China's strong presence in the global marketplace and the importance of Chinese as a worldwide language has resulted in a substantial demand for well-qualified translators and interpreters. Chinese is the most widely spoken non-official language in Canada resulting in an increased demand for trained translators and interpreters.
The UBC Certificate in Translation and Interpretation for Business (Chinese/English) teaches you fundamental translation skills, enhances your cross-cultural understanding and prepares you to work successfully in international and intercultural environments.
- Delivered part time both in class and online
- Requires completion of five courses plus a practicum
- Costs CAD$5,600
- Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
- After this program you can expect to be a qualified professional translator and interpreter
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The Certificate in Translation and Interpretation for Business (Chinese/English) is a part-time program that helps prepare you to become a qualified professional translator and interpreter. You will increase your bilingual fluency and improve your ability to communicate across cultures.
If you successfully complete the certificate program you can apply for Associate Membership with the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia (STIBC).
Who Its For
The UBC Certificate in Translation and Interpretation for Business (Chinese-English, English-Chinese) is designed for students who are already fluent in both Mandarin and English who wish to
apply these skills to pursue a career in translating and interpreting. It will also benefit those who wish to use these skills in their current professions:
- Professionals with business and partnerships in China
- Government employees such as immigration officers
- Health and social care professionals
- Social service professionals working with a Chinese community
The program format combines practical strategies and theoretical knowledge gained through in-class courses as well as online courses in order to promote shared learning in an environment that is dynamic and experiential. This Certificate program is delivered through a combination of settings such as face-to-face class work, online learning and practicum.
UBC Extended Learning strongly suggests that students have the following technology and expertise in order to keep up with the program and complete projects and assignments online:
- Familiarity with basic Internet applications (email and web browser)
- A recent version of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari or other web browser
Your computer operating systems must meet the following minimum specifications:
- PC: Windows XP SP2 Home/Pro
- Mac: Mac OS X 10.4.
The translation and interpretation courses are designed to be taken in sequence, while Intercultural Communication may be taken at any time during the program. The practicum is the final component of the certificate program after completion of all coursework.
You should be able to complete all requirements of the certificate program within two years. The curriculum is subject to change.
|Required Courses||Format(s)||Next Offering||More|
|Chinese Translation and Interpretation for Business - Part 1 (WT101)||In-class||
Sep 28-Nov 30, 2019
|Chinese Translation for Business Part 2 (WT102)||Online||
Jan 20-Mar 30, 2020
|Chinese Translation and Interpretation for Business - Part 3 (WT103)||In-class||
Apr 18-Jun 13, 2020
|Strategies for Effective Intercultural Communication (MC501)||Online||
Jan 16-Feb 28, 2020
|UBC Certificate in Translation and Interpretation for Business (Chinese/English): Final Practicum (WT105)||
Jan 1-Mar 31, 2020
|Plus choose one of the following:||Format(s)||Next Offering||More|
|Business Writing Essentials (WG201)||In-class||Sep 13 – Nov 1, 2019||More|
|Writing Well for Business (WG202)||Online||Sep 24 – Nov 5, 2019||More|
Certificate program instructors are university-educated with experience teaching languages, as well as translating and interpreting in professional settings. They are able to offer insight into the realities of working as a professional in this field.
You can register and pay for courses on a course-by-course basis. Based on the current fee structure, total fees are approximately CAD$4,900 including a non-refundable CAD$500 application fee. Course fees include all course materials. Students in the Part 1 course receive a bilingual book written by a local author as supplementary reading material.
All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Fees may be paid by Visa®, MasterCard®, cash, money order or certified cheque.
Cancellation and Withdrawal Policies
If you would like to withdraw from a course, please submit written notice at least three business days before the course begins to be eligible for a refund (less a CAD$50 administration fee). An email is considered adequate written notification. No refund will be made for cancellations received later than three business days before the course begins.
UBC Extended Learning is sometimes forced to cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment or other reasons. If this occurs, you will be contacted by email or by phone and a full refund provided.
Applications to this program are accepted on an ongoing basis. Prospective students are required to complete pre-program language testing and an admission interview with the certificate program coordinator.
Before applying to this program please read and understand the terms and conditions in the Program Handbook.
The admissions process helps to ensure that the needs, intentions and expectations of participants are adequately matched to the program's objectives and capabilities.
Applicants are accepted provided they have completed two years of post-secondary education and pass the preliminary interview with the certificate program coordinator.
To discuss eligibility, prior experience and program relevance, please contact us.
Please read and thoroughly understand the Program Handbook before applying to the program. Participants must apply and be accepted into the program before registering for courses.
Complete the following steps to submit your application:
- Complete the online application form. You should include personal and/or career goals, interests and program expectations.
- Once you have been accepted into the certificate program, return to this page to pay the CAD$500 non-refundable application fee.
If you have any questions, please contact us.