Spanish/English Interpretation

College of Extended Learning
Dean: Gail Whitaker

Spanish/English Interpretation Program (Legal/Court and Medical)
SFSU Downtown Center
835 Market Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fax: 415-405-7760
Program Director: Eric Bishop

Program Coordinator: Baseemah Rahman


Certificate in Spanish/English Interpretation

Program Scope

This program is designed to develop the interpreting skills for service in the courts, state agencies, and in the medical and private sectors. It is specifically designed to prepare participants to pass the state certification examinations.


Faculty members are all adjunct instructors who are state court interpreters.

Career Outlook

Certified Spanish/English interpreters are in heavy demand in the courts and administrative agencies at the county, state, and federal levels. Interpreters are self-employed and contract with courts and agencies for specific cases. In addition, law firms and corporations often use certified interpreters on a freelance basis. Interpreters work either as court employees or freelance for the state courts, state agencies, interpreting agencies and health organizations.


Admission to the Program

Admission requirements are 56 units of prior semester units (B.A. preferred) and a passing score in the SFSU Bilingual Entrance Exam.

There are six core courses and two elective courses. For complete course descriptions, contact the program coordinator or go to www.cel.sfsu/interpretation.

FL 400 Introduction to Interpreting
FL 401 Sight Translation
FL 403 Consecutive Interpretation I
FL 405 Consecutive Interpretation II (with laboratory)
FL 407 Simultaneous Interpretation I (with laboratory)
FL 409 Simultaneous Interpretation II (with laboratory)
SPAN 365 Medical Interpretation
FL 9914 Advanced Interpreting & Oral Exam Prep (with laboratory)

Courses are offered in the evenings and on Saturday mornings at the SFSU Downtown Center except for the two laboratory courses offered at the main campus. Laboratory courses are held at the main campus, and non-laboratory courses are held at the SFSU Downtown Campus.

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