Candidates for admission to the Certificate in Translation Program (CIT) or the Certificate in Interpretation programs at La Salle University must meet the following admission standards:
- Applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college.
- An overall GPA (grade point average) of 3.0 or higher (as an undergraduate) is desirable.
- 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.
- The applicant must 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: (1) when the applicant achieved, at the undergraduate level, a major, minor, or double major in Spanish with a GPA of 3.0 or higher; (2) when the applicant has secured working experience as a translator (Spanish-English); (3) when the applicant is able to demonstrate bilingual competency (Spanish-English) despite a lack of academic credits in language courses; or (4) 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. 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.
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.
Applicants are considered for acceptance into the program throughout the academic year. The application for admission may be obtained by contacting the Graduate Academic Adviser, Ms. Guadalupe Da Costa Montesinos, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 215.991.3592, by fax at 215.991.3546, or by mail at La Salle University, 1900 West Olney Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19141.
Candidates may also contact the Director, Dr. Carmen E. Lamas directly via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 215.951.1209.
Please note: Online applications for admission may be filed by accessing La Salle’s Web site, www.lasalle.edu.