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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.

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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

Translation study abroad programs

Translation undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in translation

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    Spanish: Translation and Interpretation - BA Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,880 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,880 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Specialist and Audiovisual Interpretation and Translation - BSc (with foundation) SSML Pisa University, Italy

    Program type
    42 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,823 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 EUR

    Start date
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Translation graduate programs

Master's in translation

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    Translating and Interpreting - MATI RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,743 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,480 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Religious Studies: Buddhist Texts and Translation - MA University of the West, USA

    Program type
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,546 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,546 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
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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.