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

World-renowned Training for Translation and Interpretation Professionals

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 need to be translated or interpreted. Our master’s degree programs in translation and interpretation are recognized worldwide for providing exceptional professional training. 

A Master of Arts in Translation (T) prepares students to be expert translators of the written word across a wide domain of professional areas. A Master of Arts in Translation and Interpretation (TI) prepares students for careers including both written translation and oral interpretation. And a Master of Arts in Conference Interpretation (CI) prepares students for careers focused on oral interpretation. All have a strong foundation in cross-cultural understanding and communication and exposure to the latest technologies shaping the language services industry.

Find out if T, TI, or CI is right for you

Career-Oriented Course Work

Our curriculum develops key skills both in and out of the students’ A (native) and B (near-native) languages. Students work with real-world texts, high-profile events, and live simulations in a variety of fields, and learn to use the latest translation and interpretation technology, software, and tools. Professional practica and career-oriented course work prepare you for lifelong skill-building and professional growth.

For those interested in pursuing more technological- or project management-oriented careers, a specialization in Localization Management is available. Spanish interpretation students have the option to take specialized coursework in Spanish community interpreting as electives.

Our translation and interpretation programs only offer a fall semester start.

See the curriculum for more details.

Faculty: Professors and Practitioners

Our faculty combine academic expertise with years of professional experience as translators and interpreters performing high profile work at intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations, at the World Economic Forum, at the Olympics, for the White House, in the U.S. State Department, in the German Parliament, in literature and research, in nonprofit organizations, and in private businesses.

Together with career advisors, our faculty mentor students to ensure that they receive the academic and professional experience that will help them realize their career goals. Meet our faculty.

Choosing a Degree

Although you must select a specific degree when you apply, you will be exposed to many aspects of both translation and interpretation during your first year. After these two semesters, you, your faculty, and your academic advisor will know more about your strengths and interests, and you can finalize your degree choice and focus your studies. They are all two-year, 60-credit programs.

MA in Translation

Anything that is written is a potential translation assignment. The MA in Translation prepares you to translate treaties, laws, and press releases; user manuals, bidding specifications, and engineering plans; novels, poems, plays and subtitles for film and video; handwritten letters, medical textbooks, and historical documents; and much more. The software and localization industry also relies heavily on translators to adapt programs and user manuals to other linguistic and cultural environments. All students in the MA in Translation also receive a solid foundation in translation technology (e.g. computer-assisted translation or CAT tools) and terminology management and, with the proper prerequisites, can take additional Localization Management electives such as website localization, multilingual desktop publishing, and games localization. 

MA in Translation and Interpretation

Although translation and interpretation have much in common, the practice of each profession requires different skill sets. A translator renders the written word from one language to another. An interpreter renders the spoken word from one language to another. Some employers expect you to be able to perform both tasks and many students find that they greatly enjoy the balance of both. The Middlebury Institute is one of few graduate programs in the world that offers a combined degree that prepares you for expert professional work both in translation and interpretation. The degree also includes a grounding in translation technology (e.g. computer-assisted translation or CAT) and allows for additional localization-management electives.

MA in Conference Interpretation

A conference interpreter enables participants in multinational meetings, such as international conferences, the Olympics, diplomatic events, global business collaborations, and international litigation, to communicate with one another in a seamless fashion, making the language barrier almost imperceptible. Our MA in Conference Interpretation prepares you to interpret in two modes: consecutive and simultaneous. The degree also prepares you to sight translate documents aloud in a different language as needed during meetings or as an aid to simultaneous interpretation in a booth. Students in our Conference Interpretation degree in French or Spanish are required to have a C language

Customize Your Degree: Content Areas

At the Middlebury Institute, you can combine your degree with electives in environmental policy, trade, nonproliferation, counterterrorism, threat financing, education management, international development, social change, and other key content areas. Once you are on campus, you will be able to explore these exciting possibilities with your academic advisor.

Language Pairs

Students entering any of the programs choose to focus on one (or two) of the following languages, all paired with English. Each program has skill-based and language-specific courses, experienced faculty, and extensive access to internship and employment opportunities.

Advanced Entry: Two-Semester Program


Each year, a group of highly qualified Chinese translation and interpretation candidates are selected for the Advanced Entry program, which allows them to complete the program in two semesters. These students have typically earned a master’s degree from a recognized translation and interpretation program or have at least two years of relevant full-time professional experience.

Advanced Entry students test out of the first year of courses by passing a rigorous exam offered at a variety of test locations in China or on campus at the Institute. Find out more about our Advanced Entry in Chinese.

Other Languages

For all other languages, you may be eligible to complete the degree in only two semesters if you already have a master’s degree from a recognized translation and interpretation program or at least two years of full-time professional experience, and if you test out of your first year of course work by taking the first-year final exams.

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Our graduates work globally as freelance consultants or in-house language professionals for private businesses, governments, and nongovernmental organizations.

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