Conference Interpreting, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Semester)
    Tuition (Semester)
  • English, French (take IELTS)
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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 departments online portal. The use of cutting edge communication technologies properly equips future interpreters for the current demands of the profession.

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 candidates 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.

Programme Structure

  • Thematic courses (80 Credits) :
  1. International organisations, parliamentary
  2. procedures and terminology
  3. Interpretation theory
  4. General consecutive interpreting
  5. Consecutive interpreting
  6. Supervised practice in consecutive interpreting
  7. General simultaneous interpreting
  8. Technical simultaneous interpreting
  9. Simultaneous interpreting
  10. Supervised practice in simultaneous interpreting
  • Dissertation (10 Credits)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

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 three 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.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 460 International
  • EUR 460 EU/EEA
  • Tuition fee is 500 CHF per semester


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