Program Map

  • Focus on translation (written) or interpreting (spoken), or both.
  • 5 translation/interpreting specific courses:
    • SPAN 4110: Intro to Translation and Interpreting
    • SPAN 4120: Advanced Translation
    • SPAN 4130: Interpreting
    • SPAN 4310: Advanced Healthcare Spanish (focused entirely on medical interpreting)
    • LANG 450R: Translation Technology
  • Rest of courses = specific professional areas, such as healthcarebusiness, or legal.

Flowchart showing the four main areas of the UVU Spanish Translation and Interpreting Minor: First, pre-requisites (SPAN 3050 or SPAN 3030 and SPAN 3040); second, translation and interpreting core (SPAN 4110, intro to translation and interpreting, followed by either SPAN 4120 (advanced translation) or SPAN 4130 (interpreting); but both SPAN 4120 and 4130 can be taken if desired); third, Professional Spanish core courses (SPAN 3200 (business), SPAN 3310 (healthcare), SPAN 3320 (mental health), SPAN 3340 (tourism), SPAN 3350 (legal), SPAN 4200 (advanced business), and SPAN 4310 (advanced healthcare, which is basically a medical interpreting course)); fourth, electives, which can be any 3000- and 4000-level SPAN or LANG courses). A suggested elective is LANG 450R, which is the translation technology course.

Mission Statement

Utah Valley University’s Spanish translation and interpreting program helps students to build professional language skills, business savvy, cultural awareness, and connections with the language sector so they can successfully pursue interpreting, translation, and localization careers.


See UVU Program Catalog page for Spanish Translation/Interpreting Minor

  • SPAN 4110: Intro to Translation and Interpreting

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    Learn the basics of interpreting, with a focus on the healthcare and social service settings. Most time is spent on dialogue interpreting, but you will also learn simultaneous interpreting and sight translation. Learn the basics of translating naturally and effectively, breaking free of tendencies to mimic the source language too much when translating.

    See course catalog
  • SPAN 4120: Advanced Translation

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    Up your translation skills with more difficult text types (medical and legal documents, international business marketing materials, a touch of literary texts, etc.). Conduct a service learning project translating for an organization of your choice, and finish the semester off with an authentic class project where you'll be translating for a real-world client.

    See course catalog
  • SPAN 4130: English-Spanish Interpreting

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    Explore several specialized interpreting domains (medical, legal, education, etc.), and delve into the specialization of your choice through targeted practice with excellent training materials. Course still focuses on dialogue interpreting but includes more experiences with simultaneous interpreting and sight translation as well.

    See course catalog
  • SPAN 4310: Advanced Spanish for Healthcare (Medical Interpreting)

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    An excellent continuation of SPAN 3310 (Spanish for Healthcare Professionals), this course explores all the essential knowledge and skills for a healthcare interpreter: interpreter ethics, standards of practice, and protocols; modes of interpreting; cultural competence; medical terminology; and government regulations relating to the US healthcare system. Upon finishing this course, students will have completed requirements to work as a qualified medical interpreter in the state of Utah and will have completed one of the pre-requisites for either of the two national certification exams for medical interpreters.

    See course catalog
  • LANG 450R: Translation Technology

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    This course is crucial for anyone who wants to work in the language services industry, whether as a translator, localization engineer, project manager, or if they're working in administration or HR for a language services company. Learn the ins and outs of CAT tools (computer aided translation) using industry-standard software, and understand the technology behind machine translation from a non-technical point of view.

    See course catalog

Student Success

  • Carlos Plummer
    Graduation Year: 2023

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    My internship with U.S. Translation Company was very profitable for my professional career. 

    I am studying international business and languages and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect opportunity to immerse myself in an experience that compiled both specialties. 

    During my internship I worked as an interpreting project coordinator, so I helped organize interpreting for events that were provided in 10+ languages. 

  • Briana O'Neal
    Graduation Year: 2023

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    After taking some time off, I came back to UVU to finish my degree. I took UVU's introductory interpreting course (SPAN 4110) and due to taking that class, I did an internship for a medical interpreting company, learned I really love interpreting, and now work as a medical interpreter.


    I really appreciate how this program has helped me discover what I really want to do with my life and taught me the necessary skills I need in order to succeed in my chosen career path.

  • Kaylie Walker
    Graduation Year: 2023

    Kaylie Walker

    I started working with the Utah Translation and Analysis Center in May of 2022. Having completed Dr. Gilbert’s introductory course to Spanish interpreting/translation beforehand helped me have the skillset I needed to make it through the difficult hiring process; the translation skill that I started developing in that course is what landed me such a unique, challenging, and rewarding opportunity.


    You truly get out of these classes the work and practice that you put in. I would recommend that anyone interested try out the program because translation and interpreting can be great career paths on their own, and are also highly useful tools in almost any field.


  • Hannah McKay
    Graduation Year: 2023

    Hannah McKay

    The Spanish Translation and Interpreting program improved my Spanish more than I realized it had. After being in the program for about 6 months, my mother-in-law, who lives in South America, said something along the lines of "Hannah, your Spanish has improved so much in the past 6 months. How did you do it?" That is where I began to realize how much the program was teaching me. I had already been volunteering as a medical interpreter and working as a bilingual representative at a call center. However, this was when people like my mother-in-law really noticed improvement in my abilities. I am currently working at an insurance brokerage as a translator and account coordinator and still do translation services for my previous employer at a law firm. I owe all of these translation and interpretation capabilities to the program at UVU and the tactics they taught me to improve not only my Spanish, but also my interpreting and translating methods.

Student Projects

Spring 2023

Students in the Advanced Spanish translation course (SPAN 4120) are collaborating with the UVU Museum of Art to make the Museum's offerings more inclusive. They are localizing the Museum's webpages, translating calls for artists, and will be translating exhibition materials for the new location at Lakemount Manor so they are accessible to Spanish-speakers.

Fall 2022

Students localized a website for the Orem startup BankHunter. Carbuyers can get banks to compete to be their lender by filling out BankHunter’s free online form. UVU students worked to craft messaging that would be professional and attractive to a wide range of Latino age groups and national origins. Additionally, they created a video to embed on the Spanish webpage and designed many social media ads targeting Latinos.

Spring 2022

Devin Gilbert's Spanish translation students localized the highest-demand webpages from Orem City's website into Spanish in an effort to help the city increase civic engagement from Latino members of the community. Their service was recognized on Orem City's website as well as in an article from the Daily Herald.


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Since the summer of 2022, Devin Gilbert's UVU students have done virtual exchanges with professor Mariana Valverde Vargas's students from the University of Costa Rica. Costa Rican students send over English writing/translation assignments for which UVU students give them feedback, and UVU students send translations they have done into Spanish so that the students from Costa Rica can critique their work.




Language Services Industry Day 2023 @ UVU

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Date: March 22

Time: 12pm - 4pm

Location: Clarke Building Rm 510


Event publicized in MultiLingual press release

The event was a hit! Thanks to all those who came to connect with other students and representatives from language companies, non-profits, and industry organizations. Take the event feedback survey :) If you missed the panels, watch the recording below:

Professional Partners

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Thank you to memoQ for giving our students free access to their software through the memoQ Academic Program.


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We would like to thank Phrase for granting us free access to their platform through Phrase Academic Edition.


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We would also like to thank  Lilt for giving our program free access to their platform as a Lilt University Partner.


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Thank you to RWS Trados for giving our program free access to Trados Team as part of their Academic Partner Program.


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$9.1b  Translation Industry in US

2022 figure | ~45% growth since 2012

$7.6b  Interpreting Industry in US

– figure as of 2019

$55b  Global Language Industry

a market rife with opportunity

Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 20 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.

– U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Learn More About the Language Services Industry


See the UVU Language Services Industry Internships webpage for all steps and directions on how to apply for an internship:


Established Internship Partners:

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You can also search for language services industry internships through our partner ALC Bridge ALC Bridge logo



Where do I start?

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Networking with the Utah Translators and Interpreters Association (UTIA) is a crucial first step for any student looking to start in the industry. Besides joining UTIA (student annual fee is only $20), check out their job board for local opportunities:



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One great resource for the most up-to-date info on the industry is MultiLingual. For more than 30 years, MultiLingual has been serving as the world’s source of information for the language industry. Through their magazine, newsletter, website, YouTube channel, podcast, and social media platforms you will find anything you need to know about industry-related events, news, development and opportunities.



The American Translators Association (ATA) represents not just translators but interpreters as well. It's much more affordable to join as a student, and members can become ATA certified translators (students should look into the practice test, which is an affordable way to judge your readiness for certification). Also, check out their materials for those who are looking to start in the industry:



Did you know you Utah Valley University can help you receive a Business Spanish Certification from the Official Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Madrid?

Business Spanish Certification



See where an advanced degree in translation, interpreting, or localization management might take you:

Looking at the careers graduate students have attained after graduation can give you a great idea of what opportunities might be available to those who are interested in the language services industry (whether in translation, interpreting, localization, or more on the business side of things):




Wake Forest University: Interpreting and Translation Alumni Careers



Service Opportunities

Healthcare Interpreting

follow links below to volunteer

Social Services Interpreting

  • Utah Valley RefugeesUtah Valley — (fill out this form to volunteer)
    • The organization helps resettle refugees in the Utah Valley area and needs volunteers who can interpret for in-person meetings and/or sign up for certain times of day where they can be "on call" to interpret phone conversations. They also have many internship opportunities.

Educational Interpreting


With these local, national, and international organizations, there are several ways to get involved and volunteer. Get to it!

  • UTIA — Utah Translators and Interpreters Association
  • Women in Localization
  • NAETISL — National Association of Educational Translators and Interpreters of Spoken Languages