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The Japanese translation and interpretation program equips students with the latest skill sets for exciting and rewarding careers.


We have a well-connected and influential alumni network that is eager to help you launch your career. Our recent graduates are sought after around the world, and close to 100 percent are employed soon after graduation. They work at prominent international companies and organizations including, Honda, Google, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, the IMF, Bloomberg, the U.S. Department of State, and SMBC Nikko Securities; and at academic institutions such as Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Rikkyo University. Many thrive as freelance translators and interpreters.

Middlebury Institute Japanese graduate Maiko McKelvey

Maiko McKelvey

Current Employment: Freelance interpreter and translator (Tokyo, Japan)

First Job after Graduation: In-house interpreter, Honda (Tokyo, Japan)

Internship: On-site interpreter, Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center (California)

Degree: Conference Interpretation

Languages of Study: Japanese, English

Institute Advantage: The Middlebury Institute network, individual career advice, and the career fair are helpful. Now that I am a freelancer, I have expanded my client base using referrals from my professors at the Middlebury Institute and my former classmates.

Middlebury Institute Japanese graduate Katrin Larsen

Katrin Larsen

Current Employment: Interpreter and translator, DeNA Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan)

Internship: Translation fellow, World Intellectual Property Organization (Geneva, Switzerland)

Degree: Translation and Interpretation

Languages of Study: Japanese, English

Institute Advantage: The Practicum in Interpreting course was incredible—it gave me the opportunity to interpret on a wide variety of topics, to get hours of actual interpreting practice, and to connect with other interpreters.

High Demand for Japanese Language Experts

The demand for professionals with Japanese language skills is significant. Top companies are desperately seeking professionals trained in Japanese translation, interpretation, and localization management. Career advisor Winnie Heh and Professor Tanya Williams discuss this growing career field that can lead to high-earning and fulfilling career opportunities for individuals with the right language skills and training. Watch the recording of this online discussion.


During the summer breaks, students take advantage of available internships at high-profile companies such as Honda, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and Daikin.

Course Work

Thanks to our small class sizes, you will receive individual attention, immediate feedback, and intensive mentoring from your professors, greatly accelerating your development. This also means you will have more hours of practice in our interpretation booths, giving you a competitive edge once you graduate.

Our classroom environment includes an optimal balance of native English and Japanese speakers, which fosters peer linguistic feedback and a more dynamic academic atmosphere. Courses cover a variety of topics, including economics, politics, technology, patents, health and medicine, and business.

We also often host guest speakers and career-oriented workshops.

International Students

Our international students greatly benefit from the immersive English environment at the Middlebury Institute. Upon graduation, international students may be able to take advantage of Optional Practical Training (OPT) to work in the U.S. for a year.


Our faculty are active professionals who bring a broad range of experience and expertise to their teaching. They foster strong mentoring relationships with students, providing guidance on academic performance and career opportunities.

Hideko Russell

Associate Professor; Program Head, Japanese Translation and Interpretation

McCone Building M122

Maki McEldowney

T&I Adjunct

McCone Building M118

Chiyo Mori

Visiting Assistant Professor

McCone Building M237

Tanya Pound Williams

Assistant Professor

McCone Building M108

Connect with Us

If you would like to meet more of our alumni and learn about day-to-day life as a student in the Japanese translation and interpretation program, or the Japanese translation and localization management program, please visit our Facebook page and check out our blog.