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Translation degrees abroad

A degree in translation will give you the skills, knowledge, and competencies you’ll need to start a successful career as a translator. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of language structure, register, and discourse, as well as developing the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for your personal and professional development.

As a translation student, you’ll focus on combining the theory behind translation with methodology and practical skills. Most programs will focus on the translation of specific languages like Spanish, German, or Mandarin, and you can also study country-specific cultural subjects like European Cinema.

There is an increasingly high demand for translation skills around the world, and studying abroad is a great way to kick-start your career. Immersing yourself in another country with a different language is a great way to develop your translation skills outside of the classroom, giving you a distinct advantage after graduation.

Translation program structure

If you want to study translation at the undergraduate level, most programs are available as BA. You’ll usually study over four years, with one year spent studying abroad so you can develop your translation skills.

On most bachelor’s programs, you will focus on one or two languages. Many programs also combine translation and interpretation, or another related subject like modern languages or European studies. If you choose to study in the US, your program will usually follow the liberal arts model, so you’ll study other minor subjects alongside your major in translation.

Postgraduate programs in translation are relatively rare, but it is possible to study a master’s as an MA or MLang (Master of Language) over one or two years. Master’s usually focus on a specific area or specialization of translation, like literary translation, or translation for business.

Your time will be spent in lectures and seminars, as well as practical classes where you’ll get the chance to practice the skills you’ve learned. Assessment will differ for each module you take, but you can expect to face coursework, written exams, oral exams and a dissertation.

The precise curriculum and course content of your program will vary depending on the university you attend, and the languages you choose to study. However, there are some core subjects all programs will cover to some extent, including:

  • Translation methods
  • Translation theory
  • Advanced language
  • Cultural awareness
  • Analysis for linguists
  • Specialized translation
  • Professional translation skills
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Translation study abroad programs

What are the top translation undergraduate programs abroad?

  • Central Washington UniversitySpanish: Translation and Interpretation - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Interpretation, Translation, Spanish
    Location
    Ellensburg, USA
    Next start date
    September 2024
    Annual tuition fee
    23,880USD
  • SSML Pisa UniversitySpecialist and Audiovisual Interpretation and Translation - BSc (with foundation)

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Oct
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Translation
    Location
    Pisa, Italy
    Next start date
    October 2024
    Annual tuition fee
    10,000EUR
  • Central Washington UniversitySpanish: Translation and Interpretation - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Interpretation, Translation, Spanish
    Location
    Ellensburg, USA
    Next start date
    September 2024
    Annual tuition fee
    23,880USD

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What are the top translation postgraduate programs abroad?

  • RMIT UniversityTranslating and Interpreting - MATI

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Feb, Jul
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Interpretation, Translation
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Next start date
    February 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    36,480AUD
  • University of the WestReligious Studies: Buddhist Texts and Translation - MA

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Jun, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Religious Studies, Translation
    Location
    Los Angeles, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    12,546USD

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Future translation careers

Translation degrees are geared toward creating the next generation of successful translation professionals, but there is a range of different careers you could aim for.

Here are some roles you might consider as a translation graduate:

  • Translator
  • Language teacher
  • Interpreter
  • International business liaison
  • Business consultant
  • Editor
  • Diplomat

As well as providing the opportunity to study abroad, most programs also offer work placement opportunities. These are a great way of learning and gaining experience in the type of career you might pursue after graduation.

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