About the department
The Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies is the only one in Israel to offer an MA, PhD and professional certificate programs in translation and interpreting studies.
Starting from 2018, students will have the choice between:
- A program for a professional certificate in translation and interpreting (for holders of a Bachelor's degree)
- A full MA program in translation and interpreting studies
- A research oriented MA program in translation and interpreting studies
- A special MA program in translation and interpreting studies for teachers
- A PhD program in translation and interpreting studies.
The English translation and French translation tracks open each year, while the other language tracks – Arabic, Russian, German, and Spanish – open periodically. The other language in all tracks is Hebrew.
Applicants for the certificate and MA programs must have a recognized Bachelor's degree (in any discipline) with an average grade of 80 or above. They will also have to pass a personal interview and answer a questionnaire.
Teaching in the skill-oriented translation and interpreting courses centers on actual translations, both out of and into the mother tongue, with particular attention to richness of expression, effective use of resources, efficient retrieval of information and an ever-broader knowledge base in areas for which translations and interpreting are often needed. The theoretical background courses include seminars in such topics as literary translation, the translational process, intercultural communication, pragmatics, court interpreting, community interpreting, the translation of religious texts and media translation.
The Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies prides itself on its faculty, which consists of established translators and interpreters and world-renowned scholars in the discipline of Translation Studies. In addition, the department has won three awards for excellence in teaching.