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Find a Diploma in Translation Course to prepare for the DipTrans exams in German and English

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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, and are based in the UK, Ireland, and Germany. (For other countries please refer to the CIOL website.)



Diploma in Translation course:  UK

Translator Training with Susan James Associates

• Distance learning

Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 9PB, www.translator-training.com

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).

Susan James offers introductory, improvement and follow-up courses, each costing around €400.

Read Joanna's review of the course offered by Susan James Associates.


Linguist Training

  • Distance learning

Talking Heads, Savile Street, Sheffield, S4 7UQ, www.linguisttraining.com

Range of intensive, full and half courses to prepare for the DipTrans, plus mock exams and CIOL exam centre. Costs around €350.

London Metropolitan University

  • Distance learning

Holloway Road, London, N7 8DB, www.londonmet.ac.uk

Course based on three five-week sessions, each focusing on one paper in the DipTrans exam. I couldn't find details of the costs on their website.

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Diploma in Translation course:  IRELAND

Words Language Services (WLS)

• Distance learning

12 Lower Hatch Street, Dublin 2, www.wls.ie

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.


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Diploma in Translation Course:  GERMANY

Akademie für Fremdsprachen GmbH

• Part time/ evening classes

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

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 as weekly evening classes over 6 months, and cost €585.

The Akademie is also an official examination centre for the DipTrans. The CIOL awarded the Akademie with the Schlapps Oliver Shield in 2010 and 2016 for the best Diploma in Translation Centre.

Dom Schule Fremdsprachen

• Full time/part time

Hohenstr. 148, D-50667 Cologne, www.domschule.de

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

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

Berufliche Schule für Medien und Kommunikation

  • Evening courses, on campus

Eulenkamp 46, Hamburg 22049, www.bmk-hh.de

The website is not terribly informative, but the BMK 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.

It is also an official examination centre for the DipTrans.


For details of other course providers outside the UK, Ireland, and Germany see the CIOL website.

Translators in other parts of the world may prefer qualifications recognised and/or administered by their local translation association.


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