To be accepted for admission to the Certificate in Translation Program (CIT) or the Certificate in Interpretation Program (CII) candidates must:
- Complete the Application for Admission which may be obtained at http://lasalle.edu/grad/ accompanied by the stipulated application fee payable to La Salle University. The application fee is waived for applications submitted online.
- Provide evidence of a successful academic achievement in completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college.
- Provide official transcripts from the institutions of higher education showing all undergraduate and previous graduate study (if applicable) an overall GPA (grade point average) of 3.0 or higher (as an undergraduate) is desirable.
- Provide a professional résumé addressing one’s educational and professional background.
- Provide two letters of recommendation from former professors (undergraduate or graduate) are required. If the applicant has been out of school for three years or longer, current or past supervisors may issue the letters of recommendation.
- Attend an interview with the Program Director. All students will be interviewed by the Director, the Graduate Academic adviser, or both for language assessment purposes. Inability to show sufficient linguistic competency with the English/Spanish language pair will result in a “no admission” decision irrespective of academic achievement up to that point.
- Provide evidence of an advanced level in Spanish. This may be determined in a variety of ways and, ultimately, it will be left to the discretion of the Program Director. Some typical indicators are as follows:
- when the applicant achieved, at the undergraduate level, a major, minor or double major in Spanish with a GPA of 3.0 or higher;
- when the applicant has secured working experience as a translator (Spanish-English)
- when the applicant is able to demonstrate bilingual competency (Spanish-English) despite a lack of academic credits in language courses; or
- when the applicant has experienced immersion language skill acquisition at a foreign university program sanctioned by an accredited U.S. university and he/she has received a grade of “notable” (B) or better.
It is preferable (but not determinant) that candidates for admission have working experience (voluntary or compensated) in a setting involving intercultural interaction. Typical kinds of experiences include community-oriented outreach programs, hospital volunteering, an undergraduate/graduate internship at a place where Spanish is spoken and/or written as a matter of routine, or part-time or full-time work at a school, business, law firm, or clinic/hospital where the applicant used Spanish in performing his or her duties.
Finally, since the program is also intended to serve professionals who may already have experience in one of the areas of specialization (legal, medical, or business Spanish) but not the others, the recommendations required for these applicants may be supplied by the current/previous employer’s appropriate supervisor.
Please refer to the University’s Nondiscrimination Policy in the General Reference section of this catalog. Admission is based solely upon applicant’s qualifications.
All documents should be sent to the following:
Office of Graduate Enrollment
La Salle University- Box 826
1900 W. Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
215.951.1100/ Fax 215.951.1462