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

Realities of the modern world, geopolitics, and the changing cultural landscape define the mission of our program: train the best and the brightest for the global market.

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 by high-profile companies and organizations including NASA, the U.S. State Department, the International Olympic Committee, the United Nations, Apple, eBay, and Uber. Many thrive as freelance translators and interpreters.

We have also successfully prepared current students for the United Nations language competitive examinations.

Internships

During summer and winter breaks, students are invited for internship opportunities by our longtime partners as well as emerging organizations that are of interest to our current students. These include Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, the World Intellectual Property Organization, Facebook, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Janus Worldwide, and others.

We also have cooperation agreements with translation and interpretation programs at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and Moscow State Linguistic University (MSLU), and every fall, our second-year students have an option to spend up to four weeks doing intensive internships at our partner universities in Moscow.

Second-year students who are taking the interpretation practicum have a chance to interpret presentations delivered by leading Russian and American experts who visit campus as part of the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies.

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.

The program puts a strong emphasis on current market needs, and courses cover topics such as the oil and gas industry, space exploration, nuclear energy, information technology, and business and finance.

Additional languages

Our students come from diverse backgrounds and bring valuable knowledge and experience to the classroom. Some are fluent in other languages, such as Kazakh, Hindi, and Ukrainian. Our multilingual students acquire professional translation and interpretation techniques working between English and Russian and successfully apply the same strategies to their other language combinations.

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.

Faculty

Our faculty are a dynamic and flexible team of native English and Russian speakers who, as active professionals, 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.

Dmitry Buzadzhi

Visiting Professor

Email: dbuzadzhi@miis.edu
Tel: (831) 647-4116
Office: McCone Building M228

Michael Gillen

Professor

Email: mgillen@miis.edu
Tel: (831) 647-4192
Office: McCone Building 102B

Rosa Kavenoki

Professor; Program Coordinator, Russian Translation and Interpretation

Email: rkavenok@miis.edu
Tel: (831) 647-3515
Office: IIRC Building 6

Connect with Us

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