M.A. Conference Interpreting

  • On Campus
  • 15 months
  • EUR700 Year (Non-EEA)
  • French
Geneva Summer Schools-University of Geneva | Geneva, Switzerland
The Master in Conference Interpreting is designed to train future conference interpreters in simultaneous and consecutive interpreting. The programme also examines parliamentary procedures, conference terminology, international organisations and interpretation theory. The range of available languages allows students to choose combinations relevant to the job market. It is a blended-learning programme that combines traditional courses with distance learning through the departmentís online portal. The use of cutting edge communication technologies properly equips future interpreters for the current demands of the profession.

Description of Conference Interpreting

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All candidates must choose a language combination of 2, 3 or 4 languages, amongst Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. Language combinations consist of a mother tongue or primary language and either one other active language or two or three other languages, one of which may be active and the other(s) passive. The choice of combination depends on the candidateís level of proficiency (active or passive).

Career opportunities

The training received at FTI opens up a number of opportunities in both the public and private sectors. Upon the completion of their studies, students of the interpreting stream may find work in-house or as freelance interpreters in a large number of areas and professions, such as international organisations, NGOs, publishing, translation agencies, administration, documentation centres, research institutes, banking, insurance, courts, the media and teaching.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 10 January
Tuition fee
  • EUR 700 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 700 Year (EEA)

During the online application process, applicants with a foreign degree will be charged an administrative fee of 65 CHF, to be deducted from the first-semester tuition fees.

Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS

3 semesters (max. 5 semesters), 90 ECTS credits

Thematic courses, 80 credits

  • International organisations, parliamentary procedures and terminology
  • Interpretation theory
  • General consecutive interpreting
  • Consecutive interpreting
  • Supervised practice in consecutive interpreting
  • General simultaneous interpreting
  • Technical simultaneous interpreting
  • Simultaneous interpreting
  • Supervised practice in simultaneous interpreting

Dissertation, 10 credits

Duration full-time 15 months
Languages
  • French
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Requirements for Conference Interpreting

A Bachelor in Multilingual Communication, or an equivalent degree. In addition, students must pass an entrance exam and have an excellent command of the languages in their chosen combination. They must also provide evidence that they have spent at least four months in a country where one of the passive languages in their chosen combination is the official language. Additional courses may be required depending on prior studies.

Language of instruction

French and the languages in the studentís chosen combination (English, in a few cases)

Level of French required

Eliminatory general test for non-Francophones who do not have French as part of their language combination with the exception of the following cases

www.unige.ch/frenchexam

Work Experience for Conference Interpreting

No work experience is required.

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Geneva Summer Schools-University of Geneva, Switzerland

Switzerland The University of Geneva is a French-speaking comprehensive University with a wide range of programmes in English. In addition to its nine faculties, it also boasts six National Centres of Competence in Research (PlanetS, SwissMap, Chemical Biology, Affective Sciences, Synaptic Bases of Mental Disease, LIVES Overcoming vulnerabilities) and is a co-founder of the Swiss Network for International Studies.