Acceptance & Registration

Acceptance & Matriculation

The final deadline for applications is February 1, 2020, and applications will be assessed on a rolling basis from November 1, 2019 onward. Decisions on admission and financial aid will be announced by February 25, 2020. Seminar distribution will be announced by mid-April 2020 and colloquia groups will be created shortly afterward. We'll create a special website where all electronic course packs will be uploaded and password-protected.

Admitted applicants who have tuition to pay will have until April 1 to submit a non-refundable $200 deposit, which will be applied to their tuition and will hold their place in the Institute. The remainder of the tuition is due by 1 June 2020. Those students who receive tuition waivers will not be required to pay this deposit, but will be asked to write an email to the IWL to confirm their participation in the Institute. The tuition deposit and the tuition balance may be paid online here or by check, payable to “The Institute for World Literature.” Please ensure enough time for checks to arrive by the due date.

For a concise schedule of important dates, see our 2020 Calendar.

Advance Seminar Registration

To enable the IWL to plan its summer schedule, prospective participants must indicate on their application form their preferences for the two-week seminars they would most like to attend. This can be conveniently done by dragging and dropping, in order of preference, the listed seminars for each of the two-week sessions. Participants will be assigned to two seminars (one for each two-week session), and the full course packs will be made available via our Dropbox account in late April. Acceptance of the offer of admission to the Institute will constitute acceptance of this seminar assignment.

The Institute will strive to place participants in at least one of their top-two seminar choices.