Spanish/English Interpretation { College of Extended Learning }

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Spanish/English Interpretation: Admission/Registration

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).

Bilingual Entrance Exam

All candidates must take the Bilingual Entrance Exam. The Bilingual Entrance Exam is given online. The exam dates for spring 2016 admission are: January 7 to January 10, 2016 (registration by January 6).

Candidates can only take the exam on these dates, and may only take the exam a maximum of two times. See Sample Questions (PDF). For additional study practice, see Federal Exam. Please note that the federal sample exam is more difficult than the Bilingual Entrance Exam.

To Register for the Bilingual Entrance Exam

  1. Obtain an SF State ID and Password.
    When asked to choose Program to Enroll, select "Register for Undergrad Academic Credit Courses"
  2. Email Eric Bishop to request registration in the Bilingual Entrance Exam. Please include your:
    • first name
    • last name
    • SF State ID number
    • email address

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

Within about five business days, you will be notified by email that your Certificate Program Application Form has been processed. You may then register for the Introduction to Interpreting class. For registration instructions, see Register.

Once you are registered for any class in the program, you can decide whether to take it onsite or online. Attendance is mandatory for onsite classes throughout the semester. However, you can choose to take classes onsite one semester, and online the next. The onsite classes may be given in a hybrid format, with some sessions given onsite and others online, in the event of low registration.

Admission to the Spanish/English Interpretation program does not guarantee a seat in the onsite class, or a space in the online class. Early registration is strongly advised.

Cost & Length of Program

For those entering the program as of the spring 2016 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.

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.


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

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