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MA in Conference Interpreting

Course Description

Conference Interpreting is one of three specialisations within the MA Degree Programme in Applied Linguistics and is designed for all graduates interested in becoming professional conference interpreters. Our programme provides the tools and academic skills you need to compete – and remain competitive – in the challenging field of multilingual communication. You will learn to interpret at a professional level by:
• analysing language transfer problems
• developing solutions and strategies
• applying appropriate methods and tools

Your professional future

In our globalised world, multilingualism plays an increasingly important role. As a result, experts in multilingual communication are indispensable and so are qualified conference interpreters. Professional conference interpreters work:
• for government offices
• for national and international parliaments and organisations
• in private industry and business
• for trade unions, political parties, professional associations, etc.

Your MA programme

Apart from background studies and theory-based courses in linguistics and translation studies, the programme includes practice-oriented courses in:
• simultaneous and consecutive interpreting
• note-taking, memory training, public speaking and voice training
• terminology management
• professional skills

You have the opportunity to gain a direct insight into professional practice by:
• visiting potential clients / employers
• interpreting at simulated conferences
• practising in “dummy booths” at conferences
• interpreting in real-life settings

Our international team of lecturers are recognised experts from the academic world and/or professional practice. Our low teacher-student ratio in taught classes allows us to pay close attention to individual needs.

Language combinations

For details please click here:

Please note that German must be one of the languages you study.

Interpreting preparation course

We offer a preparation course in interpreting techniques and skills to prepare students for the aptitude test. This course includes:
• sight translation
• note-taking and memory training
• introduction to consecutive interpreting
• liaison interpreting
• key terminology for business and economics
• background studies

Related MA/BA programmes at the School of Applied Linguistics

We offer two more MA pathways:
• Professional Translation (please visit http://www.findamasters.com/search/CourseDetails.aspx?CID=25381)
• Organisational Communication

Our MA Degree Programme is based on the following undergraduate programmes:
• BA in Applied Languages with Specialisations in Multilingual Communication, Multimodal Communication and Technical Communication
• BA in Communication with Specialisations in Journalism and Organisational Communication.

Visit the MA in Conference Interpreting page on the Zurich University of Applied Sciences website for more details!

All Available Videos:

(Student Profile)

Sarka Novak

5238.jpg “Interpreting isn’t just vocational training. It’s more like a school for life. I’m not only learning a profession – I’m also getting to know my limits and learning to recognise my strengths and weaknesses.”

(Student Profile)

Sonja Spielhofer

5239.jpg “I’ve learnt that interpreting goes far beyond language competence and multitasking. You need a solid background knowledge in so many different areas – and I now know how to go about acquiring this knowledge.”

(Student Profile)

Elisabeth Graf

5240.jpg “In the interpreting programme, we study in small groups so the lecturers can address the needs of individual students. The lecturers are all experienced interpreters so we focus on the skills and techniques required in professional practice.”


Entry Requirements

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Last Updated

15 March 2017

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