Certificate in Translation & Interpretation


Are you looking to begin a career in interpreting or translation? Perhaps you are a professional translator looking to acquaint yourself with the latest skills and knowledge the industry has to offer, or maybe you simply want to acquire a new skill to help your résumé stand out? You should consider our Translation and Interpretation Certificate Program. Our program allows you to expand your expertise in an area when the time and commitment necessary to complete a standard degree program is not an option. Programs are designed with flexible formats and offer in-depth knowledge and unique insights into the subject matter. A certificate from Florida International University’s Translation and Interpretation Program is a powerful credential that can help you achieve your goals!

Established in 1980, our program offers T&I courses for bilingual students as well as professionals who already have a Bachelor's degree. Our training can place a horizon of opportunities within your reach. There is much demand for translators and interpreters at all levels. Please CLICK HERE to check the Occupation Outlook Handbook.

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This undergraduate academic certificate program is designed to provide the theoretical basis, skills, techniques, and practical experience to prepare students for the field of Translation & Interpreting (English <-> Spanish). The Core Courses cover business practices, work opportunities, and ways of entering the profession, as well as the ethics, standards of practice, techniques, and methods of career development in the field. All courses provide extensive practice in all modes of translation and interpretation.

Students must be fully bilingual in English and Spanish to start the program.

The certificate program consists of 18 semester credit hours. These same 18 credits may also count as electives for the Spanish major for students pursuing a B.A. in Spanish.

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Core Courses: (Take both - 6 credits)

SPT 3800 Foundations of Translation 3
SPT 3812 Foundations of Interpreting 3

Required Courses (Select any 4 courses - 12 credits)

SPT 4803 Legal Translation 3
SPT 4804 Legal Interpretation 3
SPT 4805 Translation in Communication Media 3
SPT 4806 Oral Skills for Interpreters 3
SPT 4807 Business Translation 3
SPT 4808 Technological Translation 3
SPT 4809 Medical Translation 3
SPT 4813 The Interpreter and Language 3
SPT 4814 Conference Interpreting 3
SPT 4820 Computer Aided Translation 3
SPT 4940 Judicial T&I Internship 3
SPT 4941 Professional T&I Internship 3
SPT 4942 Medical Interpreting 3

Cost of the Translation and Interpretation Certificate

Below are approximate tuition costs for online and face-to-face T&I programs.

Online, In-State Tuition $3,932.47 (total)
Online, Non-Resident Tuition $6,039.55 (total)

On-Site, In-State Tuition (taking only on-site courses) $3,797.26 (total)
On-Site, Non-Resident (taking only on-site courses) $11,236.66 (total)

For current costs follow the link below to "FIU Admissions, Registration & Financial Aid"; then click "Student Fees". Each T&I course is 3 undergraduate credits. Given that FIU is a state university, Florida residents pay a reduced tuition. To qualify as a Florida resident you must: a) be a U.S. citizen or resident alien, and b) show the Registrar's Office documentation of your Florida address going back at least one year. For further information visit the Registrar's Office Website at the link below.

Link to: FIU Admissions, Registration & Financial Aid

For more information, please contact Program Director, Dr. Maria Gomez at gomezm@fiu.edu