Designed for bilingual adults who may or may not already be working in the field of translation, the program offers high-level instruction and professional training from active professionals.
It can set you apart from the competition and certify to potential employers that you possess the bilingual proficiency, cultural understanding, theoretical knowledge, and skill set they are looking for. Graduates of our program go on to own and operate their own translation businesses, freelance, work for private companies or work within the public sector.
In-class options not available.
*Cost does not include textbooks or additional electives.
*Varies by student and courses taken per quarter.
Ready to enroll? Enroll online or call Student Services at 858-534-3400.
Questions about our classes or certificates? Contact our department at 858-534-5760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program
From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable.
It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.
Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits.
See Certificate FAQs for more information.
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Total fluency in both English and Spanish, including the ability to speak, read, and write at a second year university level, is required. Fluency is determined by a written online entrance exam. Select courses may be taken prior to passing the entrance exam.
Director and Professor, Linguistics Language Program
University of California, San Diego
Owner/Operator, Greensfield Translations
Past President & Chair of Professional Development, ATA
Owner/Operator, Twin Translations; Vice President, NITA
Author, Entrepreneurial Linguist column, The Chronicle, ATA
Instructor, Translation and Interpretation
UC San Diego Extension
The employment outlook for translators over the next decade is very good, with an expected increase of 17% overall (learn more from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics).
Yes! This program can be completed entirely online. All assignments, discussion posts, and tests can be completed online and submitted through Blackboard, our online learning platform. For the online translation courses you are not required to login to Blackboard at a specific time but homework is due each week by a specified deadline (ie the class is asynchronous but not self-paced due to weekly deadlines).
The link for UCSD Extension’s Blackboard is: https://ucsdextension.blackboard.com/
You can also preview Blackboard with a short tour.
Yes, the program is open to non-California residents, including non-US residents. The tuition is the same for all students.
No student visa is required, nor does this program qualify for a student visa since it is a part-time online program.
Our programs are designed for individuals who are already bilingual in Spanish and English. This signifies written fluency, and an ability to complete college-level studies in both languages. To be admitted, students must complete an entrance exam: a written assessment of vocabulary, reading comprehension, and spelling in both languages. All students who pass the entrance exam are eligible to enroll in either program.
• Offered online once per quarter on a Saturday
• Graded by a qualified, bilingual practitioner in the field
• All exam results are reported to students within three business days
• You are eligible to retake the exam as many times as you need, but it cannot be transferred in or waived
For more information please review the Entrance Exam PDF.
Students may enroll concurrently in more than one course, however we recommend participating in the entry level translation courses in the order listed below.
The Translation certificate consists of the entrance exam and seven required courses.
You officially have five years to complete all requirements for the certificate, although students can usually complete the entire program in 1.25- 1.75 years (5-7 quarters) by taking 1-2 courses per quarter.
The fees are the following:
Our classes post to our website and become open for enrollment about two months prior to the new quarter starting.
We recommend enrolling as soon as possible in order to secure your seat in both online and on-campus classes. Additionally it is good to enroll early because some classes will reach capacity.
To enroll in a class, click on the class link in the course matrix above and that will take you to the specific class page. On the class page you can find additional details about the course such as start date, time, classroom number, instructor and textbook info. To enroll click on “Add to Cart” which will lead you to complete the registration/payment process. You can also register over the phone with Student Services at 858-534-3400.
In general the translation and interpretation classes close on the following schedule:
The name “application” is a bit confusing because this is meant to be completed after passing the entrance exam which is the only formal prerequisite to enrolling in the certificate. If you submitted a certificate application prior to passing the entrance exam it will be denied however you can enroll in select classes that do not require the exam as a prerequisite and take the exam when it is offered next. Once you pass the exam, you would then resubmit the certificate application.
Enrollment in a class may be blocked in the following situations:
◦The class is closed (see FAQ on when enrollment closes).
◦The class is at capacity. If the class is at capacity you will only be able to join the waitlist. Students on the waitlist are contacted in the order they joined the waitlist.
◦The class is cancelled due to low enrollments.
◦The class has prerequisites that the student has not completed yet.
For these reasons we recommend students enroll early in the class(es) they are interested in.
The refund deadline for translation and interpretation courses is two days after the class start date.
The refund deadline for the entrance exam is the day prior to the exam.
The exact refund deadline for each section is listed in the section notes.
You will have access to the online Blackboard class on the official start date of the class/exam/info session. Access will be available at 12:01am Pacific Time.
Enrollment to online classes can take up to 24 hours to process and sync up to our online classroom platform, Blackboard. For example, if a class started on Tuesday and that is the day a student enrolled, they will likely not have full access to the class until 24 hours later on Wednesday.
When students enroll in a class they are given three grading options: Letter grade, Pass/No Pass, or Not for Credit. Students taking a class as part of a certificate need to complete their classes for credit (i.e. Pass/No Pass or Letter grade) and receive a C-/Pass or higher grade.
Grades below a C-, No Pass, and Not for Credit do not count towards certificate requirements.
Our program is an educational certificate, not a professional certification:
UC San Diego Extension facilitates private education loans through UC Approved Lenders for students officially enrolled in a certificate. Information on these programs can be found at extension.ucsd.edu/financial. State-Funded Training is available through EDD (Employment Development Dept.); more information can be found on their website: www.edd.ca.gov.
Students can transfer in up to two courses that match the content of our required courses. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the transferability of previously completed courses.
UC San Diego Extension is not a degree granting institution, however many UC San Diego Extension courses can be transferred to other colleges or universities.
The transferability of credit is determined solely by the receiving institution. Students should discuss how your individual courses will transfer with the Office of the Registrar at the receiving institution prior to enrolling.
Quarter to Semester Unit Conversion
If the receiving institution operates on a semester system, credits will be converted to semester hours during their evaluation. As a general rule, quarter credits are converted to semester credits by dividing the number of quarter credits by 1.5. For example, if the student completed a course worth 4 quarter credits at UC San Diego Extension, the course would be worth 4 ÷ 1.5 = 2.66 semester credits.
For questions regarding our classes and certificates, please contact us at email@example.com or 858-534-5760.
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" My experience with the Translation program has been great. In just one year, I have acquired excellent tools and valuable information in a challenging and friendly environment. I have my certificate, a job as a translator, and the firm desire to continue studying at UCSD Extension. "