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Enhance your ability to communicate with speakers of other languages.

Every day, people in the business world need to communicate with others who may have a different native language.

The University of Georgia can help you to bridge the communication gap. UGA's courses can prepare you to: 

  • Improve your communication abilities in business and social settings (if you are an English Language Learner)
  • Develop expertise as a medical or legal interpreter
  • Engage and communicate with people who speak Spanish in a variety of job-specific situations
  • Communicate effectively in American Sign Language with people who are deaf or hearing-impaired
  • Improve your language skills for non-business purposes

University of Georgia classroom certificate programs

University of Georgia classroom certificate programs

The medical field needs interpreting professionals to help Korean-speaking people with limited English proficiency. If you are fluent in both languages, this course expands your career options. 

This program prepares you for the State Court Interpretation Certification Test so you can assist Spanish-speaking people communicate during court proceedings.

The medical field needs interpreting professionals to help Spanish-speaking people with limited English proficiency. If you are fluent in both languages, this course expands your career options. 

This four-day classroom course covers advanced topics in interpretation, translation, cultural competence and ethics, and prepares you to pass the medical interpreter national certification exams required by many health care institutions.

Learning ASL can open doors to new employment opportunities, or help you communicate effectively with family and friends who are deaf or hearing-impaired. 

This introductory course prepares medical personnel and others who know basic sign language to assist deaf or hearing-impaired patients in preliminary interactions related to emergencies, admissions and procedure preparations.

This course will focus on some of the sign vocabulary and phrases that may be commonly used in a classroom.

University of Georgia online programs

University of Georgia online programs

(instructor-led)
In this course, bilingual individuals who work in schools or educational settings will learn the principles of interpreting and translation in an education environment. The program enables the participant to serve as a linguistic counselor who maintains the flow of communication without manipulating the message's content. 

(instructor-led)
This course will be invaluable to language interpreters who work with school officials, teachers and parents of special education children in K-12 settings. You’ll gain skills in accurately conveying information that can influence a child’s placement, support and eligibility for special education services.

Online, start anytime courses

Learn key Spanish phrases plus "Alert Words" to help you handle job-specific situations, such as gathering location information, comprehending the nature of the emergency, and much more.

Bridge the communication gap to get a competitive edge. Learn how to explain loan terms in Spanish and set up a new account. Plus, you'll start building a Spanish vocabulary of banking terminology.

Enrich your travel experiences with easy-to-learn vocabulary and phrases. This course will help you engage in conversations with local people when you travel abroad for business or pleasure.

This course helps corrections officers assure their safety and the safety of all involved. Learn Spanish phrases, commands and Spanish "Alert Words" to communicate with a Spanish-speaking prison population.

With job-specific Spanish phrases, your employees will be equipped to provide the Spanish-speaking community with exceptional customer service.

With a basic knowledge of key Spanish phrases and "Alert Words," first responders are prepared to better assess emergency situations, direct people to safety, and communicate with victims.

By understanding key Spanish phrases, healthcare professionals can collect medical and insurance information, set up appointments, comprehend symptoms described by Spanish-speaking patients, and help deliver quality care.

This course helps law enforcement officers assure the public safety for the Spanish-speaking public. They will learn key Spanish phrases, commands and "Alert Words" signaling danger.

This course helps park rangers, wildlife officers, and parks staff to communicate rules, directions, services and safety instructions with Spanish-speaking visitors.

Online, instructor-led courses for self-improvement

This course establishes a foundation for continuous learning. Topics include a review of all tenses, the use of modals, the adjective clause, the noun clause, the adverb clause, phrases, count and non-count nouns and some English terms.

This course helps you build on your grammatical strengths. Explore the basics of English grammar, such as sentence structure and punctuation. Then you'll progress to more sophisticated concepts, like logic and clarity.

Learning Italian is fun and surprisingly easy. You will hear and practice Italian online as you apply the language in a wide variety of educational and travel settings.

With six tips for "gluing" Spanish words together to form sentences, you'll quickly be able to converse in basic Spanish in a variety of situations.

Become more conversational and more comfortable in Spanish-speaking situations. See new words, hear them pronounced properly, practice your pronunciation, and use them in conversations.

Guided practice will include lots of new vocabulary, pronunciation, and speed drills, as well as in-depth study of Spanish parts of speech.