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Academic Information

The following information applies to all undergraduate Certificate in Translation programs.

Admission Requirements
To be admitted to the Certificate in Translation program:

  1. Students must possess a considerable degree of fluency and correctness in the languages of their chosen option: English, French and/or Spanish (with emphasis on the written language).
  2. Students must pass an Entrance Examination. To register for the Translation Entrance Examination, please click HERE.
  3. Students must hold a CEGEP diploma (D.C.S. or equivalent).
  4. Students 21 years of age and over who do not have the academic background for admission may be admitted as mature students.
  5. Students between 18 and 21 years of age who do not have a CEGEP diploma or equivalent may be accepted into a qualifying program to be determined by the Department. Formal admission to the Certificate Program will normally follow upon satisfactory completion of the Qualifying Program.

Ready to apply? For application information, see the Apply section.

Residency Requirements and Advanced Standing

Students are required to complete at least 70% of the total program requirements at McGill University (7 out of 10 courses).

Students are permitted to be away from the program for no more than one academic year without reapplying.

Advanced standing of up to 9 credits (3 courses) may be awarded for equivalent courses that were successfully completed at the university level, within the last five years. An official description of the courses taken elsewhere and the marks obtained must be submitted along with a written application for advanced standing. Students are not permitted to register in courses for which they have been granted credits and/or exemptions.

Time Limits

The program must normally be completed within four years of admission. Students exceeding the time limit may request an extension in writing, which may be granted under special circumstances with the approval of the Director.

Academic Standing Requirements

  1. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of B- in each course in the program.
  2. Students who have more than one unsatisfactory grade in the program will be required to withdraw from the program.
  3. In order to be eligible for the certificate, students must obtain a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 in the program (to be calculated over all courses, including unsatisfactory grades and failures).
  4. Students must attend 2/3 of all lectures.

Second Certificate

Students having completed the Certificate in Translation and wishing to complete a second certificate in another language of specialization will be granted 6 to 9 credits advanced standing (depending on the option) and will be required to complete:

  • 9 credits in the second option
  • 12 to 15 credits – electives in the program

Independent (Special) Students

Independent (special) students may take courses in the program provided they have passed the Entrance Examination. The number of courses an independent (special) student may take is limited. Students are encouraged to apply to the program before completing four courses. The School of Continuing Studies has no obligation to recognize credits earned by independent (special) students towards completion of a Certificate Program.

  • Independent (special) students, although not formally admitted to the program, are expected to demonstrate seriousness of academic purpose. They are permitted to repeat the same course only once.
  • Independent (special) students taking courses in the Certificate in Translation program will be governed by the same Academic Standing Requirements expected of students enrolled in the program.