To be accepted for admission to the program, a candidate 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 successful academic achievement in completion of an undergraduate degree. Either a B.A. or a B.S. is possible, but a B.A. is preferred because it usually indicates interest and training in areas relevant to the CII’s content and orientation.
- Provide official transcripts from the institutions of higher education showing all undergraduate and previous graduate study, if applicable. A GPA of at least 3.0 as an undergraduate is preferred.
- Provide a professional résumé addressing one’s educational and professional background.
- Provide two letters of recommendation from professors at the college level. If the applicant has been out of school for more than two years, the letters of recommendation may be provided by current or past supervisors.
- Attend an interview with the Program Director. All students will be interviewed by the Director or 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 and/or professional achievement up to that point.
- Provide evidence of an “Advanced” Level in Spanish. This may be determined in a variety of ways and will be left to the discretion of the Program Director. Some typical indicators are as follows:
- as an undergraduate, a Spanish major, minor, or double major with a GPA in Spanish above 3.0
- working experience as a translator/interpreter
- bilingual competency despite the lack of academic credits specifically in language courses
- successful completion (evidenced by official transcript) of studies in a Spanish-speaking country at the University level with a comparable grading system and the level expected is “notable” or higher equivalent to a “B”;
It is preferable (but not required) that candidates for admission to the CII have done some kind of work, voluntary or compensated, in a setting involving intercultural interaction. Typical kinds of experience are community-oriented outreach, hospital volunteering, and an undergraduate internship at a place where Spanish is spoken or written as part of the normal routine, and/or part-time work in a school, business, law firm, or clinic where Spanish is used routinely.
The program is also intended to serve working professionals who might have already had formal experience in one of the areas of specialization (legal, healthcare, and business Spanish). For these individuals the letters of recommendation required could come from employers, past and present.
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