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As global communications across multiple platforms continue to broaden, the demand for professional translators and interpreters has increased worldwide.

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At the Middlebury Institute, we offer an MA in translation and and MA in translation and interpretation, and an MA in conference interpretation. There is no where else where you can really get the professional training and the sound academic environment that we provide here at the institute, and for me that was the real draw. I really loved the blend of the academics and the professional and the type of professionals that it prepares for the world out there.

I chose this program because I want to be an interpreter and this is one of the best schools in the world. Here at the institute I learned how to interpret both consecutively and simultaneously in both directions into English and into Spanish.

In all of our classes, we're asking students to engaged in activities that they'll be engaged in as translators, interpreters and localization specialists. Whether they're interpreting for international visitors or international conferences, localizing materials for various agencies, or translating documents for people.

Everything that they do is tied into their education and then of course provides them with those great experiences to put on their resume that they've done while they're here with us.

My favorite class in the program is the practicum, interpretation practicum class, because that's when we actually get to do real life assignments. We're in the actual booth wearing headsets, speaking into the microphone, and sometimes people are actually relying on our interpretation to listen to the event.

I don't think there are many places in the world where you can go and really find so many people, and pretty much everyone on campus has lived, worked and traveled overseas. And the multitude of languages spoken here is really impressive as well. And I think that makes for a very vibrant campus community. Everyone really has done fascinating things.

Knowing a language is also knowing about the culture. So it's really helpful when you can actually interact with people coming from another country and to get to know them.

From the day students set foot on this campus, the faculty really treats them as colleagues. The programs are relatively short, and in two years, in fact if not sooner, our students and our colleagues are working together out there in the community. So I think that provides for really unique mentoring relationships.

The faculty here at the institute is very helpful and very accessible. They are working in the field, so they are translators and interpreters. So whenever we have a question related to the profession, they have the answer, and they are willing to help us become one of them, one of their colleagues.

This experience has been really life-changing to me because I was doing something else with my life before and now coming here I'm more sure than ever that I really want to do this for the rest of my life.

If you are looking to be a translator and interpreter, and be ready to start working once you graduate, this is the place where you wanna be.

Anything written or spoken has the potential for translation or interpretation. Our master's degree programs in translation and interpretation are recognized worldwide for providing exceptional professional training.

A Master of Arts in Translation prepares students to be expert translators across a wide domain of professional areas. A Master of Arts in Translation and Interpretation prepares students for careers including both translation and interpretation, and a Master of Arts in Conference Interpretation prepares students for careers focused on interpretation. All have a strong foundation in cross-cultural understanding and communication.

Course work develops key skills both in and out of the students' A and B languages. Students work with real-world texts and live simulations in a variety of fields, and learn to use the latest translation technology and software. A professional practicum and career-oriented course work prepare you for lifelong skill-building and professional growth.

Dean Laura Burian on Ethics and Challenges of Diplomatic Interpreting

The recent summit between President Trump and Russian President Putin has put the official diplomatic interpreter in an unusual spotlight. We asked Laura Burian, experienced diplomatic interpreter and longtime member of our translation and interpretation faculty to explain the role of the interpreter in situations like this.

Translation vs. Interpretation?

A good question, since we've been hearing a lot of news reports that seem to confuse them. Translation is when you take something from one language to another in the written word and interpretation is spoken.

What can the interpreter tell us?

You are bound by a canon of ethics for interpreters in general and then more specifically when you're a diplomatic interpreter there's a lot of laws, in fact, that will prevent you from speaking out about whatever transpired in the room. It's typically if you are, for instance, for the US Department of State, if you're a diplomatic interpreter, that means that you have a Top Secret security clearance, and you treat every interaction that you interpret for as Top Secret.

Any exceptions?

If something has been made public record, I suppose you could confirm, yes, that is what the public record says, but it's not your story to tell.

What about contradicting public record?

I've never seen it happen. I know the reason we're talking about this is because of recent calls for the interpreter for Trump and the meeting with Putin to come out to Congress and speak. I don't know if she can be compelled to do so. It will take some legal investigation to figure out even if that's possible. And I think that's why there's a bit of a delay and they're trying to figure out even if they can ask for that.

How accurate are interpreter notes?

Interpreters take notes that are very much a shorthand that is to be used in the moment. Often the utterances are well under a minute in these kinds of back and forth discussions, and so you may or may not take any notes at all in the moment. If you do take notes at all for a longer utterance, you write down just what you need to remember it briefly. And so you can't necessarily go back to your notes or even to your memory and recall, with great accuracy, everything that was said in the past. It's in the moment that your notes are highly accurate.

Have you ever been asked?

Yes. And the instructions that I've followed, you know, if you're working for the Ambassador and you are in the room and the Ambassador's assistant is not in the room. And then you come out of the room and the Ambassador's assistant says, can you tell me what happened? The answer is always no. There may be a reason why that person was not in the room. You don't know all of the ins and outs of it. It's not your judgement call to make, so it's just always, I can't remember, if they really press you.

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