Postgraduates or Masters in the States - Which is the Best option??
Thread poster: Elena Cavero

Elena Cavero  Identity Verified
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Feb 3, 2008

Dear Colleagues,

I'm a Spanish interpreter based in Barcelona. I'm seriously thinking about undertaking a Postgraduate or Masters in the States. I've been researching but I'm completely lost... Please, could you tell me which is, in your opinion, the best option?

My preferences are:

- Duration: 1 or 1 1/2 academic year
- Interpreting-focused rather than translation-focused
- I'll like it to be specialized (either Court Interpretation or Medical) although not essential.

I read here that University of Arizona is great for Court Interpreting, however its certification lasts only 3 weeks or so...

Thanks in advance

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Heidi C  Identity Verified
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California Feb 4, 2008

I have heard that the Monterrey Institute of International Studies, in California, has a very good program.
A Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation. I have a friend who did her Master's there in Legal Interpretation. I have also taken a course with one of the professors, Holly Mikkelson, who is excellent.

Here is the link:

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Elena Cavero  Identity Verified
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Thanks Feb 7, 2008

Thanks Heidi.

I visited the wen and it seems a good option.

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Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
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MIIS is excellent, but Feb 8, 2008

the program lasts 2 full years, and it's very expensive. Not to mention that arranging visas can be pretty difficult these days.

However, I am a graduate (1997, MA Translation) and I can definitely recommend the school. Apart from anything else, if you want to study conference interpreting, I believe it's the only master's program in CI you can do in the United States and the only educational institution with an auditorium fully set-up with simultaneous interpreting equipment and booths - at least that was the case when I went there.

Think long and hard about what you want out of this program. I knew going in that it would be expensive, but valued the reputation that the school had. I went in aiming to squeeze every last drop out of the experience, and I think I did. I never regretted paying back those loans, because the experience, knowledge, networking opportunities (the profs and alumni have amazing connections), etc. I gained were invaluable. Many of the interpreting students end up working for major government agencies/NGOs, so if that's your goal, it would definitely be the place to be.

Feel free to PM me if you want to know more.

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Sasan Zangeneh Bar  Identity Verified
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Kent State University Feb 11, 2008


Kent State University in Ohio ( also offers good postgraduate courses.


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