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Diploma in Translation Course

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The UK’s Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) administers its own Diploma in Translation (DipTrans), a postgraduate-level qualification indicating a professional level of competence in translation.

The examination consists of 3 papers; one general and two semi-specialist, all taken on a single day, usually in January and horribly close to New Year!

You can sit the exam at a variety of locations throughout the UK and abroad (often at British Council premises) and in a wide variety of language combinations - including German to English and English to German.

Although the CIOL itself doesn’t run any preparatory courses for the DipTrans, it does list a variety of institutions which do; it does not officially endorse or recommend any particular course.

The following institutes offer Diploma in Translation courses in the German-English and/or English-German combination.



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Diploma in Translation course: UK

Translator Training with Susan James Associates

Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 9PB, www.translator-training.com
Contact Susan James: 0044 20 8568 7292


• Distance learning

German to English and English to German (and other language combinations). Candidates practice by translating past CIOL examination papers which are then marked by university lecturers (and who have often worked as examiners for the DipTrans themselves).

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City University

Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB
www.city.ac.uk/translation

• Distance learning

The CIOL’s conditions for qualifying to sit the DipTrans apply. Course takes the form of 3 modules, each of 10 weeks duration. Candidates who complete each module are issued with a Certificate of Completion although this is not a requirement for sitting the DipTrans.


University of Westminster

309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW
www.westminster.ac.uk

• Part time / on campus

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages at Westminster runs a one-year course to prepare candidates for the DipTrans exam. The German to English combination is one of several language pairs available.
The courses are part time and aimed at those currently working - they run over 30 weeks and for a total of 60 hours – one 2-hour evening session each week at the university. Independent study is also required.


Diploma in Translation course: Ireland

Words Language Services (WLS)

44 Northumberland Road, Dublin 4
www.wls.ie

• Distance learning

No fixed course duration but a maximum of 3 to 5 years is permitted to complete the course. A choice of a standard course involving a total of 8 assignments and the option of an extra 4 assignments, designed to cover each of the subject areas offered by the DipTrans papers. Each assignment involves 2 source language texts, corrected work being returned within 10 days.


Diploma in Translation Course: Germany

Akademie für Fremdsprachen GmbH

Lietzenburger Str. 102 - 10707 Berlin
www.akafremd.de

• Part time/ evening classes

The Akademie is a private language school in Berlin offering preparatory courses for the DipTrans, both in the combinations German to English and English to German. The courses are run on a monthly basis in the form of weekly evening classes. The CIOL awarded the Akademie with the Schlapps Oliver Shield in 2010, for the best Diploma in Translation Centre.

The Akademie is also an official examination centre for the DipTrans.


Dom-Schule Fremdsprachen

Christophstr. 40, D-50670 Cologne
www.domschule.de

• Full time/part time

The Dom Schule offers both full and part-time preparatory courses for the DipTrans but no further details are given on the website – you will need to contact them directly.

The Dom Schule is also an official examination centre for the DipTrans.


Staatliche Fremdsprachschule

Mittelweg 42a, Hamburg
www.sfs-hamburg.de

The website is not terribly informative, but the Staatliche Fremdsprachenschule in Hamburg does offer preparatory courses for the DipTrans in several language pairs including German to English and English to German, and request that you call for further details.

The Staatliche Fremdsprachenschule is also an official examination centre for the DipTrans.







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