Linguistic Proficiency Policy

Language Proficiency Policy

To be eligible to participate in this program, you must demonstrate proficiency in both English and a spoken language other than English.

For English, submit a video of yourself responding to a selected prompt to establish proficiency. Please contact your Enrollment and Success Coordinator for more details.

For languages other than English, proficiency can be established in one of the following ways:

Proof of proficiency in English and a language other than English must be submitted by the dates listed in the section block on the course registration page. You may register for the certificate program at any time, but if your documentation is not received by the stated deadline, or if your documentation of linguistic proficiency is not accepted, you will be dropped from the course and receive a refund minus a $150 administrative fee.

  1. Proof of a minimum of eight years of basic education in the target language (non-English) in the country of origin. Acceptable forms of proof include:
    • high school diploma(s) or transcript(s)
    • GED or US-equivalent (with official translation into English)
  2. Proof of having completed a minimum of two years of post-secondary/university education conducted in the target language (non-English) in the country of origin. Acceptable forms of proof include:
    • degree diploma (with official translation into English)
    • degree transcripts (with official translation into English)
  3. Completion of a post-secondary/university degree studying the target language. For example, a bachelor of arts or master of arts in language or linguistics of Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, etc. The acceptable form of documentation is a transcript(s) (with official translation into English)
  4. Time spent studying and/or working in a country where you were required on a daily basis to perform tasks at a professional level in another language. A professional reference should be provided.
  5. Successful passage of an established interpreter/translator certification exam through an approved entity/certifying organization (such as JBCC, Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters, etc.)
  6. Successful passage (advanced-low ACTFL level) of language proficiency test through Language Testing International. This option is for students who do not currently possess any of the above documents (1-5). We will arrange a language evaluation for you through Language Testing International (LTI). Contact your Enrollment and Student Services Coordinator and instructions and a link to the evaluation site will be provided to you.

Have a question?

Please email Brett Brinegar, Enrollment and Success Coordinator.

Healthcare Interpreter: techealth@austin.utexas.edu

Legal Interpreter: teclegal@austin.utexas.edu