Admissions to the Program

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the Graduate Programs of the University of Puerto Rico College of Humanities are:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • A minimum 3.00 grade point average (on a 4.00 point scale system) both cumulative and for major field of study. As an exception, the Program can admit students with a GPA lower than 3.00.
  • Knowledge of Spanish and English.

Admission Procedure

All admissions to the Graduate Program in Translation (PGT) are processed via ApplyYourself. You can find the application forms and instructions to complete the electronic admission, as well as the graduate admissions calendar or Graduate Admissions - UPR Río Piedras.

Applicants should submit the completed electronic application which, in addition to your personal, academic, and professional data, includes:

  • An essay explaining your interest in pursuing graduate studies and your long-term professional or research plans. A strong essay usually expands on information about the applicant's qualifications, interests, and experience. It also serves as an example of writing and composition skills.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or other qualified individuals who can provide information on your academic performance, intellectual qualities, and other attributes that qualify the applicant for graduate studies. Those submitting recommendations can use the form provided on ApplyYourself or can send their recommendations to the Graduate Program in Translation via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via regular mail to the PGT's postal address:

    Graduate Program in Translation
    13 Ave Universidad Ste 1301
    San Juan, PR 00925-2533
  • Two official transcripts that include all higher education studies up to the application date. If you are seeking admission from a program outside the University of Puerto Rico system, the Registrar's Office must mail your transcripts to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Applicants must submit an official description of the approved courses for each institution at which he or she has studied. Said description can be from official course catalogues or informative bulletins from the institution.

In addition, you will be required to take the Admissions Exam offered by PGT in which you will:

  • Read a text of approximately 750 words in the source language.
  • Prepare a summary of the text in the source language (175 to 200 words), using a word processor and following a set of simple formatting parameters.
  • Answer one question (200 to 250 words) in the target language.
  • Translate one or two excerpts of approximately 200 words into the target language.

The purpose of this exam is to measure the applicant's skills regarding translation and writing in the target language (50%), their capacity for critical thinking (analysis and opinion, 25%), their comprehension and writing skills in the source language (20%), and their computer skills (5%). This exam is only administered on-line. You can view the correction rubric (only in Spanish) by clicking on the link. This test is only offered in the English?Spanish and Spanish?English language combinations. Date and time will be announced to applicants via e-mail.Be sure to check your spam folder regularly, as our e-mails can get accidentally delivered there!

The applicant must ensure that transcripts and recommendation letters arrive on time. PGT Admissions Committee will not evaluate incomplete applications.

The deadline for requesting admission to the Program is established by the Dean for Graduate Studies and Research of the Universty of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. We recommend that all applicants visit the Dean for Graduate Studies and Research (DEGI) Web site on a regular basis to learn about the admissions schedule, as well as the opportunities and services offered by the institution for its graduate students at Graduate Admissions UPR Río Piedras.

Deferred Admission

Students are expected to enroll in the year in which they were granted admission. Admitted students who cannot begin studying in the year for which they were admitted may request deferred admission for the following semester or the following year. If you wish to defer your admission, you must notify the program, otherwise your space may be offered to another student.


Students who interrupt their studies for one or more semesters must request readmission. Readmission to the Graduate Program in Translation (PGT) is processed via ApplyYourself. You can find the application forms and instructions to complete the electronic admission, as well as the graduate admissions calendar on Graduate Admissions - UPR Río Piedras. When requesting readmission, you must send a letter stating the reasons why your studies were interrupted.

Special Study Permission

Special study permission will only be granted to students who have requested regular admission to the PGT and have been denied admission. This permission will be awarded strictly by ranking up to the minimum admissions score and maximum available seating as established every year by the PGT Graduate Committee. Special study permission will be awarded only for one semester. At the end of said semester, students that have received an A grade in courses registered for special study permission will be allowed to request regular admission once again and will be admitted the next semester.

Only in exceptional cases that are duly justified, and with the approval of the majority of the members of the PGT Graduate Committee, will a special study permit be awarded to a student that has not requested regular admission to the PGT or that, having requested regular admission, received a score that is lower than the minimum admissions score established by the Graduate Committee for that year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 March 2018 12:07