How to Get Started: Admission & Registration

Admission Requirements

To be admitted, students must pass the College of Extended Learning's online Bilingual Entrance Exam to demonstrate university level proficiency in Spanish and English AND have 60 semester units of prior college work (BA preferred).

Prospective students who pass both sections of the bilingual entrance exam but don’t have the 60 semester units of college credit may petition for conditional admission to the program. Please upload a completed petition for waiver of college regulations (PDF) with your online application.

Students must reside in California or an authorized state. See State Authorization.

Online Bilingual Entrance Exam

The Bilingual Entrance Exam is taken online from any location, and it is free.

The online exam dates for spring 2023 admission are:
December 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2022

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 (PDF). 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.
  2. Email Eric Bishop to request registration in the Bilingual Entrance Exam. Please include your:
    • first name(s)
    • last name(s)
    • SF State ID number

Application for Admission

After you have been notified that you have passed the Bilingual Entrance Exam, complete the SF State Extension Cal State Apply Online Application for Spanish/English Interpretation.

Cal State Apply Online Application

Application Instructions

  • Review Cal State Apply Application TIPS
  • Go to Cal State Apply, select the term you wish to apply for, and hit the Apply button.
  • Create your Cal State Apply account and complete your Extended Profile. Be sure to choose “Certificate” for the “Degree Goal” in this section.
  • Complete the Personal Information, Academic History, and Supporting Materials sections of the application.
  • To add the Spanish/English Interpretation Program application:
    • Click on “Add Program” at the top of the page.
    • Search for “San Francisco State University” under campus and “Extended Education” for source and choose the term you are planning to apply for.
    • If you have a bachelor’s degree, choose the application designated for “Post-Bachelor Applicants.”
    • If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, choose the application designated for “Pre-Bachelor Applicants.”
    • Complete the Required and Optional Questions
    • Upload a copy of your Unofficial Transcript
    • Submit the application
  • Transcripts*
    All students must supply official transcripts of their college work to be accepted into the program. Students with baccalaureate or academic associate degrees need to provide official transcripts from the college from which they graduated. Students without such a degree must provide college transcripts from all the colleges they attended. Submit any unofficial transcripts showing college coursework at the time you complete your Cal State Apply application.
    Please send hard copy original official transcript(s) to
    College of Extended Learning
    San Francisco State University
    College of Extended Learning
    160 Spear Street, Suite 1220
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    Please send electronic original official transcript(s) to:
    Contact your school(s) and request that your official electronic transcripts be sent to the College of Extended Learning through a secure third-party transcript vendor. Please send electronic original official transcript(s) to
    *Current SF State degree seeking students and graduates are exempt from the Official Transcript submission requirement.


Online Courses

Learn more about our online interpretation training in this introductory video featuring program director Eric Bishop. If you have questions or would like more information about online training, please contact Eric Bishop.

Registration for Courses

Within seven to ten 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. To register, select your class on the class schedule, click the Add to Shopping Cart button, and follow the instructions when checking out. Early registration is advised.

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.


As a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, CalJOBS provides connections to customer-focused employment training for adults and dislocated workers. SF State is an approved provider for WIOA funds. SF State is listed on the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) on the CalJOBS website. Search on Keyword: SF State College of Extended Learning.


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