Thinking about a career in German translation?
Want to learn German language or German translation at university, or to study the science of translation itself?
If you’ve spent any time on my website you’ll realize that translation is a great profession, one that anyone with the necessary language skills and determination should consider.
This page of the German translation course directory lists universities and institutions in the USA - Illnois to Minnesota - offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in German, German studies, German translation or translation studies.
University of Chicago
Division of the Humanities, Department of Germanic Studies, 1050 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
University of Illnois at Urbana Champagne
Center for Translation Studies
4080 Foreign Language Building, 707 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61801
University of Illinois has a Center for Translation Studies encouraging
you to turn your love of languages into a marketable career.
• Translation Studies – certificate
• Applied Literary Translation - certificate
Indiana University Bloomington
1020 East Kirkwood Avenue, BH 644, Bloomington, IN 47405-7103
listed by the American Translators Association as an institution
offering translation courses, this is limited to a certificate in literary translation. The College of Arts and Sciences, however, offers a BA, MA, and PhD in Germanic Studies:
• Germanic Studies – BA & MA & PhD
Indiana University – Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI)
420 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202, www.iupui.edu/
School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI offers
undergraduate qualifications where you can learn German language and
• German – BA
• German dual degree with Purdue School of Engineering - BA
• Translation studies – undergraduate certificate
Candidates must be fluent in their language pair upon entry to the program.
Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, IN 47803
Rose Hulmann Institute of Technology, an engineering, science and maths
college, and its Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, is
offering a technical translation certificate program for its
• Technical Translation in German – certificate of proficiency
University of Iowa
Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, E210 AJB
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, http://ccl.clas.uiowa.edu/node/113
The University’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has a Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature which has run a graduate program in literary translation for the past 40 years:
• Literary Translation - MFA
Iowa State University
Department of World Languages & Culture, 3102 Pearson Hall, Ames, IA 50011
Although listed by the American Translators Association as an institution offering translation courses, I find only a program where you can learn German language at their Department of World Languages & Culture, although this can be combined with a wide variety of other programs, including engineering and business:
• German - major
University of Massachusetts
19 Herter Hall, Amherst, MA 01003
UMass offers undergraduate degrees in German & Scandinavian studies, as well as an MA and PhD in German.
The university also runs the UMass Translation Center offering a graduate program in translation studies:
• Translation Studies – MA
They also offer certificate studies aimed at undergraduates:
• Medical Interpreting – certificate
• Interpreting Studies - certificate
University of Minnesota
College of Continuing Education, Program in Translation and Interpreting (PTI), 160 McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis
University of Minnesota’s program in translation and interpreting is
designed for highly proficient bilinguals wanting to develop the
knowledge and skills necessary for professional translation and
• Interpreting – certificate
• Courses in translation, interpreting, consecutive interpreting, legal and healthcare settings