The B.A. "Translation: Arabic, English, German” program was established in September 2007. The program is unique in the region and even worldwide with its equal focus on three languages at the same competence level. Students usually, but not exclusively, start the program with Arabic as their native language and a good command of English.
In the first two years of their studies the students focus on consolidating their first and second language skills and acquiring German as their third language. In addition they are introduced to the basic principles of translation as well as crucial aspects of linguistics and culture studies. In the third year the students delve deeper into the world of translation while translating texts from a wide range of fields between all three languages and exploring specific challenges in translating between cultures. Like GJU students of other majors students of the Translation program spend the fourth year of their studies in Germany, studying for one semester at one of the renowned partner universities and doing an internship at a company of their choice during the second semester. The students generally experience this German year as truly life changing. It provides them with deeper insights into the German culture and the practical dimension of doing an internship abroad and, within the context of one of the most flourishing economies of the world, the internship profoundly increases their later career prospects.
Start: The first semester starts in the beginning of October but prospective Translation students have to attend an Intensive German Pre-Course that usually starts in the beginning of September.
Program graduates will be able to
Employment and Career Prospects
As a result of the professional upscale training and experience in the field of translation acquired in the program, skilled students are in high demand in the labour market. Since translations are needed in all fields of human communication, graduates of the Translation program work in a wide variety of fields, for example
For many graduates the extensive language skills they have acquired in the course of their studies opens up a good number of opportunities for continuing their studies in a more or less related field abroad.
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