanic Languages & Literatures program
  • Writing samples should be in the form of thesis or research paper on a topic relevant to the fields of Romance and/or Hispanic languages and literature (about 15-20 pages. English, Spanish, and Portuguese are accepted)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
  • National

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
  • In-State

    18856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9428 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
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Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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