FA|EN and EN|FA Masters Degree?
Thread poster: akatuska

United States
Local time: 18:43
Farsi (Persian) to English
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Jan 31, 2011

Does anyone know what the best universities are (inside or outside of Iran) for getting an M.A. in Farsi to English and English to Farsi translation services? I know that the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London has a program, and I'm sure there are a bunch in Iran, I just don't know which ones are any good. Thank you.


Joycelyn Gerhardt
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:43
Persian (Farsi) to English
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SOAS experience Feb 15, 2011

I'm a current student in the SOAS MA program. I can't compare it to any other programs, as this is the only one I've done, but I can give you a little bit of info on it:

All of the classes, except Practical Translation class, are together with translation students from other language pairs. The Persian section is extremely small. Up until about a month ago, I was the only student doing Persian, and now there are two of us. This has pros and cons, the largest pro being I have been able to work with the professor to customize the syllabus to work on translation projects I was really interested in. (Dr Nima is engaging, knowledgeable and has many connections; he is great to work with) Cons include the fact that your other classes have nothing to do with Persian, and you have less of a support structure from the other students. Since your other classes are not language-specific, they are generally more abstract than practical.

You take four units, one of which is Practical Translation class and one of which is your dissertation. The other two units you have a choice between a number of courses, but the number is not very large. Most are in the linguistics department and not specifically geared to translation.

Feel free to message me if you have any questions. I don't think there are many translation MAs specifically geared to Persian, so SOAS may be your best bet if that is what you have your heart set on - otherwise consider either a general translation degree, or a Persian studies degree.


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