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What will I learn?

The Department of Translation at the Chinese University of Hong Kong offers programmes of study at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Our programmes are designed to address the growing global demand for language professionals and translators proficient in English and Chinese, as well as providing research opportunities for Mphil and PhD students wishing to pursue translation studies.

The BA Programme in Translation teaches students the theory and practice of translation, providing comprehensive training in translation and interpretation, while preparing them for work as well as further studies.

Our courses can be categorised into three main groups according to the knowledge and skills outcomes. The first focuses on the technical aspects of translation, referring to general translation techniques, textual analysis and useful tools including dictionaries, glossaries and computer software. Courses in the second group offer specialised training across a wide range of genres and professions such as commercial texts, legal documents, writings for the mass media and literary works. Different modes of interpreting between Cantonese/Putonghua and English also fall within this group. The third category covers courses which explore issues in the discipline of “translation studies” using a theoretical approach and examine translation as a unique cultural phenomenon. The programme allows students to select from a wide range of topics according to their individual strengths and interests. The final year translation project, an essential component of the undergraduate programme, is the capstone course which requires translation students to integrate what they have learned.

Some of our graduates work as translators, while most work in different sectors and fields like the government, education, finance, publishing, marketing, management, public relations, etc. Graduates may also pursue further studies in MA, MPhil or PhD programmes at local or overseas universities, in Translation or other disciplines.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$145,000.00 (14,66,869) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shatin,

Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For applicants who have completed only the first year of IB Diploma studies with outstanding results, may be considered admission under special circumstances on individual merits case-by-case. Mature applicants should be aged 23 or above on 1 September in the year in which admission is sought, provided they are able to show either by publication or by other acceptable evidence that they have achieved sufficient competence in their chosen field of study to justify admission; or have shown exceptional ability in appropriate academic or professional fields. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.0; TOEFL (iBT): 80; SAT Reasoning Test (Old): Essay - 8; SAT (New) Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 590; ACT combined English/ Writing or English Language Arts (ELA): 23; GCSE/ IGCSE/ GCE-OL: C; GCE-AL/AS: E; IB: 4; HKDSE: Level 3; HKALE/ HKCEE: E/Level 2; Australian State or Territory High School Certificate Grade 12 English: 80%; Canadian Grade 12 English: 70%; Indian Central or State Board Exam Grade 12 English: 80%; Malaysian UEC-Senior English Language: B4; Singapore GCE A-Level H1 General Paper: C.

For international students

You are eligible to apply for admission if, by 1 September of the year in which admission is sought, you possess any of the following qualifications:

1. GCE-AL/International-AL/IB/Other high school qualifications

  • GCE-AL/International-AL: 3AL/ 2AL+2AS in one sitting (All grades must be obtained from examinations taken within a twelve-month period.)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • A recognised non-local qualification which qualifies them for admission to a university in the country/region where such qualification is originated (e.g. high school diploma plus SAT/ ACT and SAT Subject Tests/ AP Tests in USA, UEC/ STPM in Malaysia, ATAR in Australia, OSSD/ BC diploma in Canada, GSAT/AST in Taiwan, AISSCE (CBSE)/ ISC in India, SMA in Indonesia, etc.)

2. Post-secondary qualifications

  • Completed at least one year of undergraduate study at a recognised university
  • Completed at least one year of study leading to the qualification of associate degree/higher diploma or its equivalent

3. Mature Applicants

  • Mature persons aged 23 or above on 1 September in the year in which admission is sought, provided they are able to show either by publication or by other acceptable evidence that they have achieved sufficient competence in their chosen field of study to justify admission; or have shown exceptional ability in appropriate academic or professional fields.

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT): 80
  • Other English language requirements equivalent to HKDSE: Level 3 or HKALE/ HKCEE: E/Level 2.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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