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Request to Use a Foreign Language in Preparation of the Thesis or Dissertation

The thesis or dissertation normally should be written in English. Under exceptional circumstances, another language may be used if prior approval is obtained from the Graduate School. A request to write in a language other than English should be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School by the student’s committee chair, with endorsement by the department head and dean of the college, prior to Admission to Candidacy for the degree sought. The request should include a detailed justification for the exception. In all cases, one thesis or dissertation abstract must be written in English.

Instructions for Thesis/Dissertation Committee Chair

  1. Fill out fields on the form in the Request Information section.
  2. Make sure you include a detailed justification for the request. If more space than that is provided, please attach a separate page to this request.
  3. You can sign the form either using electronic signatures (visit the Graduate School for instructions on the process), or you can print it out and sign it with a pen.
  4. If you have used an electronic signature, save the form and e-mail it to the department head for their approval.
  5. Once the Department Head and Dean of College signatures are received [if you have used an electronic signature], save the form and e-mail it to the student to sign.

Instructions for Department Head

  1. You can sign the form either using electronic signatures (visit the Graduate School for instructions on the process), or you can print it out and sign it with a pen.
  2. If you have used an electronic signature, save the form and e-mail it to the dean of the college for their approval.

Instructions for Dean of the College

  1. You can sign the form either using electronic signatures (visit the Graduate School for instructions on the process), or you can print it out and sign it with a pen.
  2. If you have used an electronic signature, save the form and e-mail it to the committee chair for their approval.

Instructions for Student

  1. Sign the acknowledgement statement using either electronic signatures (visit the Graduate School for instructions on the process), or you can print it out and sign it with a pen.
  2. If you have used an electronic signature, save the form and e-mail it to your committee chair to submit to thesis@utk.edu for processing.