Conference Interpreting

This programme trains students in the professional skills of conference interpreting, enabling them to avail of the employment opportunities for qualified interpreting professionals. It is the only course of its kind in Ireland—a programme developed in close cooperation with the institutions of the EU. Training is provided by practicing professionals in both modes of conference interpreting—consecutive and simultaneous interpreting—using recommended techniques: concentration exercises, interpretation from memory, sight interpreting, note-taking techniques, and simultaneous with script. The programme also provides monitored use of the institutional speech repository and an introduction to various emerging RSI platforms. Students study the theory and practice of interpreting, and also examine professional ethics and conference preparation/procedures, along with working practices and conditions. Students will study the institutions of the EU, and the university organises a study visit to the European Parliament and European Commission. Irish, English, French, Spanish, Italian and German are offered on the programme to date. Other languages may be considered based on student numbers.