Planning Guide

Most students take the Introduction to Translation & Interpreting course before deciding on one of the two tracks or both. Translation (written word) and Interpretation (spoken word) are separate 24-credit certificate tracks that share most of the core courses. Both certificates may be pursued simultaneously with only four additional courses required, for a total of 36 credits.

You may start the program during any quarter of the academic year. Most classes are offered during evening or weekend hours. Evening classes typically meet one night a week from 6 to 9 p.m. for 10 weeks. Students usually complete the program in 1½ to 2 years.

Certificates are language-specific and are offered in select languages according to student demand. Registration for any Translation and Interpretation Certificate class requires prior permission and an entry code from the program advisor.

Upon earning the Translation and/or Interpretation Certificate, you will have a solid foundation for taking professional certification tests such as the state court interpreter certification exams.

Bellevue College also offers various non-credit workshops on topics of interest, such as computer-assisted translation tools and preparation for the state court interpreter certification exam.

Getting Started in the Program

  1. Register for a free information session by phone at (425) 564-2263 or online. You’ll get an overview of the professions and our program, meet program advisors and faculty members, and have the opportunity to ask questions.
  2. Contact the Program Manager at at (425) 564-3177 or to discuss admission details and your potential class schedule.
  3. Submit an admission application, any related documents, and the application fee.
  4. Request class entry codes to register.