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Apply to MA in Translation and Interpreting

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The University of Illinois has a web-based application. On the Graduate College's
application website
, you will find information, application instructions, and the link to the application itself.

Please select EITHER the application for the ONLINE program or the one for CAMPUS-BASED Program. Send audio materials as email attachments to slclgradservices@illinois.edu.

In your online application packet, you will be asked to submit:

  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Resume or CV.
  • Transcripts (with English translations, if applicable) showing all undergraduate and graduate courses taken and grades received. Transcripts received from foreign institutions should be accompanied by a Certificate of Degree or Diploma.
  • A Statement of Purpose. This short (about 500 words) personal essay is a crucial component of your application. In it, you should explain why you are interested in translation and interpreting studies, how completion of our program will help you to reach your individual professional and academic goals, and why you are applying to our program in particular. It would be helpful if your statement also specifies:
    • which language you intend to work from
    • which of the three specializations offered most interests you at this time.
  • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the score report of their TOEFL-IBT or IELTS as evidence of their English proficiency. Please consult the information here for details about minimum scores required for admission, and exemptions to the TOEFL-IBT requirement.

Once we have received your online application, we will contact you to arrange for you to complete a short test of language and translation proficiency.

After you have completed the translation test, you should record a brief audio file of about 2-3 minutes in which you explain, in your second language, the specific translation challenges you identified in the passage you translated, and what resources you used to solve these challenges.  Please send the audio file (mp3or wma file--50 mb or smaller) as an email attachment to slclgradservices@illinois.edu).