Interpretation and Translation Diploma (Mandarin Chinese/English)

Put your bilingual skills to work as a professional interpreter or translator. Recognized by the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia, this eight-month program will prepare you to launch a career as an in-demand Mandarin Chinese/English translator or interpreter in any industry. Combining classes with hands-on field training, the full-time program will also ensure you’re ready for the national certification exam. 


Courses: 6 + field training
Completion time: 8 months
Location: Online

Why this program?

  • Complete the program in 8 months ready to work as a professional interpreter or translator
  • Put your skills into practice during remote field training in a wide range of settings
  • Be ready to take the Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council (CTTIC) exam for national certification as a translator or interpreter
  • Network with other professionals and make valuable business contacts
  • Graduate with a certificate that confers SFU alumni status


  • Canada forecasts 8,100 new job openings in interpretation and translation between 2019 and 2028
  • High demand for Mandarin/English interpreters and translators in B.C.
  • Interpreters and translators commonly employed in media, government agencies, immigrant services, international organizations, schools, conference centres and translation and interpretation agencies
  • Across Canada, wages for an interpreter or translator reach an average high of about $43/hour





Program completion

8 months
To graduate, complete each course with a minimum grade of B- and pass the field training component.

Program dates

Schedule under review

Course work

Class time: 20 hours/week
Homework: 2–3 hours/week
Field training: 7 hours/week


Mon–Fri daytime


Learning materials

Included in tuition


$14,850 (same for international and domestic students)
$75 program application fee

Application requirements

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • Proficiency in English and Mandarin Chinese
  • Passing result on our screening exams

See Application details for more info.

Note: Applications currently closed while schedule under review

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