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Certificate in Translation – Spanish Option

Spanish is the third most common language of international communication today and is used more and more in the global marketplace. Translation skills – whether for government or business, scientific enterprises or cultural programs – are increasingly in demand in this international context.

McGill’s Certificate in Translation – Spanish Option is designed to provide students with the fundamentals of translation. Our translation courses provide students with practical experience in the actual translation of texts in a wide variety of fields.

Upon completion of the Certificate in Translation – Spanish Option, students holding a recognized undergraduate degree may continue their studies in the Graduate Diploma in Translation Program – Spanish Option. This path provides a means for qualified students to become certified translators in Spanish translation.

Program Description

The Certificate in Translation – Spanish Option is a part-time program with all courses offered during evenings.

  • This undergraduate level certificate program consists of 10 courses (30 credits)
  • The first part of the program serves as a balanced introduction to the principles of translation through the study, careful analysis and translation of selected texts. Students build their translation competence by translating from English and/or French into Spanish.
  • In the final stage, students are divided according to their areas of concentration: Spanish to English, Spanish to French or French/English to Spanish.
  • A Comparative Stylistics course is designed to alert students to the uses of language and to the problems of translation.

All applicants must take an Entrance Examination which tests their preparedness for translation studies in the languages used by the program.

Non-credit preparatory courses must be completed by students who do not successfully pass the Entrance Examination. Competence in English, French and Spanish is required of all applicants in varying degrees depending on the concentration chosen.