SLAT students come from a wide variety of personal and academic backgrounds. Generally, 80-90 U.S. and international students enroll in the program each year. All students who have been admitted to the program have already earned a master’s degree or its equivalent prior to enrollment. Quality indicators include high GPAs and awards prior to admission, including scholarships for undergraduate and/or master’s level study from U.S. and international sources, presentations at conferences and/or publications.
SLAT students are strongly encouraged to be active in local, national, and international professional organizations. Because most SLAT students play a significant role in programs for basic language instruction (including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish), criteria for admission include successful prior experience as language teachers.