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Massachusetts offers a wide range of programs in medical, legal, and community interpreting. Some of the programs include a translation component.

• Bristol Community College offers certificate programs in community interpreting for students who are bilingual in Portuguese or Spanish. 
    English/Portuguese Community Interpreting Certificate: 
    Spanish/English Community Interpreting Certificate:   
    777 Elsbree Street
    Fall River, MA 02720

• Bunker Hill Community College offers a free medical interpreter certificate program for people who are fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic or Mandarin Chinese.

    250 New Rutherford Avenue
    Boston, MA 02129

• Cross Cultural Communication Systems, Inc., assists students to function as bilingual professionals in a qualified human services and healthcare workforce. It offers training and workshops in multiple healthcare interpretation areas.
800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3800-3900
     Woburn, MA 01801
     Tel. 781-729-3736

    The Millyard Technology Park
    43 Technology Way, 2E3
    Nashua, NH 03060
    Contact: Zarita Araujo-Lane
    Tel. 1-888-678-CCCS

• International Translation Company provides an interpreter training program that enables enrollees to become competent interpreters in a business, community, medical and/or legal setting. 
    70 Warren Street
    Boston, MA 02119

• Language Connections offers a six-week 60-hour medical interpreter training program in Boston developed by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation to enable participants to become competent medical interpreters. The program is offered in: Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Haitian Creole and Mandarin Chinese.
    2001 Beacon Street, Suite 105
    Boston, MA 02135
   Tel: 857-373-9423

• Language Bank offers free medical interpretation training to qualified candidates at its Manchester, NH and Worcester, MA locations. Language Bank is licensed and has been providing its comprehensive 60-hour training course for almost 10 years. Its trainers are active interpreters in the field who bring their expertise and real-life experiences into the classroom. A unique component of the course is a 15-hour practice session where language-specific coaches, as available, work with individual students to foster the mastery of medical terminology, review homework, and conduct realistic role-plays that prepare students for the real world of interpreting.
   14 East Worcester Street, Suite 300, Worcester, MA 01604
   340 Granite Street, 3rd floor, Manchester, NH 03102
   Tel: 844-579-0610

The Massachusetts Court System, Office of Language Access, occasionally provides training to interpreters employed by the court. Currently the office employs approximately 175 interpreters of languages ranging from Spanish and Portuguese to Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Chinese, Khmer, Polish, and Russian. Susana Torres is the program and training manager:

Office of Language Access
    2 Center Plaza, 9th Floor
    Boston, MA 02108

    Tel. 617-878-0343

• The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers two types of interpreting certificates for undergraduate and graduate students.                   Contact: Cristiano Mazzei, director  
    Tel. 413-545-2203                                                       

• International Translation Company offers an interpreter training program that enables enrollees to become competent interpreters in a business, community, medical and/or legal setting.
    70 Warren Street
    Boston, MA 02119

Berkshire AHEC offers medical interpreter training in western Massachusetts, with assessments in Springfield and Pittsfield and classes in Springfield and online.

• MedTalk Training is a 60-hour online, self-paced medical interpreter course.

    English-Spanish program with IMIA accreditation

 North Shore Community College offers a six-month, self-paced online professional interpreter program.


• Stephen Sanford, a legal/conference interpreter and translator for 23 years and teacher of interpreting for 15 years, has used the Soundcloud platform to create a training resource for both simultaneous and consecutive interpreting. Most of the material is legal, and includes a bail argument, a change-of-plea colloquy, as well as jury instructions, police reports, and arraignments.There are also some exercises that do not include any legal vocabulary. The source language is English, although in some consecutive exercises the source language is Portuguese.

Steve also offers individual instruction over Zoom to Portuguese < > English interpreters and translators. He can be reached at or 617-784-7449.

Farther Afield

DE LA MORA Institute of Interpretation
Orlando, FL


Whereas some of the interpreting programs listed above include translation components, the following programs specialize solely in translation.

• Boston University has a one-year Master of Fine Arts program in literary translation, with language tracks available in Arabic, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Persian, and Spanish.
   CAS World Languages & Literatures
   Boston University
   745 Commonwealth Ave
   Boston, MA 02215
Contact: Anna Elliott (

• The Spanish and Portuguese Studies Program in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers an area of focused study "Translation in the Hispanic and Lusophone World" in its doctoral program. This area explores the fundamental role of translation and translators in the construction of cultures and identities.
   Spanish and Portuguese Studies Program
   Department of Language, Literatures, and Cultures
   717 Herter Hall
   Amherst, MA 01003
   Contact: Professor Tal Goldfajn

• The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers a Master of Arts in Translation Studies, which is a separate track of the M.A. in Comparative Literature. This is generally a four-semester full-time program.

• The University of Massachusetts Boston offers an online two-semester undergraduate certificate program in Spanish/English translation designed to meet the increasing local, national, and international demand for professional translators.    
     Department of Hispanic Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston
    100 Wm. T. Morrissey Boulevard
    Boston, MA 02125

North Shore Community College offers a nine-month professional translator program for English and Spanish.

• The Middlebury Institute's Master of Arts in Translation and Localization Management degree prepares students for a career working at the intersection of language, culture, business and technology.
   Middlebury Institute of International Studies
    Monterey, CA or online (Live or Asynchronous)

• The Continuing Education Division of New York University's School of Professional Studies offers several courses under the rubric of Translation Studies. 
   New York, NY or remote

• Salem State University offers a Certificate in Translation in French, Italian, or Spanish. Requirements are three courses plus a seminar.
   Salem State Certificate in Translation
   Salem, MA

Translation or Interpreting

• For information on translation and interpreting programs around the country and around the world, contact the American Translators Association at about their publication, “International Certification Study” or see the ATA’s list of approved translation and interpreting schools at

 The Hunter College Master of Arts in Translation and Interpreting (MATI) program offers a 30-credit curriculum that includes both a theoretical grounding in translation and interpreting studies, and hands-on language-specific training in translation, localization and oral interpreting skills in Chinese, Russian, and Spanish––paired with English. 
   New York, New York (full- or part-time)

• The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers a graduate certificate in translation and interpreting studies.

• The Translation Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers individual workshops and workshop series on a range of topics related to translation, interpretation, and language access. These series can be customized and offered on demand remotely or in person.
   The Translation Center
   129 Herter Hall
   Amherst, MA 01003
   Contact: Professor Regina Galasso, Director
   Tel: 413-545-2203 

• The Translation Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers an Interpreter and Translator in Education Workshop Series and individual workshops related to language access in K-12 schools. The workshop series and the individual workshops can be customized and offered on demand to individuals and/or school districts remotely or in person.
   Contact: Professor Regina Galasso, Director
   Tel. 413-545-2203

Online Interpreter Training and Translation Courses

• The University of Massachusetts Amherst's online division, University Without Walls (UWW), offers two tracks:

   Online Certificate in Professional Translation & Interpreting (15 credits) -
   Contact person: Cristiano Mazzei, director -

   BA with Concentration in Translation & Interpreting -
   Contact person: Jesse Lederman - pre-admissions advisor -

  • Glendon College in Toronto, Canada, offers a master of conference interpreting degree.
  • York University offers a one-year online program culminating in a graduate diploma in general interpreting intended for court and healthcare settings.
  • Interpreter Education Online is a language-pair-specific training program for court interpreters. Basic and advanced programs and single-topic units for English, Arabic, Albanian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, German, French, Haitian Creole, Polish, Hmong, Vietnamese, and Mandarin.
    Morgane Serio, Course Administrator
    Tel. 313-872-0787
  • Online Resources for Conference Interpreter Training (ORCIT)   Free online classes for basic interpreter training provided by the European Union

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