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).
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.
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.
3 semesters (max. 5 semesters), 90 ECTS credits
Thematic courses, 80 credits
Dissertation, 10 credits
Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the French language. Find a French course on Language Learning Portal.
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
No work experience is required.
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