Our Commitment

The University of Illinois is committed to world-class translation education and to the art and craft of translation.

The Translation Studies program provides a combination of rigorous academic study and substantive real-life experience.

Educating the Next Generation of Translators

The Center for Translation Studies is a collaboration among the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, the Creative Writing Program, and Dalkey Archive Press to educate translators and to prepare them for the exciting opportunities available to them in today’s global economy.

Translators see a growing demand for their services in:

  • International corporations
  • Governmental and non-governmental agencies
  • International organizations
  • Web-based companies seeking to provide multilingual resources
  • Publishers translating world literature
  • Firms creating translation tools

The Center for Translation Studies offers world-class translation education and real-world opportunities to practice the art and craft of translation.

From Baoulé to Zulu

The School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics offers BAs, MAs and PhDs through a broad range of programs that articulate with the Center for Translation Studies.

Students benefit from:

  • Faculty with expertise in more than 30 languages and a wealth of translation experience;
  • Language-specific workshops and courses on translation theory and practice; and
  • Opportunities in all major areas of linguistic research, including computational linguistics

Real Life experiences

Internships will be available through corporations, hospitals, law firms and legal aid agencies, nonprofit organizations, translation service providers, and community agencies. Study abroad opportunities are available in the European Union, Latin America, and Asia.

Inclusion of the country’s leading publisher of translated literature in Dalkey Archive Press makes the Center a unique synergy of study and experience. Dalkey is an award-winning publisher with an educational mission, where students:

  • Learn how publishing works;
  • Create, edit and publish translations while they are still enrolled; and
  • Prepare book-length translations for publication on the cutting edge of world literary production

Exceptional Resources

The University’s internationally renowned library is building a comprehensive translation studies collection to support the program.

The center has a state-of-the art translation lab to educate students in terminology research and management of the latest in computer-assisted translation tools for localization, translation memory, terminology management, multilingual document management, and cross-language information exchange and retrieval.