Spanish-English Translation (Certificate)

The Program

The Translation Program has been designed to meet the increasing local, national, and international demand for professionals, educators, and students interested in meeting the challenges of modern multicultural and multilingual societies.

This year-long program is intended for bilingual (English-Spanish) speakers who wish to learn, improve, or expand their knowledge and skills in oral or written translation.

Participants explore the history, principles, theory, and practice of oral and written translation. They will practice the techniques of legal, medical, technical, general, and literary translation and learn to use specialized dictionaries and other essential reference materials. They will also improve their knowledge of English and Spanish syntaxes, morphologies, and semantic systems.

The Courses

The program consists of two six-credit courses:

FALL (September through December):  SPAN 408 Advanced Techniques and Skills for Translation
SPRING (February through May):  SPAN 409 Advanced Practice of Translation


Award of the Certificate in Spanish/English Translation

A Certificate in Spanish/English Translation is awarded upon successful completion of the Translation Program AND demonstration of excellence by successfully completing a comprehensive examination given by a departmental panel.


Admission Requirements

Students wishing to participate in the Translation Program must complete this application form. To be admitted to the program, participants must pass a proficiency test that can be followed by an online interview.


For information about application procedures, program fees, or registration, please contact:


Peggy Fitzgerald / Latin American and Iberian Studies Department

University of Massachusetts Boston

100 Morrissey Blvd.

Boston MA 02125-3393

Phone:  617.287.7550


For academic and professional information, please contact:

Diego Mansilla

Program Director

Fact Sheet

For further information you may visit the College of Advancing and Professional Studies website