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.
The Bilingual Entrance Exam is taken online from any location, and it is free.
The online exam dates for spring 2022 admission are:
January 8, 9, 10 & 11, 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.
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.
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.
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. For registration instructions, see Register & Pay. Early registration is advised.
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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