Are You Bilingual?

Turn your language skills into an exciting new medical, legal or business career with a certificate in Spanish-English Translation from the University of Arizona!

  • The need for translators is expected to grow 18% between 2016 and 2026, faster than other jobs.
  • In 2016, the average salary for translators in Arizona was $48,000.

The Spanish-English Translation Certificate Program is intended for bilingual speakers with no formal training in translation who wish to improve or expand their knowledge and skills in oral or written translation. The program is also an excellent way to prepare for the ATA certification exam.

Convenient online classes let you learn anywhere, any time, on your schedule.

Spanish-English Translation Certificate Program

The Spanish-English Translation Certificate Program is a 3-course, 16-week online program designed to train entry-level translators to meet the needs of doctors' offices, hospitals, courts, law offices, schools and other settings.

Students may take all three courses—Medical, Legal, and Business Translation—or just one course at a time. A UA Certificate in Translation is awarded upon successful completion of all 3 courses and a comprehensive examination.

Upon completing the program, students will have:

  • Practiced translating medical, legal, and business content from English to Spanish and Spanish to English
  • Knowledge of English and Spanish health, legal and business terminology
  • Knowledge of how to make translation decisions on the basis of the translation requirements
  • Training in cultural competency
  • Preparation to work in health and legal settings

Price: $750 per course or $2250 for all three courses (UA employees, military, and Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce members receive a 10% discount)

You will need to successfully complete an application before registering for the program. The application includes a background information form and a written entrance exam to test proficiency in English and Spanish. Applying is free. Once you pass the exam, you will be able to register and pay for classes.

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Medical Translation

The Medical Spanish-English Translation course provides guided practice in the successful completion of professional translation tasks involving texts in the medical domain, such as health care forms, health information texts, health/patient education, and legal documents in the healthcare setting.

Dates: May 14-August 27, 2018

Legal Translation

Spanish-English Legal Translation provides guided practice in the successful completion of professional translation tasks involving texts common within the legal domain, such as legal forms and documents in the civil, commercial and criminal domain.

Choose from two upcoming sessions: May 14-August 27 OR September 4-December 18, 2018

Business Translation

The Spanish-English Business Translation course provides guided practice in the successful completion of professional translation tasks involving texts in the business/financial domain. Business Translation will be particularly useful to those interested in pursuing translation careers in marketing, retail, banking, finance and other business areas. 

Dates: September 4-December 18, 2018


Dr. Sonia Colina is Professor of Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona, and is the former president of the American Translation and Interpreting Studies Association (ATISA). Sonia Colina is an expert in translation studies and translation pedagogy. Dr. Colina is the author of Fundamentals of Translation and of numerous articles in edited volumes and prestigious journals. She is on the editorial board of Translation and Interpreting Studies (TIS) and on the International Advisory Board of the Translator and Interpreter Trainer. In addition to her academic and scholarly work, Sonia Colina has created and presented a variety of workshops for professional translators, managers of translators, and teachers of translation. 

Henry Rugeles is a Federally Certified Court Interpreter who works as a Judicial Interpreter and Legal Translator for the New Jersey Judiciary. Mr. Rugeles is also the CEO for Rugeles Language Services, and has taught courses in translation at a variety of academic institutions, including Rutgers University, Brookdale College, and New York University. He has done translation/interpreting contract work for US District Courts, federal agencies, and language service providers. He holds an MA in Translation & Interpreting from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. 


Call us at 520-626-3343 or see the Translation Certificate Program FAQs.