The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation and Interpreting responds to the increasing demand of qualified professionals in the areas of translation, interpreting and cross-cultural communication. The program will offer training in a set of professional skills devised to enhance the translation capabilities of practicing professionals and future practitioners alike.
Apply to the UTRGV Graduate College:
Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.ApplyTexas.org. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for international applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.
Register on the UTRGV Recommenders and Document Upload Webpage. This is where you will request recommenders and upload program requirement documents, and where the graduate office will upload your transcripts. If you do not complete this step, we will not be able to process your application.
Request your transcripts and other supporting documentation to be mailed to:
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
The Graduate College
Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999
Review and submit all Program Requirements:
Online application at www.ApplyTexas.org. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for international applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are non-refundable.
Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
Personal interview (online or in person).
Letter of recommendation from the student’s undergraduate faculty advisor.
Submission of a short essay in Spanish
A translation test waiver may be granted to applicants who hold a state or federal court or medical interpreting license.
Satisfactory performance on the translation of a document from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.
Students whose native language is not English or who studied at a University outside the U.S.:
TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.
English translation of educational records.
Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA).
Fall - Jul 1
Spring - Nov 15
Summer I - May 1
Summer II - Jun 1
Note: Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.