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How to Apply

Applications for Summer 2021 and Academic Year 2021-2022 TA positions are now open. The deadline is Friday, January 31, 2021.

Submission Instructions

All applicants must submit the following:

  • the Teaching Assistant Application (Google Form).  
  • a Cover Letter (One-Page) explaining your qualifications, addressed to the Department Chair (should be uploaded to Google Form).
  • Most recent Unofficial Academic Transcript (should be uploaded to Google Form).
  • CV or resume (should be uploaded to Google Form). Be sure to include information about any past teaching experience or relevant coursework.
  • Records of Past Teaching Experience (optional), such as course syllabi, student or supervisor evaluations, etc. (should be uploaded to Google Form).

If you are currently a student at UW (not necessary for prospective students), please also submit the following:

Finally, if you have never taught in Asian Languages and Literature before , please also submit the following:

  • One recent Letter of Recommendation from a faculty adviser, supervisor, employer, or teacher. Should be sent directly to by letter writer. Prospective students may choose a letter of recommendation from their application to use for the TA Application. Note the letter you have selected in your Teaching Assistant Application.

Finally, please note the following program-specific requirements:

  • Korean language applicants are required to submit a video recording URL from YouTube in their Teaching Assistant Application. Click here for instructions.
  • Japanese language applicants: Any applicant who is a non-native speaker of Japanese (according to the University of Washington’s definition of native speaker, as defined here, under "English as second language") is highly recommended (although not required) to take the proctored ACTFL OPI test for non-native speakers of Japanese. Click here for more information on OPI testing. Arrange for the OPI score to be sent directly to the Academic Counselor at
  • Chinese language applicants: The course "CHIN 540: Seminar on Chinese Linguistics," when the topic is "Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Second Language: From Research to Practice," taught by Professor Chan Lu, is highly recommended to applicants, especially those who do not have any prior experience teaching Chinese to nonnative speakers.


All application materials (including Home Department Statement of Support, Supervisor Recommendation, Letter of Recommendation, etc.) MUST BE emailed to the Academic Counselor at BEFORE the application deadline of January 31, 2021.

After an initial screening process, programs may in some cases additionally require an interview, in person or via Skype, with applicants under consideration. If an interview is requested, you will be contacted via the email address used to submit the application.

If you have questions please contact the Academic Counselor at, phone 206-543-4997.

Application Forms