Mandarin Chinese/English Interpretation and Translation Programs

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Be the bridge that connects cultures

Skilled interpreters and translators, who facilitate essential understanding and cross-cultural communication, are in demand in today’s global marketplace. They work in a large number of contexts, including international development, education, business, health care, media, government, legal services and much more.

Welcome to the internationally recognized Chinese/English interpretation and translation training programs at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Our intensive courses give bilingual individuals the practical skills they need to become professional Chinese/English translators and/or interpreters.

We offer two professional training programs, both of which are recognized by the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia (STIBC).

Interpretation and Translation Diploma

SFU's eight-month, full-time Chinese/English translation and interpretation program is ideal for fluent bilinguals who want to become certified translators. You'll practise your skills every week in authentic North American settings.

Legal Interpretation and Translation Certificate

Our 10-monthpart-time Chinese/English certificate program provides a comprehensive overview of the multi-faceted field of legal interpretation and translation. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to excel as a legal interpreter and translator and meet local industry needs.

Medical Translation and  Interpretation Program

Our three-month, part-time Chinese/English Medical Translation and Interpretation Program is designed for trained or experienced interpreters and translators interested in practising in a medical or health care environment. It will provide you with the specialized training you need to work as a qualified translator and interpreter in a medical or health care setting.

Simultaneous Interpretation Program

Our two-month, part-time Chinese/English Simultaneous Interpretation Program is specifically designed for practising interpreters. It will equip you with the practical knowledge and skills you need to meet the growing demand for simultaneous interpretation services at international conferences, events and other professional settings.

Translation Workshop

We also offer a 12-week, part-time translation workshop designed for Chinese/English bilinguals who want to pursue careers as freelance translators. This course will also benefit professionals who are responsible for Chinese/English communication in their workplace.

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Learn more about interpreting field trips

We believe in learning by doing. During regular interpreting field training, you'll learn specialized, industry-specific vocabulary by translating in a wide range of settings near Vancouver, Canada.

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