The Summer Intensive Translation and Interpretation (SITI) Program is a full-time program designed to enhance your English and Chinese fluency and cross-cultural communication skills. Understand Canadian culture as you increase your confidence in translating and interpreting in an English environment.
The SITI Program is held on the beautiful University of British Columbia (UBC) campus where you stay for the duration of the program. UBC is a town within a city, with restaurants, shopping and recreation a short walk from your room. Vancouver is also within easy reach, and you have plenty of opportunities to explore the city with your classmates.
Choose from two immersive streams:
In the four-week Academic Program (SITI AP), increase bilingual fluency and build foundational translation and interpretation skills through classroom work, theory, practice, and cultural experiences. SITI AP is ideal for university students or recent graduates.
The three-week Experiential Program (SITI EP) offers valuable first-hand cultural experiences to practise translation and interpretation skills. Through presentations, seminars, and site visits to local organizations, build your vocabulary and fluency as you learn about Canadian culture and values. SITI EP is suitable for those with all levels of translation and interpretation experience.
Both streams require fluency in English and Chinese.
Not sure which one to take? Contact us.
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The SITI Academic Program helps prepare you to pursue a career as a professional translator and interpreter. Increase your bilingual fluency and understanding of Canadian culture, and improve your cross-cultural communication skills. Explore your potential and improve your independence and confidence in an English environment.
The SITI Experiential Program provides valuable first-hand cultural experiences to practise translation and interpretation skills. Take in visits to cultural attractions and local organizations as you explore and understand Canadian culture and values, and the BC business landscape. Develop your aptitude for cross-cultural communication on and off campus in one of the most beautiful and multicultural cities in the world. Build your vocabulary and increase your fluency through practice with your peers in real-life scenarios.
Who It's 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 SITI Experiential Program is suitable for all levels of translation and interpretation experience. Whether you are trying translation for the first time, or are a professional looking to improve your skills, the SITI Experiential Program provides a dynamic, engaging curriculum and offers an unforgettable experiential learning opportunity.
The SITI Academic 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.
The SITI Experiential Program includes visits to cultural attractions and local organizations, seminars and presentations on BC industries and business practices, and time for independent exploration and outings.
Life on Campus
Located 30 minutes from the heart of downtown Vancouver, UBC’s 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 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 single or 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 room or to share with a friend of the same gender, but requests will not be confirmed until check-in date.
2018 Four-Week SITI Academic Program
- Chinese/English, Option 1: July 6 – August 4
- Chinese/English, Option 2: July 13 – August 11
SITI Academic Program classes are divided into four weeks:
- Week 1: Translation and Interpretation: Introduction
- Week 2: Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
- Week 3: Translation and Interpretation: Advanced
- Week 4: Socio-cultural Exploration and Interpretation Practice
2018 Three-Week SITI Experiential Program
Chinese/English: July 13 – August 4
Our instructors are university-educated and have translation and interpretation teaching experience. They are or have been practising translators and interpreters, and are able to offer insights into the reality of working as a professional in this field. They care greatly about a student’s learning experience and are always willing to adapt their teaching style to meet student needs. They consistently receive excellent reviews from program graduates.
In the SITI Experiential Program, our speakers are dynamic and experts in their specific fields.
Below are profiles of some instructors and speakers.
- $5,200 for the four-week Academic Program. Earlybird rate: $5,100, if deposit received by March 15, 2018.
- $3,850 for the three-week Experiential Program. Earlybird rate: $3,750, if deposit received by March 15, 2018.
Program fees include:
- 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.
Not included in the program fee are:
- Travel insurance, visa application fees and any immigration documentation, if applicable
- Spending money
A $500 deposit is due after your application has been approved. The remaining balance is due by April 16, 2018. If you paid by credit card, final fees will be processed on or after April 16, 2018 to the credit card used to pay for the deposit. Due to registration volume, you may not see this transaction until the end of April 2018.
Full fees are due immediately for all registrations received on or after April 16, 2018.
For other methods of payment, please see our payment details.
Cancellation and Withdrawal Policies
Deposit and program fees are non-refundable unless your study permit/visa is denied. You must provide an original copy of the response from the Canadian Embassy, Consulate, or High Commission to UBC Extended Learning in order to support your claim. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a non-refundable $200 CAD administrative fee. Under special circumstances approved by UBC Extended Learning, we will allow a qualified substitute or postpone your admission to the next possible intake. UBC Extended Learning reserves the right to cancel the program due to insufficient enrolment or other reasons. If this occurs, we will issue a full refund.
You must be 19+ years old or a current university student and require a solid language background and fluency in both English (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) and Chinese.
English language requirements are recommended to ensure that you can participate and benefit fully from the curriculum. You are not required to provide proof of English language proficiency, and you are asked to assess your language level before applying to the program.
Apply early and enjoy these advantages:
- Earlybird discount
- No stress on visa application process
- Save by booking your flight sooner
- Connect with your fellow classmates as soon as you are registered (WeChat group)
Tips for applying:
- Include as much information as possible about yourself and your experience in your application.
- It is best to communicate through your university contact if you have one, but you are welcome to contact us directly if you want.
Please note that the submission of the online application form does not guarantee a seat in the program if it has filled to capacity before the five-step application process is completed. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early, as the program fills quickly.
Step 1: Review the program admission requirements and compile your required documents.
Step 2: Complete and submit the application form. Once your application has been processed, you will receive a Letter of Acceptance via email.
Step 3: Pay the $500 deposit. Once we have received your deposit payment, we will issue a Confirmation of Registration.
Step 4: Your confirmation of registration form can be used in support of an application for a visitor’s visa, if required.
Step 5: Submit the final payment before April 16, 2018. If you have authorized us to process the remaining balance on your credit card on file, payment will be processed by the due date. You will receive a final receipt for your payment.
After you have applied
- Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) We have created a FAQ page 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. We have strived to address most of your questions, but feel free to contact us if you still have more questions.
- Join the SITI WeChat group for 2018. Detailed Information will be provided with your Confirmation of Registration.
- Register for the optional activities (i.e. day trip to Whistler, Victoria). You will receive further information on how to register after you have confirmed your seat in the program.
- Complete the 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 Friday and ends on a Saturday, so normally you should arrive in Vancouver on Friday 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 will make this payment upon arrival).
Identify your room preference with your travel itinerary (twin or single room, or request that a friend stay with you). Please note that if you request a specific roommate, you two need to have the same arrival/departure dates.