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Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation Studies
Basic Certificate Information
The Certificate in Spanish Translation Studies is a 15-hour option in Spanish graduate studies with its primary focus on the language skills necessary to perform translation. Translation is defined as the rendering of a written text from a source language into another, while interpretation is the rendering of spoken language from a source language into another. Although this program will focus on the former rather than on the latter, both draw on the same type of general linguistic skills as those gained by studies in literature, language, and culture. This certificate focuses more closely on their practical applications in modern day life than the more comprehensive M.A. in Spanish does, with a total of 36 hours. In addition to meeting university-wide admission requirements, either as a special graduate student or a degree-seeking student in a graduate program, all prospective students must pass a written entrance exam in both languages to determine linguistic competence and general cultural preparation. The Department will administer the exams and will inform applicants as to the date and time of their administration.
Admission Requirements and Prerequisites
Admission requirements and prerequisites: May require leveling courses to be determined by department. Please consult advisor for the program.
Specific Degree Requirements: In addition to meeting University-Wide admissions requirements either as a special graduate student or a degree-seeking student in a graduate program, all prospective students must pass a written entrance examination in Spanish and English to determine linguistic competence and general cultural preparation. Applicants must take the exam before their application can be sent to the department for review. In order to take the exam, students should contact Marina Gonzalez (210-458-5226 or firstname.lastname@example.org), at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures office. Applicants have two hours to complete the exam. It is recommended that applicants use their personal computers, as dictionaries can be used during the exam.
Other Degree Requirements: Entrance- and exit-level skills in both languages will be no lower than Level 3 and Level 4, respectively, according to the U.S. Government's Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Skill Level Descriptions for Translation Performance.
Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet
Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5
Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.