Visiting Scholars

For more than 30 years, the University of Arizona’s National Center for Interpretation (NCI) has been the leader in interpreter training and testing in the United States. As a top research university, the University of Arizona is an academically rich environment in which to conduct research.

The National Center for Interpretation is committed to promoting intercultural communication and social justice for language minorities through cutting-edge research, training, and testing for interpreters and translators while advancing professionalism. Through its efforts, NCI has transformed the landscape of language services in this country, advancing legal rights, improving access to medical care and supporting educational excellence. NCI invites visiting scholars to apply to participate in a program of research where bilingual scholars have an opportunity to observe the teaching legal and/or medical interpretation in our nationally renowned Agnese Haury Institute (held annually in June), and then in collaboration with NCI develop curricular materials in targeted languages for future institutes, all while researching and observing the work of NCI. The Agnese Haury Institutes: Started in 1983, the Agnese Haury Institutes now compromise the Court Interpreter Training Institute (CITI) and the Medical Interpreter Training Institute (MITI). Both programs are among the premier interpretation Spanish/English training programs in the United States. With an average skill improvement level of 40%, the Agnese Haury Institutes are unmatched in both the quality and methodology of instruction offered. Held annually in June, the Agnese Haury Institutes draw 80-100 students from all over the country, as well as internationally. 


To be considered for a visiting scholar position at NCI, applicants must have completed at least a Masters or Doctorate in interpretation, translation, or a related field. A minimum equivalency of TOEFL iBT 81 is required. International applicants must have funding from their home institute and hold a current passport valid for at least 6 months after the intended arrival date.


Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer any funding or housing for the scholars. The scholar (or scholar's sponsor) is responsible for paying all associated costs including passport, visa, travel, insurance, living and research expenses, university id card, and any other incidentals.


To apply to be a visiting scholar at NCI, please submit the following documents to Your application will be reviewed upon receipt of all documentation.

Your completed application will include:

  • an updated CV
  • a proposal for research
  • 2 professional letters of recommendation
  • an original letter of financial support from the home institution or sponsor for all expenses during your stay in Tucson
  • an official TOEFL iBT score of 81 or higher, a 6 or higher on IELTS, or the equivalent in another English language exam
  • a letter of guarantee of employment upon return to the home institution, and
  • a cover letter explaining why NCI seems to be the best location for conducting research

More information about J-1 Exchange Visitor requirements Please see the website of the University of Arizona Office of International Faculty and Scholars ( for information on:

Conditions of Visitor Program:

  • DS-2019 Request Form
  • Health Insurance information for J-1 Exchange Visitors
  • UA Scholars information
  • UA Health Insurance Information