How do I apply for the Spanish-English Translation Certificate Program?

To apply for the program, you fill out an application form and take a written entrance exam to test proficiency in English and Spanish. Once you pass the exam, we will provide you with the informatoin you need to register and pay for classes. Start your application here.

Does the certification allow me to work as a translator/interpreter?  

There exists no official government issued certification in the US to work as a translator. The translation certificate is an educational credential that employers take as an indication of your level of skill and knowledge. 

What kinds of career opportunities will this program open up for me?

This course is intended to put students on a direct path toward job market success. It accomplishes this goal by incorporating a curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of employers in the areas of Medical, Legal, and Business Translation.

Do I need to take all three courses?

To obtain the Certificate you need to take all three courses. However, we can offer a certificate of completion if you have taken only one or two courses.

How many courses should I take per semester?

Unless you are taking courses full-time, we do not recommend you take more than 1 or 2 courses simultaneously.

Do I need to have formal training in translation prior to enrolling in this program?

No, this course is intended for bilingual English-Spanish speakers with no formal training in translation. Textual (i.e. writing) proficiency is required in both languages.

In order to apply and enroll, do I need to have a high school diploma or GED?

No, technically you do not have to have one. However, your educational record is considered in your application in conjunction with your other materials (resume, quiz, etc.).

Are there any funding or fellowship opportunities available?

At the moment, no.

Will I be a certified translator after taking all three courses?

No. You will have a Certificate in Translation (i.e., an academic credential).  There is no government-issued translation certification in the US.  Some organizations offer tests to translators (and interpreters). The translators who pass the test are certified by that organization.  A well-known test is the one offered by the American Translators Association.

How do online classes work?

The online translation courses are asynchronous, and self-paced with a few deadlines for submission of assignments and online discussions.   The course revolves around guided translation assignments (with exercises) and feedback about those assignments. 

Is there a specific time that we need to be online to watch a professor live? 

No, there are no live videos and no specific times you need to be online participating. You can participate in discussions at your leisure but will need to abide by the due dates provided. 

How much time per week should I expect to spend in this class? 

Depending on how many classes you are taking, you will have work every week for each class. Expect to spend between 5-8 hours a week on each class, depending on the assignment and your level of skill/interest.