Bachelor in Sign Language Interpretation

The Bachelor in Sign Language Interpretation (BSLI) program is a 3-year program designed to equip students with necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to become professional sign language interpreters. Through its comprehensive curriculum in Filipino Sign Language development, linguistics, history, interpreting theories and techniques, as well as mentoring opportunities, field assignments in various interpreting areas and research, BSLI prepares its graduates to become language facilitators and cultural ambassadors between Deaf and hearing communities.

Graduates of BSLI can work in various fields—medical, mental health, academic, media, legal, community, and industry as interpreters or translators. They also have the opportunity to work in international settings such as the United Nations as well as become trainers for future interpreters and teachers for the Deaf.

Admission Requirements for 2nd Term, AY 2022-23

Application Criteria

A. For academic year 22-23 admission, all Filipino applicants should:

    1. have completed senior high school upon application;

    2. have at least 80% average in their academic performance;

    3. be of good moral standing;

    4. have clear visual and auditory acuity (i.e., be able to see and hear instructions well) upon recommendation of the applicant’s family physician.

B. Transferees and second degree-holders can also apply for 2T AY 22-23 admission. It should be noted, however, that all successful applicants will be required to take all program courses as no accreditation of previously taken subjects will be processed at this time.

General Procedures

  1. All applications to the BSLI program will be coursed through the Benilde Center for Admissions. Procedures for admissions is posted under “Application Information” at https://www.benilde.edu.ph/sign-language-interpretation/.

     

  2. A one-time study grant with limited slots will be available to deserving BSLI students for the 2nd Term of academic year 22-23. This grant is provided by The Nippon Foundation of Japan through the Model Learning Institute on Deaf Centered Education (MLITEDCE).

The BSLI Study Grant details, application form, and procedures can be accessed from the SDEAS microsite at https://sdeas.benilde.edu.ph/bsli/ 

  1. An interview (in-person/online) will be conducted with SDEAS administrators for applicants who submitted all their requirements on time with the Benilde Center for Admissions.

Schedule

The second term application period for AY 2022-2023 will be from October 3 to November 29, 2022.

First batch application period: October 3 to October 31, 2022
       Program Interview: October 24-November 3, 2022
       Release of results online: November 6, 2022 

Second batch application period: November 3 to November 29, 2022   
       Program Interview: November 21 – December 1, 2022 
       Release of results online: December 4, 2022

       Confirmation period: November 6 to December 11, 2022
       Enrollment period : December 14 to 18, 2022
       Start of classes :  January 2023

FAQs

  1. Will you be accepting Deaf and Hard of Hearing applicants in the BSLI program?

The BSLI program will start accepting D/HH applicants by AY 2025-26. This is to give the SDEAS-IEP sufficient time to modify the curriculum content as well as have the necessary institutional accommodations in place.

  1. I already know sign language. Do I still need to take sign language subjects required in the course?

For students who already have competency in sign language, you will be required to take the Filipino Sign Language competency assessment (to be administered by SDEAS) to determine your skills level. Note however that advance placement in the BSLI program’s FSL courses will only be limited until FSL-102 (or an equivalent of six (6) units).

  1. I am already a working sign language interpreter without any formal degree in interpreting but with a previous bachelor’s degree in another field. Am I still required to take all courses in the program?

Working interpreters can be accepted for AY 22-23, however they will be required to take all courses within the program. No accreditation for previously taken courses will be made at this time.

For working interpreters who would like to have previously taken courses be accredited, the intake will be for AY 23-24. You will be required to submit your college credentials (transcript of record, certificate of graduation) for accreditation procedures. You will also need to take the Filipino Sign Language competency assessment to be administered by SDEAS.

  1. How will courses be taught: online or face-to-face?

As of academic year 2022-23, the BSLI program has been modified such that some courses will be taught fully online and others will be delivered in a blended modality (alternating between online and face-to-face). Laboratory courses will require full face-to-face participation on campus.

  1. There are other programs in the country that offer short courses (certificate/diploma) on interpreting. Why should I enroll in this three-year program?

Research shows that an interpreting program offered by as a degree by a college or university is a major contributing factor to professional readiness of sign language interpreters (Napier & Webb, 2015). The BSLI program not only trains you on the linguistic aspect of interpreting, but also on relevant knowledge (theories of interpreting), skills (translation practice, mentoring sessions), and attitude (ethical practices). The curriculum was developed through collaborative efforts of Deaf leaders, interpreting practitioners, and local (Philippine Federation of the Deaf, Philippine National Association of Sign Language Interpreters) and international  (World Association of Sign Language Interpreters, Rochester Institute of Technology-National Technical Institute for the Deaf) partner institutions to provide a more holistic and comprehensive approach in interpreter training. It will also be taught by faculty who have credentials as interpreting trainers and trained sign language experts.

Source:
Napier, J., & Webb, S.L. (2015). Job demands and resources: An exploration of sign language interpreter educators’ experiences. Conference of Interpreter Trainers.

Learn more about the BSLI Program here.
Click here to view the application procedures.
See the scholarship application procedures here.
Download the BSLI Study Grant Application here.

For questions, you may contact the following during office hours, Mondays to Fridays, 8 AM to 5 PM: 

Contact Information

For inquiries about the admissions procedure, e-mail admissions@benilde.edu.ph or call (via Viber):
Ms. Claire – 09452788877 
Mr. Paulo – 09496683082 
Ms. Lhor – 09452785612 

For inquiries on the BSLI program, e-mail deaf.studies@benilde.edu.ph