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MA Program in Translation and Interpreting

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  2. Application
  3. Curriculum
  4. Tuition

Application: The University of Illinois has a web-based application. If you go to the Graduate College's application website, http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply, you will see links to information for applicants, application instructions, and the link to the application itself. Please complete the online application form for the FALL 2014 TERM. Please send audio material as an email attachment to slclgradservices@illinois.edu; graduate services will forward the material to the department.
Please select EITHER the application for the ONLINE program or the CAMPUS-BASED Program.
We do not offer the option of mixing the two programs or starting one and then switching to another.
Please select ONE of the three specializations offered.
Applicants should apply online and submit:

  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Resume or CV.
  • Transcripts (with English translations, if applicable) showing all undergraduate and graduate courses taken and grades received. Transcripts received from foreign institutions should be accompanied by a Certificate of Degree or Diploma.
  • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the score report of their TOEFL-IBT or IELTS as evidence of their English proficiency. Applicants should have ETS send TOEFL score reports to institution code #1836. IELTS score reports can be uploaded directly to the online application. Scores required for admission to this program are at least 103 total on the TOEFL with a speaking sub-section minimum score of 24 or scores greater than 6.5 total and 6 or higher in all sub-sections on the IELTS with a speaking sub-section minimum score of 8. (see www.grad.Illinois.edu/Admissions/instructions/04C).
  • A 5-7 minute oral statement of purpose (audio-file) in the student's second language. International students whose primary language is not English should submit two oral statements: one in English and one in the language for which they are applying (send an mp3 or wma file--50 mb or smaller--as an email attachment to slclgradservices@illinois.edu).
  • An online test of language and translation proficiency. The test will be administered by the University of Illinois through its Online and Continuing Education Secure Online Testing System. Details will be provided to applicants once their file is complete.

Admission Requirement(s): Applicants to be considered for admission to the Master's Program in Translation and Interpreting should have an undergraduate degree (B.A. or B.S.) in languages, linguistics, international studies, area studies, or a related field. Applicants must have command of one or preferably two languages in addition to English and must meet the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College.

Prerequisite(s): Students must have native or near-native proficiency in English and at least one other language supported by the program. Preference will be given to applicants with two other languages in addition to English. Language A (native language) should be at ILR5; Language B should be at or above ILR 3-4; language C should be at or above ILR 2-3. Definitions of ILR levels can be found here: www.govtilr.org


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