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In todays global economy, translators and interpreters are valued for their ability to communicate words, ideas, and concepts across cultures. The Summer Intensive Translation and Interpretation (SITI) Academic Program prepares you to pursue a career in this exciting field. The program is designed to enhance your fluency and prepare you to work successfully in international and intercultural environments.
- Delivered in an intensive three- or four-week format
- Requires fluency in English and Chinese
- Focus is on classroom work, theory, practice, and cultural experiences
- Increases bilingual fluency and builds foundational translation and interpretation skills
- Enhances cultural understanding and cross-cultural communication skills in a Canadian context
- Improves your confidence in an English environment
- Choose to stay on the scenic UBC campus located in one of the most beautiful and multicultural cities in the world
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The Summer Intensive Translation and Interpretation (SITI) Academic Program helps prepare you to pursue a career as a professional translator and interpreter. By completing the program, you can expect to increase your bilingual fluency and understanding of Canadian culture, and improve your cross-cultural communication skills. Explore your potential and foster your independence and confidence in an English environment.
Who Its For
The SITI Academic program is designed for university students and recent graduates who are fluent in English and Chinese, and who wish to apply these skills to pursue a career in translation and interpretation. It will also benefit those who wish to use their bilingual skills to advance in their current career.
The program focuses on in-class work, theory, and practice with hands-on experience and site visits. Gain strategies and theoretical knowledge in a dynamic and interactive learning environment Take advantage of guided cultural tours and time for independent exploration to practise your skills and experience Canadian culture first hand.
Life on Campus
Located 30 minutes from the heart of downtown Vancouver, UBCs stunning Vancouver campus is surrounded by forests and the Pacific Ocean. This vibrant community is home to an outstanding selection of places to eat, shop, sightsee, and enjoy fitness activities.
You can choose to stay on the UBC campus during your program in a UBC campus residence (dormitory) within walking distance of classroom buildings, libraries, and athletic and recreation facilities. Staying on the UBC campus provides you the opportunity to attend campus events and social activities, and to make friends from around the world.
Enjoy furnished twin bedrooms with shared hallway washrooms and floor lounges that offer seating, TV, Wi-Fi, fridge, sink, and microwave. Floors are gender specific with approximately 28 guests per floor. You can request a single rooms or to share with a friend of the same gender, but requests will not be confirmed until check-in date.
2017 Four-Week SITI Academic Programs
- Chinese/English, Option 1: July 9-August 5 (Applications now closed)
- Chinese/English, Option 2: July 16-August 12 (Applications now closed)
The four-week SITI programs for Chinese translation and interpretation include:
- Week 1: Translation and Interpretation Part 1
- Week 2: Public Speaking and Presentation Skills or Introduction to Technical Writing
- Week 3: Translation and Interpretation Part 3
- Week 4: Socio-cultural Exploration and Interpretation Practice
- $4,900 for a four-week program
Program fee includes:
- Airport pick-up and drop-off within program dates
- On-campus accommodation
- Local medical insurance
- Some local cultural activities
All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Fees may be paid by Visa®, Mastercard®, cash, money order, certified cheque, or wire transfer.
What is not included in the program fee?
- Travel insurance, visa application fees and any immigration documentation, if applicable
- Spending money
We will send an email regarding the status of your application within five (5) business days of receiving your form. If you receive a letter of acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $1,500 CAD is due within five (5) business days.
When we receive your deposit, you will receive a confirmation of registration, which can be used to support visa application (if applicable).
The remaining balance ($3,400 CAD for a four-week program and $2,400 CAD for a three-week program) is due by April 30, 2017, or, if you prefer, you can make the full payment upon receipt of the letter of acceptance. We will provide payment instructions with the letter of acceptance.
Cancellation and Withdrawal Policies
Thank you to all applicants. We are no longer accepting new applications for our summer 2017 programs. Please contact us if you have any questions.
We have created a SITI Pre-departure Handbook to provide you with important information and advice on how you can prepare for the program. We strongly recommend that you read it carefully before leaving your home country.
Travel Itinerary Form
Please complete the online Travel Itinerary Form once you have confirmed your flights. This will help us to prepare for your arrival. The program starts on a Sunday and ends on a Saturday, so normally you should arrive in Vancouver on Sunday and depart on Saturday. If you would like to arrive earlier or depart later than the scheduled program dates, please indicate this on the travel itinerary form. Please also indicate whether you would like us to book accommodation for those extra nights for you. There is a charge of $40 CAD per night for each additional night of accommodation (you can either make the payment with your tuition balance or pay upon arrival).