Spanish/English Interpretation { College of Extended Learning }

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Spanish/English Interpretation: Admission/Registration

Academic Credit

The required courses in this program carry full upper-division academic credit. Some courses may be applied toward a Spanish degree with a faculty advisor approval. For further information, contact the SF State Spanish Language Department 415.338.1421. Courses taken on a credit/no credit basis may not be used towards a Spanish major.

Cost & Length of Program

For those entering the program as of the fall 2014 semester, the total cost of all six courses required to earn the certificate will be approximately $3,582, plus a $50 non-refundable application fee. Fees are charged on a course-by-course basis each semester and are subject to change. Texts and elective courses are additional. The program is designed so participants can complete requirements in 17-22 months.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted, students must pass the SF State bilingual entrance exam to demonstrate university level proficiency in Spanish and English (or have passed the federal written exam) AND have 60 semester units of prior college work (BA preferred).

Certificate Application

Certificate Program Application Form (PDF)

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Bilingual Entrance Exam

Exams for fall 2014 admission: Saturday, August 2 (registration by July 26), and Saturday, August 9 (registration by August 2).

Candidates can only take the test on these dates, and may only take the exam a maximum of three times in a 12-month period. Please refer to the Testing Center website for exact times. For sample questions, go to the Bilingual Exam section of the Testing Center site, and then Preparation.

For additional study practice, the sample federal exam can be found at Spanish-English Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination >> Written Practice Exams. Please note that this sample exam is more difficult than the Bilingual Entrance Exam.

To Register for the Bilingual Entrance Exam

To register for the exam at SF State Extended Learning, go to SF State Testing - Bilingual General Information and select "Registration." Or register in person at the SF State Testing Center, HSS Bldg., room 206, main campus, 1600 Holloway Avenue. The Testing Center's email is

Application for Admission

After you have been notified that you have passed the above exam, complete and return an application for admission (PDF), with a copy of your test results and a check for the non-refundable application fee $50. (You will need Adobe Reader to view this PDF file.)

Registration for Courses

Admission to the Spanish/English Interpretation program does not guarantee a seat in class. Registration for individual courses is on a space-available basis. The registration form (PDF) is available online. Early registration is strongly advised. (You will need Adobe Reader to view this PDF file.)


This program is part of CalJOBS, which provides employment training for adults and dislocated workers. Learn more about CalJOBS.

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