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Study translation abroad

An in-depth guide to studying translation as an international student.

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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

Translation undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in translation

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    Applied Language and Translation Studies (Common Entry) - BA Dublin City University, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Translation - BA (Hons) London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,700 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Global Language/Japanese Translation and Interpretation - BA Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,920 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Translation and Interpretation - BA Yasar University, Turkey

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,000 USD
    Start date
    September
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Translation graduate programs

Master's in translation

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    Translation Studies - MA University of Portsmouth, UK
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    7,750 GBP
    Start date
    October, January
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    Translation Technology - MSc Dublin City University, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,000 EUR
    Start date
    September, February
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    Translation Studies with TESOL - MSc University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Translation - MA London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,250 GBP
    Start date
    September
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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.