Interpreter Program—Community, Legal & Medical Certificates

Community, Legal, and Medical Interpreter Programs at BU's Center for Professional EducationProfessional interpreters are increasingly in demand in courts, hospitals, and service agencies, as well as in legal and administrative offices. In order to provide the quality training necessary for this important occupation, Boston University's Center for Professional Education offers a well-established and highly respected certificate program in interpretation.

If you are a multilingual individual who can demonstrate fluency in English as well as Chinese, Portuguese, or Spanish, you have the foundation necessary to develop the advanced skills used by professional interpreters. BU's Center for Professional Education teaches consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, leading to certificates in community, legal, or medical interpreting.

Convenient Saturday classes are taught by respected, veteran interpreters, and cover topics in the following areas:

  • Professional Ethics
  • Community Interpreting
  • Legal Interpreting
  • Medical Interpreting
  • Consecutive Interpreting
  • Simultaneous Interpreting
  • Sight Translation

Program Details

View the Community Interpreting curriculum.

View the Legal Interpreting curriculum.

View the Medical Interpreting curriculum.

Program Dates

  • Classes for Portuguese- and Spanish-speakers begin each September.
  • Classes for Chinese- and Spanish-speakers begin each January.


Student must have a fluent command of English, as well as Chinese, Portuguese, or Spanish. Prospective students demonstrate their verbal and written communication skills through testing in order to be accepted into the program.

All classes meet on Saturday mornings, and most students complete the program within 12 to 18 months.

Upon completion, students may choose to participate in an internship.

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