Admission requirements and procedure

Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting must demonstrate advanced proficiency in both Spanish and English. Prerequisites for admission include an undergraduate/baccalaureate degree granted by an institution of higher education or its equivalent (where Spanish or English is the language of instruction). Students must meet the standard criteria for general admission to the University of Louisville’s School for Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, and supply all standard documentation required for admission. (Those wishing to pursue the graduate certificate in conjunction with a graduate degree program in another UofL department should first apply and be admitted to the degree program before applying for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting.)

To be submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS)

  • SIGS application and application fee.  (Be sure to read application directions carefully before beginning your application.)
  • Transcripts from all accredited institutions where undergraduate and/or graduate credit was earned.  Minimum GPA required for undergraduate work: 3.0 on a four-point scale. (All University of Louisville transcripts will be submitted automatically with completion of an application for graduate study.)
  • Two letters of evaluation.  Letters must be recent (written no more than a year prior to application date). Please ask evaluators to comment specifically on your proficiency in both Spanish and English. Evaluators should mail their completed evaluation form directly to SIGS.
  • TOEFL iBT scores (applicants for whom English is a second language).  Minimum required: 85, though evaluators will give special weight to the reading and writing scores. (Applicants holding a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States are exempt from this requirement.)
  • ACTFL scores Writing Test (applicants for whom Spanish is a second language). Minimum required: Advanced High. (Applicants who have successfully completed graduate coursework in Spanish are exempt from this requirement.)

NOTE: While submission of GRE scores is not required for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting, those students whose undergraduate GPA does not meet minimum requirements for admission might consider submitting scores as a means of demonstrating their true potential for graduate study.  Minimum score required by other graduate programs at the University of Louisville: 900 (combined verbal and quantitative).

To be submitted to the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Translation

  • A personal statement of 1-2 pages (written in the applicant’s second language) discussing how the Graduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting relates to the applicant’s professional or personal goals. Specify which areas of translation are of most interest to the student and detail relevant experience.
  • A CV detailing experience relevant to language proficiency and especially to translation.

Mail statement and CV directly to: Director of the Graduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting, Department of Classical & Modern Languages, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292.

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Complete applications to the Graduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting are considered throughout the academic year, although priority will be given to applications received at least six weeks prior to the intended start date. The Director of the Graduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting reviews applications and, in consultation with the graduate faculty, makes all admission decisions. In some cases, applicants may be admitted on a conditional basis even though application materials are incomplete.