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How to choose a translation school

How to choose a translation school

Translation is an activity that involves the interpretation of the meaning of a source text in one language, to a target text or translation in another language. A distinction is made between translating (referred to transfer ideas expressed in writing, between languages) and interpreting (referred to transfer ideas expressed orally, between languages).

Translation is one of the most growing areas in university education and you may choose to study translation in several languages. For people interested in translation or interpretation, evidently the most important skill is knowledge of at least two, if not multiple languages. Some of the potential language studies might include: Spanish language studies, French language studies, African language studies, German language studies, Italian language studies, Near Eastern and Judaic language studies, Asian language studies, Asian language studies, Portuguese language studies and Russian language studies.

School quality depends on many characteristics, not all easily measurable, and not all equally important for each individual. When choosing a translation school, there are a lot of things you should consider:
  • Get as much information as you can about the school you are interested in. This will give you a better idea about teaching methods, whether they include lectures, seminars, tutorials, role plays, workshops and group work.

  • Prior to submit your application, it's essential to read the school's admission criteria; different schools have different criteria.

  • Get information about language level required. Most Schools require applicants to have excellent writing/speaking skills in their first language. Other Schools require having good second-language knowledge.

  • Get information about how many taught hours does the course have in a week.

  • Get information whether course specializes in certain fields, ie literature, translation, media translating.

  • It is very important to know what are the tuition fees and living expenses in the School.

  • Some schools offer a limited number of scholarships to overseas students. Get information whether you can apply for a scholarship.

  • Get information about tuition fees, and whether the teaching material is included in the course price.

  • Knowing how many students are on your course each year might tell you the importance and relevance of the school.