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Following La Salle’s general admissions standards for graduate programs in liberal arts, candidates for the Certification in Interpretation, Spanish-English/English-Spanish, must meet the following minimum requirements:
- 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
- A GPA of at least 3.0 as an undergraduate is desirable.
- Two letters of recommendation from professors at the college level. If the applicant has been “out of school” for more that 2 years, the letters of recommendation may be provided by current or past supervisors.
- 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 an undergraduate, a Spanish Major, Minor, or Double Major with 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 (grading system will be comparable, and the level expected is “notable” or higher = B). Finally, demonstrated language skills with Spanish and English as determined, through interview, by the Director of the program. All students will be interviewed by the Director or the Academic Advisor, 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 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, undergraduate internship at a place where Spanish is spoken or written as part of the normal routine, 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 may 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.
The application for admission may be obtained by contacting:
The Hispanic Institue/Box 247
La Salle University
1900 West Olney Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Please note: on-line (free of charge) applications for admission may be filed by accessing La Salle’s website: www.lasalle.edu
“Paper” applications require a $35 fee.
Tuition and Fees: (2009-10)
Tuition (per credit): $595 (subject to change without notice)
General University Fee per semester: $85
Reinstatement fee: $50
Carmen Lamas, Ph.D.
The Hispanic Institute at La Salle University
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
La Salle University reserves the right to alter or change this information
at any time, without notice.