Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Hispanic Studies

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Meet Sebastien Kouakou, PhD candidate in Hispanic Studies

“The Hispanic Studies program is open to interdisciplinary and professional development opportunities which nurture my career.”

Supervisor: Victoria Wolff

Where is “home” for you?
I am a citizen of Ivory Coast but "home" for me is where l feel welcomed and comfortable living.

Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
The quality of the Hispanic Studies program, especially the professors who are very supportive and building a community where both students and faculty enjoy academia. In addition, the reasonably affordable cost of life. London is a quiet and peaceful city that offers me the appropriate environment I look for in terms of studies.

Where’s your favourite place on campus?
Weldon Library, gives me access to resources and l can still consult the staff for their assistance when looking for a document in the Western Library catalogues. The Western Libraries offer a variety of resources accessible electronically and physically.

Have you worked as a TA or RA?
My TA experience is a very rich one. My TA experience has given me an opportunity to teach in a multicultural classroom environment.

What is your “dream” career?
My dream is to positively impact my generation by promoting peace and justice for a better world where every single citizen feels appreciated, loved and cared regardless of their origin, race or social rank. I would also like to promote quality and accessible education in developing countries. I am currently working on a project to reform the educational system in Ivory Coast and Ghana.

Program Websites


Program Contact

Sylvia Kontra (skontra@uwo.ca)
Graduate Affairs Assistant

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Western University
Arts & Humanities Building, Room 3R02
London, Ontario N6A 3K7

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 85846
f. 519-661-4093

Welcome to the Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies at Western. This program distinguishes itself from others because of our innovative approaches to Hispanic Studies. In our Literature and Culture programs we focus on connections in time, geography and medium. Our strengths lie in Transatlantic studies, Visual arts, text and music, Digital Humanities and their place in Hispanic Culture. The Linguistic stream focuses on an experimental approach to language acquisition, language loss, heritage speakers and language change due to contact.

Among other opportunities offered in our programs, students may be able to participate in the ground breaking research that takes place in the CulturePlex, the Digital Humanities lab which is unique in Canada.

Times to Completion

  • 12 Terms (4 years)

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Details

Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum of 80% overall average in the Master's degree.
  • Project Proposal (5-7 pages double spaced and references).

Additional Requirements

  • Students are expected to pass a test of reading knowledge in a language other than Spanish and English before graduation.

Test Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline(s)

  • February 1 - Acceptance notification at the beginning of April