Spanish Translation and Interpreting (Certificate)

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*This program is offered 100% ONLINE*

The Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation and Interpreting offers training in a set of professional skills devised to provide support in other professional areas with significant community impact, like nursing, criminal justice, business management, translation and interpreting in school settings, community interpreting and media communication among others. Students take 15 credits (5 courses) of graduate classes.

  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

     
    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor's  degree  from  a  regionally  accredited  institution  in  the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Personal interview (Online or in person).
    • Letter of recommendation 
    • Submission of a short essay in Spanish.
    • Satisfactory performance essay on the translation of a document from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.
      • A translation test waiver may be granted to applicants who hold a state or federal court or medical interpreting license.

    Students whose native  language is not English  or  who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.

    Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas.

  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Gabriel Gonzalez Nunez

    Office: BMAIN 1.520

    Phone: (956) 882-7658

    E-Mail: gabriel.gonzaleznunez@utrgv.edu

  • Deadlines

    Deadlines:

    Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.

    *Note:

    • This program only admits applicants during Fall, Spring, Summer I and Summer II semesters.
    • Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.
  • Course Requirements

     
    Required Courses 9
    TRSP/SPAN 6340: Translation Theory 3
    TRSP/SPAN 6342: Translation Workshop: Spanish-English 3
    TRSP/SPAN 6343: Translation Workshop: English-Spanish 3
     
    Electives 6
    Choose from the following:
     
    TRSP/SPAN 6344: Translation of Legal Texts 3
    TRSP/SPAN 6345: Translation Topics 3
    TRSP/SPAN 6346: Business and Finance Translation 3
    TRSP/SPAN 6347: Translation Technologies 3
    TRSP/SPAN 6348: Audiovisual Translation 3
    TRSP/SPAN 6395: Translation/Research Project 3
    INTG 6376: Consecutive Interpreting 3
    INTG 6377: Simultaneous Interpreting 3
    INTG 6378: Court Interpreting 3
    INTG 6379: Interpreting Practicum 3
    INTG 6380: Medical Interpreting and Terminology 3
     
    Total hours required: 15

    Course Descriptions

    INTG 6376: Consecutive Interpreting               [3-0]

    Intensive practice in consecutive interpreting with close reference to actual usages among professional interpreters in the United States.

    Prerequisites: TRSP/SPAN 4342 or TRSP/SPAN 6342 or TRSP/SPAN 6343.

    INTG 6377: Simultaneous Interpreting              [3-0]

    Intensive practice in simultaneous interpreting with close reference to actual usages among professional interpreters in the United States.

    Prerequisites: TRSP/SPAN 4342 or TRSP/SPAN 6342 or TRSP/SPAN 6343.


    INTG 6378: Court Interpreting              [3-0]

    Intensive study and practice of sight translation, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting with reference to judiciary application.

    Prerequisites: TRSP/SPAN 4342 or INTG 6376 or INTG 6377.

    INTG 6379: Interpreting Practicum              [3-0]

    Intensive study and practice of sight translation, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting with close reference to terminology, documentation, ethics, and other professional issues. May be taken together with INTG 6378.

    Prerequisites: TRSP/SPAN 4342 or INTG 6376 or INTG 6377.

    INTG 6380: Medical Interpreting and Terminology              [3-0]

    Intensive study of English and Spanish Medical Terminology with a close focus on Medical Interpreting professional practice, code of ethics and translation of medical records.

    Prerequisites: TRSP/SPAN 6342 and 6343 or departmental approval.

    TRSP/SPAN 6340: Translation Theory              [3-0]

    A survey of classic and contemporary translation theories.

    Prerequisite: TRSP/SPAN 3342 or TRSP/SPAN 3343 or TRSP/SPAN 6342 or TRSP/SPAN 6343.

    TRSP/SPAN 6342: Translation Workshop: Spanish-English              [3-0]

    Intensive review of translation techniques and intensive practice of translation from Spanish into English covering a variety of text typologies, including but not limited to general informative texts, literary texts, and technical texts. Taught in Spanish and English.

    Prerequisite: TRSP/SPAN 3342 or TRSP/SPAN 3343 or instructor’s approval.

    TRSP/SPAN 6343: Translation Workshop: English-Spanish              [3-0]

    Intensive review of translation techniques and practice of translation from English into Spanish covering a variety of text typologies, including but not limited to general informative texts, literary texts, and technical texts. Taught in Spanish. All papers, and examinations in Spanish.

    Prerequisites: TRSP/SPAN 3342 or TRSP/SPAN 3343 or instructor’s approval.

    TRSP/SPAN 6344: Translation of Legal Texts              [3-0]

    Intensive practice of translation with texts of legal and judiciary nature, from English into Spanish and vice-versa, with close attention to national and international legal systems.

    Prerequisites: TRSP/SPAN 3342 or TRSP/SPAN 3343 or TRSP/SPAN 6342 or TRSP/SPAN 6343.

    TRSP/SPAN 6345: Translation Topics              [3-0]

    Several topics from the field of Translation Studies including but not limited to Literary Translation, Semiotics, Computer Assisted Translation, Textual Analysis and Linguistics Applied to Translation. This course may be taken three times as topic varies. Taught in Spanish. All papers and examinations in Spanish.

    Prerequisite: TRSP/SPAN 3342 or TRSP/SPAN 3343 or TRSP/SPAN 6342 or TRSP/SPAN 6343.

    TRSP/SPAN 6346: Business and Finance Translation              [3-0]

    Intensive practice of translation with texts on business, finance and commerce, from English into Spanish and vice versa, with close attention to national and international financial and trade institutions and practices. Taught in Spanish. All papers and examinations in Spanish.

    Prerequisites: TRSP/SPAN 3342 or TRSP/SPAN 3343 or TRSP/SPAN 6342 or TRSP/SPAN 6343.

    TRSP/SPAN 6347: Translation Technologies              [3-0]

    An overview of current practices in the usage of computer software for translation, including, but not limited to, computer assisted

    translation, terminology management, software localization and webpage translation. Taught in Spanish. All papers and examinations in Spanish.

    Prerequisites: TRSP/SPAN 3342 or TRSP/SPAN 3343 or TRSP/SPAN 6342 or TRSP/SPAN 6343.

    TRSP/SPAN 6348: Audiovisual Translation              [3-0]

    An overview of current practices in the translation of audiovisual materials, including, but not limited to, dubbing, subtitling, speech recognition, audio description, voice-over and videogames. Taught in Spanish. All papers and examinations in Spanish.

    Prerequisites: TRSP/SPAN 3342 or TRSP/SPAN 3343 or TRSP/SPAN 6342 or TRSP/SPAN 6343.

    TRSP/SPAN 6395: Translation/Research Project              [3-0]

    Mini-thesis, research or translation project, of a theoretical or practical nature, including but not limited to empirical research, hermeneutical or linguistic analysis, or the translation of a complete literary, academic or technical work.

    Prerequisite: TRSP 6340 and SPAN 6342 and SPAN 6343.

  • Testimonials

    Luis-Castaneda

    "I have a PhD and am currently a visiting assistant professor for the Romance Languages Department at SUNY Binghamton University. In 2011, I proudly obtained a Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies from what was then the University of Texas at Brownsville. I am grateful for the knowledge I received from UTRGV’s Translation & Interpreting Programs and professorate – expertise I have been able to apply when translating or teaching the Spanish language." - Luis Y. Castaneda, PhD