The certificate

This advanced certificate is designed to build skills and competencies in Spanish language for specific professional purposes, such as commerce, finance, law, healthcare, social work —for which there is a growing demand in the job market in North America, including Canada and the GTA.

In addition to language training, students are introduced to the different genre and media types of professional communication in Spanish: letters, reports, memoranda, job interview, social media, etc.

The certificate also builds intercultural communication skills required for communicating effectively across cultures and for global exchanges.

Prospective students

The certificate is open to current York students of any program and to external students (direct-entry).

This certificate is for you if you are interested in:

  • International business opportunities related to Spanish speaking countries and communities;
  • Service to Hispanic communities in sectors such as healthcare, law, immigration, social work;
  • Diplomacy and foreign affairs related to Spanish speaking countries;
  • Hispanic communities and organizations in Canada and abroad;
  • Career advancement in the above-mentioned sectors;
  • Obtaining recognized Canadian credentials at a university level.

Featured courses

  • Advanced Studies in Spanish Language
  • Spanish for Business I (technical and professional communication)
  • Spanish for Business II (intercultural communication in Spanish)
  • Comparative Stylistics for Spanish-English Translation
  • Social Media, Marketing and Advertising
  • Topics in Latin American/Spanish Culture & Society

Internal applicants

Internal applicants (i.e. students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at York University) who will not graduate prior to entering the certificate program must have successfully completed at least 24 credits, with a minimum GPA of 5.00 (C+).

External applicants

External applicants who will have completed or who have already completed an undergraduate degree at any recognized university before entering the certificate program, will be admitted as direct-entry candidates, provided they have a minimum GPA of 5.00 (C+) and all other certificate entry requirements are met.

Spanish language entry level

All students must demonstrate post-intermediate level of Spanish by taking the Department’s on-line placement test or by having completed GL/SP 2000 6.00 [Intermediate Spanish / Espagnol intermédiaire] or AP/SP 2000 6.00 [Intermediate Spanish], or equivalent.

Students are required to complete 18 credits and a final examination.

The 18 credits are to be taken as follows:

12 credits of core courses

    • GL/SP 3000 6.00 Advanced Spanish / Espagnol avancé,
      Or AP/SP 3000 6.00 Advanced Spanish Language and Grammar,
      Or GL/SP 3100 6.00 Advanced Spanish – Summer abroad.

    Note: students whose knowledge of Spanish was assessed through the placement test and corresponds to the knowledge of students who completed SP 3000 or 3200 must replace the 6 credits of the advanced Spanish course with 6 credits from 3000 or 4000 level courses in Spanish linguistics, literature or culture at Glendon or LA&PS.

    • GL/SP 3201 3.00 Spanish for Business I;
    • GL/SP 4201 3.00 Spanish for Business II.

    6 credits of elective courses

    Students must select two out of the following three options:

    • 3 credits of any 3000 or 4000 level course of Spanish linguistics at Glendon or the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies;
    • 3 credits of any 3000 or 4000 level course of Spanish literature or culture at Glendon or the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies;
    • 3 credits from the following list:
      • GL/SP 3545 3.0 Introduction to Spanish-English Translation
      • GL/SP 3550 3.00 Comparative Stylistics for Spanish-English Tanslation
      • GL/COMS 2000 3.00 Social Media, Marketing and Advertising / Les médias sociaux, la publicité et le marketing
      • GL/COMS 3201 3.00 Communicating in a Transnational World / Les communications dans le monde transnational
      • GL/COMS 3203 3.00 Practices in Intercultural Communications / Enjeux en communications interculturelles
      • GL/PHIL 3642 3.00 Business Ethics
      • GL/LIN 2634 3.00 Language and Society

    Final examination

    Upon completion of the 18 required credits for the Certificate, students must successfully complete a comprehensive final examination, held annually during the April examination period.
    To sit for the examination, each candidate must have obtained a minimum grade of “C” in each of the Certificate course and an overall GPA of “C+” in the 18 Certificate credits. Students need to obtain at least a grade of C to pass the comprehensive examination.

    Concurrent students can sit for the comprehensive examination within two years of completing the course requirements. Those who fail the comprehensive examination on their first attempt will be allowed to sit again the following year. If Concurrent students graduate before passing the comprehensive examination, they will no longer be considered “concurrent students” and will have to apply to become Direct-Entry students.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long does it take to complete the Certificate?

    The Certificate is 18 credits. It can be completed on a full-time or a part-time basis. Students with advanced level of Spanish who satisfy the language entry level (i.e. students who are allowed to take SP 3000), can complete the Certificate in one year on a full-time basis.

    How do I determine my level of Spanish?

    There are two ways to assess your Spanish level:

    • By successfully completing SP 2000
    • By taking the Online Spanish Placement Test 

    All students are required to satisfy any of the above, including the native speakers of Spanish.

    I don’t speak Spanish at all / my Spanish is basic. Can I take the Certificate?

    Sure! The Online Spanish Placement Test will determine the level of Spanish you will start from. 

    I am a Spanish native speaker. Do I have to take the advanced language course? 

    No, if you score above the SP 3000 entry level on the Online Spanish Placement Test. However, please note that any student placed at a higher level of Spanish than 3000 must replace the 6 credits of the advanced Spanish course with 6 credits from 3000 or 4000 level courses in Spanish linguistics, literature or culture at Glendon or LA&PS

    How do I apply for the Certificate?

    To apply you must meet the eligibility requirements (see “Admissions” tab).

    For all other admissions questions, students currently registered at York University (Glendon or other faculties)
    should contact:

    Academic Services
    C102 York Hall
    Glendon Campus
    Telephone: (416) 487-6715

    Non-York University students should contact:

    Student Recruitment & Applicant Relations
    B108 York Hall
    Glendon Campus
    2275 Bayview Avenue
    Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M6
    Telephone: (416) 487-6710
    E-mail: liaison@glendon.yorku.ca
    Website: www.glendon.yorku.ca

    I have already taken / I will take as part of my current program some of the courses required for the Certificate. Do they still count towards the Certificate?

    Yes, you can “double-dip” your courses. Some of the courses of other programs, such as Spanish at Glendon and LA&PS, the Certificate in Spanish-English Translation, and the Communications and Linguistics programs at Glendon count towards both programs.

    Students majoring in Spanish at Glendon can obtain this Certificate by completing only 3 extra credits (Spanish for Business II), if they select the right courses. Please take an advising appointment with the Certificate coordinator to figure this out. 

    How much does it cost to complete the Certificate?

    You will find the latest information about tuition and fees at the office of Financial Services.

    How does course scheduling work?

    Most of the courses are offered in the evening, from 6 to 9 PM. Classes are once a week and each class is three-hours long. Our courses are offered in the Fall and Winter terms.

    How do I know if I am following the program in the right sequence?

    For successful program progress and completion it is crucial to take an advising appointment with the Certificate coordinator as soon as you decide to enroll. In addition, it is advisable to have at least one advising appointment with the Office of Academic Services once you have completed the core courses.

    What do I have to do to complete the program?

    To complete the program you must satisfy all program requirements. The year you are going to complete them, you should submit the graduation application form to the Office of Academic Services at Glendon (this should be done months before graduation, so take a look at the due dates). Once you complete the program you may pick up the certificate or have it mailed to you (for a fee). You will find all the information on the diploma services page of the York University website.

    I am ready to apply. What’s next?

    Congratulations! Please contact the Certificate coordinator:

    Prof. Alejandro Zamora

    (416) 736-2100 x 88467


    Certificate Coordinator

    (Department of Hispanic Studies)
    Prof. Alejandro Zamora
    (416) 736-2100, ext. 88467

    Administrative Assistant

    (Department of Hispanic Studies)
    Patricia Chung
    Office: York Hall 242B
    Office Hours: Currently on Zoom only: Request appointment by email
    Telephone: 416-736-2100, ext. 88213