As an American, if I get a Master of Modern Languages in Italy, how hard would it be to get into an American PhD program?

My end goal is to be a professor of one or two languages at an American University but I want to do my Master's in Italy, studying French, Spanish and German, (studying through Italian.)

How hard would it be for me, if I had great grades and recommendations, to then get into a reputable PhD program in America afterwards?

I'm thinking about somewhere in Tuscany because that's where I have lots of friends and family, so either Pisa or Siena University.

More details:

  1. I'm bilingual in Italian, I can read well enough to read adult literature, and I write well enough to be mistaken for a native. (My accent gives away I'm a foreigner during longer conversations.)

  2. I could become an Italian citizen, (I have all the necessary paper work, I just haven't brought it to the embassy yet.)

  3. I want to do my Master's in Europe, because whenever I'm in America I get sucked back into my English/Spanish/Italian life, and I get rusty at my other languges, (I speak 6 "world" languages "fluently", (three languages at C1/2 and three at B2/B2+).

  • and then a PhD in what?? (the connection between the MA you're describing and your later plans is opaque without that).
    – virmaior
    Oct 28 '18 at 4:27
  • "adult" literature or literature beyond kids books? Oct 29 '18 at 3:26
  • @AzorAhai Written works intended to be read by fully literate native speakers. Oct 29 '18 at 5:15
  • Location of friends and family is generally not the best argument to choose a university program...
    – Greg
    Oct 29 '18 at 16:08

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