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NELC Admissions

The first step in the NELC Departmental Admissions process for is being admitted to Indiana University. Please visit Indiana University Graduate Admissions for a link to the application and further instructions.

NELC Application Materials

  1. One copy of your transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Test scores (GRE or TOEFL as appropriate)
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Statement of Purpose (1–2 pages)
  6. Writing sample (5–10 pages)

Please note: While you can submit photocopies of your transcripts and test scores with your NELC application, you ultimately will be required to submit official copies of these documents to the university. All domestic applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Indiana University Bloomington's institution code for all ETS scores is 1324. This can receive scores for all departments at IUB; there is no need for an additional departmental code. Please note that only one of these tests need be submitted for application, the GRE for domestic applicants, and the TOEFL for international applicants. If the graduate applicant's native language is not English, the College requires a score of at least 79 on the TOEFL iBT (delivered via the internet). Please note that the paper-based TOEFL ITP exam - sometimes called the institutional TOEFL - offered by the Intensive English Program on the Bloomington campus, cannot be used in place of the TOEFL iBT. Alternatively, an international applicant may submit the result of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination in lieu of the TOEFL iBT. The College requires a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS for graduate admission. The recommended GRE*** score is 600 minimum in either the quantitative or the qualitative sections, and a 4.5 on the writing section. Please see the NELC Graduate Handbook or the NELC Graduate Bulletin for more specific information.

International applicants who are interested in first completing coursework with the Intensive English Program (IEP) must apply directly to the IEP via their website. The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Studies is not affiliated with IEP, and cannot assist international applicants with this applications process. NELC also does not offer conditional acceptance on the basis of intent to participate in IEP or the intent to pass the TOEFL test. All international applicants must pass the TOEFL before they can be accepted into any Indiana University graduate program.


The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures will consider applications filed by the appropriate Indiana University deadlines. Applications received past these university deadlines will not be reviewed. The university deadlines are as follow:

International students: December 1
Domestic students: January 15

Click here to apply online.

Please read our frequently asked questions page.

For any further questions about the application process, please feel free to contact us.

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