Court Interpreter Training Institute (CITI)

About the CITI

The ​CITI ​is ​a ​hybrid (online and onsite), ​intensive ​professional ​development ​program ​for Spanish/English ​legal ​interpreters. Interpretation is both an art and a science, requiring very specialized training. Our federally certified and highly experienced instructors, combined with our extensive curriculum, offer a level of quality not easily matched. The CITI is committed to providing students with individual attention. The CITI program is also an ideal way to prepare for both the oral and written portions of the State or Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination (FCICE).

In 2020, the CITI will be offered as a hybrid program, with a series of webinars in June 2020 followed by two weeks of intensive, onsite instruction at the University of Arizona. 

June 2020 Online + July 6 – 17, 2020 in Tucson, AZ   |   $2595   



Objective of the CITI

  • To provide maximum time-on-task to increase the benefit gained from practice sessions and critiques with faculty members.
  • Comprehensive diagnostic testing is performed at the start and end of each institute, to give you a detailed analysis of how your language and interpreting skills have improved during the institute.

120 hours of instruction! Including:

  • 19+ hours of terminology building
  • 13+ hours of simultaneous interpretation
  • 12+ hours of consecutive interpretation
  • 11+ hours of sight translation
  • 6+ hours of ethics and protocol

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Program Delivery

  • June 2020 will present a series of webinars to introduce techniques and terminology that will be put into practice during the onsite training July 6-17
  • Much of the institute is spent in the language laboratory and small group workshops
  • Working closely with instructors and fellow students on simultaneous and consecutive interpretation and sight translation techniques and strategies


Lecture topics run the gamut of areas essential to working interpreters, from:

  • Legal procedure
  • Drugs
  • Weaponry
  • Ethics
  • Protocol
  • Memory development techniques
  • Note-taking skills
  • Test preparation.

Funding Opportunities

arizona wioa funding

  • Arizona residents may be eligible for funding through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Learn more by contacting your local Arizona One-Stop Service Center.  Residents of other states may also inquire at their local One-Stop Service Center to see if they are eligible in their state.

university of arizona graduate scholarship

  • Sponsored by the UA Department of Spanish and Portuguese, this opportunity is new for 2020.   One full CITI scholarship is available for a qualified student admitted to one of the graduate programs in the UA Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  If you are applying to one of these programs, please indicate on your application your interest in being considered for the CITI tuition scholarship.  More details coming soon!

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must provide the following three documents to ensure that they possess a sufficient level of bilingualism and interpreting/translating experience to benefit from the CITI:

Letter of Interest

Applicants must submit a letter of interest indicating why they want to attend the CITI.  The letter should also describe how the applicants acquired their bilingualism and what kind of experience they have had with interpreting or translating.


Applicants must submit a current resume.  The resume should highlight the applicants’ language experience and any interpreting or translating credentials earned.

Letter of Recommendation

Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a current employer, volunteer coordinator, recent educator, or other professional with knowledge of the applicants’ interpreting experience or ability. The letter should include a description of the applicants’ bilingual skills in a professional context.

International Applicants

The National Center for Interpretation at the University of Arizona welcomes all levels of professionals into our workshops and seminars. We encourage international applicants to make visa arrangements well in advance to allow time for completion of travel logistics.

We also encourage you to take your notification of acceptance and/or confirmation of registration into the NCI program to your visa interview as well as proof of your professional status as an interpreter in your country.

To estimate the approximate wait for a visa appointment in your local U.S. embassy or consulate, please visit the US State Department website.

Persons traveling to any NCI program as international participants are highly encouraged to obtain private health insurance for the period of time they will be in the U.S. and to carry appropriate documentation of legal status during their stay.

International Visiting Scholars must arrive on a J-1 visa

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Application Process

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Online application is fast, secure and convenient with our online ordering system. NCI can receive payment only by credit card, debit card, or pre-paid cards. Checks or cash are not accepted.


  • NCI will verify your eligibility for the CITI.
  • You will receive an acceptance letter and your acceptance packet, which contains information about housing, required materials, and discounts.
  • Upon receipt of your acceptance letter, you will have 30 days to pay a non-refundable deposit of $295 towards your tuition to reserve your seat.

Application and Tuition Costs

  • Application Fee: $50
  • CITI Tuition: $2595 (including $295 deposit)

Important Deadlines

Deadline to apply to the CITI: May 25, 2020
Deadline to pay CITI tuition balance: May 28, 2020
CITI webinars start: June 6, 2020

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Next Steps for CITI Participants

The following information has been prepared for students in the CITI program. Since these programs are offered face-to-face in Tucson, Arizona, we have gathered some important sections that are relevant to CITI students.

  • Diagnostic pre-testing: June 1-5, 2020
  • Webinars: Start June 6th
  • In Tucson: July 6 – 17, 2020

This year, the Court Interpreter Training Institute (CITI) is being held on the The University of Arizona Campus in Tucson, Arizona.  The CITI runs Monday through Friday, 8am-5:30pm, so your weekends are your own to study, relax, and explore Tucson.  When making your arrangements, please keep in mind that Tucson is HOT in July and plan accordingly.  You’ll want sun screen, a water bottle, perhaps a hat.

Housing Options

Out-of-town CITI participants have several options for lodging.  There are two hotels in the University area which are within walking distance of the CITI: the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel and the Aloft Tucson University Hotel.  Participants are welcome to make their own arrangements at either hotel or through an online service such as Airbnb.

CITI participants can also stay in Coronado Residence Hall here on the University campus.  In 2020, it will be $46/night.  The rooms are single occupancy suite-style rooms, with a bathroom shared by two rooms, and a kitchen shared by the dorm.  the dorm also has pay laundry machines. You can contact us for details.

Participants are responsible for their own food.  There are a number of restaurant options near the University’s Main Gate as well as in the University’s Student Unions.  There are also supermarkets nearby, as well as the Food Conspiracy Co-op and Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market along the streetcar line.


SunTran and SunLink provide bus service and modern streetcar serve the Tucson metro area including the University of Arizona campus, downtown Tucson, and Tucson International Airport. See routes, timetables, and fares at and at

For information about the Tucson Airport and its transportation options please visit


Participants with cars will be responsible for making their own parking arrangements. Once you have been accepted to the program, we will send you an application for a parking permit if you choose to get one..


CITI participants are responsible for their own meals.  The University of Arizona campus has a number of inexpensive restaurants in the Student Union, including the popular Cactus Grill. There are also many restaurants and a couple of grocery stores nearby. There are also many food options available at Main Gate Square, located on University Blvd.


Tucson weather can be hot in the summer, with highs typically above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. With the proper precautions such as drinking plenty of water and using an umbrella, summer time in Tucson is an enjoyable experience. Especially if you are planning to swim at the Recreation Center’s swimming pool! (more details below). We also have the monsoon season which brings a lot of rain in the summer time, usually in the month of July.