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Introduction to Diplomatic Interpreting (short course)

Why study this course?

This course is designed for interpreters who are trained in conference interpreting but lack recent practice.

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In this course you will:

  • learn and practise the techniques used during consecutive, liaison and whispered interpreting in the diplomatic environment, such as political talks, consular situations, visa interviews and diplomatic receptions
  • discover the role of the diplomatic interpreter and the code of conduct for diplomatic interpreters
  • improve your own performance thanks to detailed feedback and guidance from lecturers/interpreters
  • identify key areas for personal development


There is no formal assessment, but a mock press-conference will be undertaken.

You will only be admitted following an interview with a lecturer.

Interpreting students who wish to understand and practise techniques when interpreting for talks, negotiations, interviews and other meetings, both formal and informal.

Three-hour sessions each day from 10am until 1pm from 18 to 22 June 2018.

During the week there will also be:

  •   eight hours of lectures and targeted progressive exercises on specific interpreting skills
  •   seven hours for practice and feedback with language-specific lecturers/interpreters
  •   mock press-conference, talks and interviews

The course is taught in English for the main lectures and is language-specific in the sessions with tutors.

A minimum of three students with the same language is needed to open a language pathway.

There are a maximum number of 15 spaces available. 

Further information please refer to the Interpreting and Translation brochure 2017


How to apply

Once you have been accepted on the course following your interview please enrol by:  

  • completing the Short Course Enrolment Form
  • sending the form, together with a passport size photograph to:
  • making your payment via our secure Eshop site, selecting "Product Catalogue" and then "Short Courses"


When to apply

There is no official closing date for this course, but you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only consider your application if there are places available on the course.

Fees and key information

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