Welcome to the Certificate in English-Spanish/Spanish-English Translation!

Fill the growing need for Spanish-English translators in Canada and around the world created by increasing migration and globalization. By studying in our uniquely multilingual, multicultural environment, you’ll get professional training in practical linguistic, cultural and translation skills that will support any career in translation. In small classes taught by dynamic professors who are experts in the field, you’ll enjoy one-on-one attention and network with peers.  

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Skills You'll Learn

  • Practical knowledge and practice of written English and Spanish for the translation profession. 
  • Increased awareness of intercultural communication and of the dynamic of multilingual situations. 
  • Translation-specific skills, such as documentation and terminology for translators. 
  • Understanding of theories and methods of translation as applied in contemporary professional settings.  
  • Familiarity and basic practical knowledge of computer-assisted translation tools and technologies. 
  • Practical knowledge of project management and business practices for translators. 


As a Spanish-English Translation graduate, you are well-equipped to become a leader and changemaker. Upon obtaining the certificate, you may choose to pursue grad studies or obtain additional qualifications.  

Here are a few examples of possible career paths that are compatible with the study of translation:  

  • Diplomat  
  • Media correspondent  
  • Editor  
  • Non-profit organization director  
  • Human rights advocate 
  • Public relations representative  
  • International development worker  
  • Public policy advisor  
  • Interpreter  
  • Speech writer  
  • Translator 
  • Terminologist  
  • Technical writer 
  • UN representative 

Visit the Career Centre for more career options in Spanish-English Translation. 

Hands-On Experiences

Apply the concepts and theories you’re studying to real world challenges. Engage in guided practical experiences in the classroom, workplace, community and abroad. These are some opportunities for Spanish-English Translation students. 

  • Improve your Spanish and English languages. 
  • Connect with students from various places across the world. 
  • Attend the academic and networking opportunities offered by our undergraduate and graduate programs. 
  • Learn and practice working remotely in a profession that can be practiced flexibly and anywhere in the world. 
  • Volunteer at the annual Glendon Graduate Conference in Translation Studies  
  • Take courses in the Department of Hispanic Studies, the School of Translation, and other units and programs across York U. 
  • Participate in the wide range of experiential and extracurricular activities offered at York U.  

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, Certificate applicants must have completed a minimum of one year at the university level (or equivalent), GL/SP 3000 6.00 (formerly GL/SP 2610 6.00) or AS/SP 3000 6.0 (or equivalent), and have a C+ average.

All Certificate applicants must successfully complete an entrance exam before enrolling in the program. Applicants must also meet York University’s admission requirements. Students are required to complete a minimum of 18 of the 33 credits of the Certificate program at Glendon College.

Applicants should fall into one of the following categories:

  • Internal applicants
    These are students who are currently enrolled in a B.A. program at York University and who have not yet completed their B.A.Once admitted to the Certificate, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 5.0 (C+).
  • External applicants
    must be admitted to a B.A. program in combination with the Certificate. External applicants who have completed a B.A. at York University or at any other University will be admitted directly into the Certificate program, provided that all other Certificate admission requirements are met.

In order to satisfy the requirements and succeed in the programme applicants should have basic computer skills.

To apply to the Certificate program, please contact:

Hispanic Studies Department

Translation Certificate
York Hall, 233
Glendon Campus, York University
2275 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M4N 3M6
Email: certificado@glendon.yorku.ca

Recruitment and Liaison

Glendon Hall, Suite 100
2275 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M4N 3M6
Tel.: 416-487-6710
Email: liaison@glendon.yorku.ca

Glendon is located at the corner of Bayview and Lawrence Avenues (Campus map) in a park-like setting.  Home to only 2600 students and with an exemplary professor/student ratio, Glendon offers a superior environment for pursuing your studies.  Small classes encourage interaction and participation.

GL/SP 3000 6.00 (ES) Advanced Level Studies in Spanish Language and Stylistics (formerly GL/SP 2610 6.00)
This course offers a comprehensive review of the most difficult aspects of Spanish grammar through advanced exercises in reading, writing and conversation. Special attention is given to consolidate students’ oral and written skills and to emphasize stylistic aspects of the language. Students are also taught how to write an academic essay.


AS/SP 3000 6.0  Advanced Spanish Language and Grammar
This course develops the student’s command of Spanish grammar through the writing of multiple drafts of essays, the discussion of advanced and subtle aspects of grammar and style, and the analysis of selected readings.

Meet Your Professors

You’ll learn from and get to know friendly, high-profile professors, who are experts actively working in the field. 

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Maria Constanza Guzman

416-736-2100 x 88325

Martin Boyd


Martha Bátiz


Student Supports & Programs

Glendon Campus prides itself on being a supportive community that goes the extra mile to ensure you get the help you need. See some of the resources Spanish-English Translation students use the most. 

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