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Graduate Student-at-Large: Returning Scholars

How to Apply

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Application deadlines
Round Deadline
Winter Quarter 2023 (international) Nov. 01, 2022
Winter Quarter 2023 Dec. 01, 2022
Spring Quarter 2023 (international) Dec. 15, 2022
Summer Quarter 2023 (international) Mar. 01, 2023
Spring Quarter 2023 Mar. 01, 2023
Summer Quarter 2023 May. 15, 2023
Autumn Quarter 2023 (international) Jun. 01, 2023
Autumn Quarter 2023 Sep. 04, 2023

International applicants requiring a University-sponsored visa should apply by the December 15, 2021 application deadline. 

Step One: Apply Online

The following materials are required to complete the online application:

  • Statement of purpose
  • Current resume
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • Official documentation of BA/BS or equivalent if not included on transcripts
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores if appropriate**
  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Admissions decisions are rolling and applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Late applications will be reviewed for admission to the following quarter. Late applicants are advised to email GSAL admissions staff at

*Applications for the 2023 academic year will be open in early October 2022. We highly recommend you prepare early and review the steps needed to complete the Returning Scholars application process.

**Applicants to the GSAL program who do not meet the English Language Proficiency waiver criteria must submit proof of English language proficiency.

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Step Two: Interview

The GSAL Associate Director, Esther Pandian-Riske, and team will carefully review your application and, should you meet the general application standards, will invite you for either a telephone or in-person interview. The interview is a time for you to share your main objectives and goals for participating in the GSAL, GSAL-B, or RS programs and an opportunity for the interviewer to help contextualize your academic performance thus far, and make collaborative plans for your academic future. During this time, you will have the opportunity to review courses in the upcoming quarter. 

Applicants will be informed of the admissions decision by the end of the interview.

Step Three: Submit Transcripts

Once you are admitted, you must submit official transcripts to:

The University of Chicago Professional Education
Attention: GSAL
455 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Or via email to Transcripts must be submitted by the end of the first week of classes as a GSAL, GSALB, or RS student. Failure to do so may result in the inability to register for courses and disciplinary action.

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