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Certificate in Translation Studies

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The Certificate in Translation Studies is designed for students who are currently enrolled in another program at UIUC. It offers broad exposure to the interdisciplinary study and practice of translation and/or interpreting. Two Certificate programs are offered: Undergraduate and Graduate, both on-campus.

Our core faculty has expertise in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Ukrainian. However, thanks to the collaboration of our colleagues from other departments in the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics (SLCL), CTS can often provide language support for students working in many other languages. Please contact us to inquire about the availability of instructional support for your language.

Admission Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a language other than English.

Application Process

  1. Request an advising appointment by sending an email to Include your availability, to assist us in scheduling a suitable time.
  2. Bring an unofficial copy of your transcript to the advising appointment.

Course requirements

The Undergraduate Certificate requires 18 hours of coursework (credits), and the Graduate Certificate requires 20 hours of graduate coursework (credits), distributed as follows:

Mandatory courses

  • TRST 407 (Terminology and CAT) - credits: three undergraduate or four graduate coursework hours
  • TRST 410 (Translation Theory and Practice) - credits: three undergraduate or four graduate coursework hours
  • TRST 440 (Translation Studies Capstone) - credits: three undergraduate or four graduate coursework hours

Plus electives

The Undergraduate Certificate requires three elective courses (nine credits total), and the Graduate Certificate requires two graduate elective courses (eight credits total), related to translation studies. Any TRST course will fulfill this requirement. Other (non-TRST) courses must be approved by the CTS Director.

For the undergraduates, of the three elective courses, two may be courses that can also count toward the student’s major. For the graduate students, one elective course can also count towards the student's graduate major.