Admission must be granted before a student is allowed to register for any program.

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A.  General Requirements for all programs:

  1. A completed application form
  2. High school and/or College Diploma. Applicants who received degrees from non-accredited institutions or who are applying without an undergraduate degree will be considered on an individual basis.
  3. Personal statement in English and a Second Language
  4. Application fee: $35

B. 1-year Certificate in Translation and Interpretation

1. General requirements

2. A tape of personal statement in English and a Second Language

C. ESL Program

1. A completed application form.

2. A completed high school transcript or affidavit (or the equivalent) stating their completion from a high school program.

3. Completion of an English proficiency exam to determine their level of English proficiency prior to entering the program and for proper placement in the IEP training. LATI will use an institutional entrance test to determine English proficiency if the student can submit a TOEFL score that is no more than 2 years old in lieu of this requirement.

4. An admissions interview to determine the student’s level of English ability.

*It is the student’s responsibility to insure that all documents and forms are submitted to the Institute. Once the School receives all required documents and forms, the student’s application file will be deemed complete and a decision will be made by the Academic Dean. Admission decisions will be made within 30 days of receiving all required documentation. Students will not be admitted to the school without the required documentation and registration fees.

*Students admitted to the certificate degree program will be required to pay a matriculation fee of $25 to reserve their enrollment in the school. Students admitted to the master’s degree program will be required to pay a matriculation fee of $100 to reserve their enrollment in the school. Admission is granted for a period of one year.

Special Note

If an applicant does not accept one’s admission or fails to matriculate after one year of acceptance to LATI programs, the applicant will need to go through the admission process again. This will mean that the applicant must submit a non-refundable registration fee again along with the application packet. Previous admission does not guarantee re-admission.

Admission Criteria for GPA and TOEFL scores

For admission to the MA program, students must have at least a 2.5 overall undergraduate GPA and a TOEFL score of 550 if English is not their first language.

For all certificate programs, the students must have at least a 2.5 GPA, a sample of previous translation work. LATI will require that the student provide it with official copies of all previous educational postsecondary work to verify grade point averages earned towards admission.

Notice regarding concurrent IEP and program enrollment

A student will not be allowed to enroll in an IEP program while they are enrolled in a degree or certificate program.

D. Certificate in Mission Language program

 A student applying for Mission language program shall submit two letters of recommendations from the church in addition to basic requirement in the above A.

TOEFL Requirement

All applicants whose native language is not English must submit a Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. The minimum TOEFL score is as indicated below:

LAITI Minimum TOEFL Standards are:












Exemption from the TOEFL Requirement

Applicants may be exempted from the TOEFL requirement if they can present proof of one of the following:

  • 3 years of full-time enrollment at Secondary or post-secondary institution where English is the main language of instruction.
  • 60 transferable semester or 90 quarter units, or English composition with a grade of “C” or better from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have successfully completed highest level of an ESL Academic Preparation Program in the U.S.
  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
  • Education originates from countries in which the official language is English.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band score of 5.5



Forms and Catalogs

School Catalogue 2019 (1)

Application Form (1)

 Enrollment Agreement 2019