Translation and Verification

Please note that we are not a certified translation agency.

The Department of World Languages & Literatures is a translation and verification center for several languages. Our services are frequently requested by potential incoming SJSU students and you may be assured that we have extensive experience. We translate and verify documents in languages we currently teach; although many of our translators are multi-lingual and we may be able to provide services for additional languages, these translations will be handled on a “case by case” basis.

Please note that we are not a certified translation agency and that our faculty members and advanced graduate students translate your academic documents. We have translators available in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
  • Italian

We provide two types of translations: (1) Translation Verifications, and (2) Complete Translations.

1) Translation Verifications

You may request a translation verifiction when an orignal document has already been translated and needs to be SJSU verified and sealed. During the academic year, the process will generally take 5-15 business days. During the Summer and Winter break, the timeline may increase. We will discuss the timeline with you at the start of your transaction.

Processing Translation Verifications

Bring the original document to our office on your initial visit. You must then follow up by emailing an editable electronic file of the mirror-to-mirror* translation for our use. The translator will verify your translation and make any necessary corrections (additional translation may be .35/word); it will then be sealed with official WLL seals. The timeline begins when we receive your email with attachment. If you cannot supply the electronic version, we can retype the entire document for you, the charge is the same as word-by-word translation (.35 /word) or you may retype it yourself.
*A mirror-to-mirror translation has every letter and mark on the original document, including logo and stamp spaceholders.

Translation Verifications Costs

The cost of a translation verification is $40.00 for up to three pages and $5.00 per additional page. We ask that you leave a cash deposit for at least half of the anticipated cost, the minimum deposit being $20.00. Please note: If the translation has more than 10 mistakes per page, we charge .35 cents per word that is corrected. Payment of the remaining balance is due in cash at the time you pick up your documents. You will receive a cover letter and one set of sealed documents (the translation and the original copy), plus one copy of the set for your own records. Additional sets can be purchased for $5.00 each.

2) Complete Translations

We also translate documents word-by-word. Depending on the size of the document, the process will generally take 5-15 business days. This time, however, may vary depending on document size and the translator's schedule. During the Summer and Winter breaks, the timeline will increase. We will discuss the timeline with you at the start of your transaction.

Processing Translations

Bring the original document on your initial visit to our office. It will be copied and immediately returned. Every word and mark will be translated, your documents will be formatted mirror-to-mirror* and it will be sealed with an official WLL seal. We ask that you allow us ample time to process your translation or verification request.
*A mirror-to-mirror translation has every letter and mark on the original document, including logo and stamp spaceholders.

Translation Costs

The cost of a complete translation is .35 cents per word with a $40.00 minimum charge. We ask that you leave a cash deposit for at least half of the anticipated translation cost. The deposit will depend on how large your document is, starting at a minimum of $20.00. Please note: the charge is per language; if you have documents in more than one language, they will be treated as separate requests. Payment of the remaining balance is due in cash at the time you pick up your documents. You will receive a cover letter and one set of sealed documents (the translation and the original copy), plus one copy of the set for your own records. Additional sets can be purchased for $5.00 each.

Please note that we are not a certified translation agency.

For more information, please contact:
Ashley Daniels 
Department of World Languages & Literatures
Clark Hall 421
408-924-4603
Hours: M-F 8:30-12:30
ashley.daniels@sjsu.edu