Interpreting and Translation Studies at UNSW prepares postgraduate students to become professional interpreters and translators. The work of interpreters and translators makes a critical contribution to cross-linguistic and cross-cultural communication in today’s globalised society.

Our program is endorsed by NAATI (the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters). It develops the necessary skills and knowledge for interpreters and translators to make informed and ethical choices to engage in good practice in the domestic and international markets. Our teaching is informed by applied research, relevant theoretical principles and contemporary pedagogical approaches to interpreting and translation training. Our staff are both experienced practitioners and world renowned researchers.

As an area of research, interpreting and translation has been rapidly growing, attracting ever increasing interest from scholars and researchers to expand our knowledge about the process and the product of interpreting and translation.

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Student Testimonial: Juliana Castaneda Gonzalez on her ACAP Internship

Juliana Castaneda

For the Agreement of the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) internship I had the opportunity to visit their office with two other students for a week; we were asked to work on two different translations and a glossary. The first text that we had to translate, was a very specialized document that ACAP was hoping to distribute among different people in the field. The next task was a glossary of terms that other students and translators have been building up for ACAP. It is a project that has been going on for some years in collaboration in hopes of standardizing certain terms and to help future translators.

This opportunity allowed me to connect with students from other universities while also giving me the chance gain experience on how translators work in the industry. The projects that we were given were quite challenging because we were not used to the vocabulary and the highly specialized content. However, translating in the ACAP office gave us the opportunity to ask and discuss those difficult terms with experts in the field. Daily discussions on the topics and any challenges cleared any doubts that we had. We were able to share our process as translators and hear about the problems and solutions ACAP itself has encountered with their translations in the past.

Working in collaboration with other students was enriching because we got to share opinions and discuss our translations. We worked as a team instead of individually and we got to discuss challenges and share solutions with the other language streams. Moreover, getting to know students from other universities allowed me to hear other perspectives about translation while listening to their experiences.

Being able to travel to Hobart for this ACAP internship was an excellent experience personally and professionally. There were many challenges but working as a team with other translators and experts in the field allowed me to experience how a translation project works. These experiences are incredibly valuable for students and I hope they keep being encouraged in the future.

Student Testimonial: Ana Salotti, international student, Master of Arts in Interpreting and Translation Studies


I originally come from Argentina, and when I first decided I wanted to go abroad to do a MA in Interpreting and Translation, little did I know that I was going to find everything I found in Australia, in Sydney and at UNSW.

UNSW has offered a very qualified, inspiring and challenging group of lecturers and tutors. The academic staff are backed up by a strong curriculum based on well-founded research. By the time I started my MA, I had already worked as a translator back in my country. Theoretical courses helped me link my previous working experience with proper theory, enabling me to validate my choices and justify my translation solutions.

We also had a varied range of more hands-on courses, both in translation and in interpreting. One of the most interesting parts of the teaching structure was discussions we used to have with other language stream students. It was amazing to see similarities and differences in handling translation and interpreting problems across languages as different as Korean and Spanish! It has been a truly eye-opening experience.

Another memorable part of my master’s degree was the passion and love with which some lecturers and tutors would give their classes and share their knowledge with us. I remember specifically some very interesting courses like Business and Community Interpreting (where we used to interpret in real scenarios between, for example, doctors and patients, entrepreneurs from different cultures, etc), or Interpreting in legal settings (interpreting in scenarios in court or between police and a suspect, or a solicitor and their client), or Conference Interpreting (feeling the initial thrill of interpreting in a simultaneous interpreting booth for a mock conference) or Text Analysis (understanding what really is going on in a text at the meaning level in order to convey equivalent meanings in your translations).

On a professional level, I was fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to have some real professional experience during the last semester of my degree. It has been very enriching to share a real interpreting assignment with a senior interpreter, working with her in the booth and learning so much from her! I even interpreted for a real conference on UFOs and alien encounters!

I have met some of the warmest, loveliest people in the country! Lecturers, tutors, classmates… All have contributed to make this one of the most memorable experiences of my life.

Video Presentations

Sandra Hale Keynote Address at EST2016

17 September, 2016

EST Conference 2016

Interview with European Society for Translation Studies

Sandra Hale was interviewed by the presiden of the European Society for Translation Studies.

17 September, 2016

European Society for Translation Studies Interview SH

Symposium on Humanitarian Interpreting

Sandra Hale Keynote Address - The need for specialist legal interpreters for a fairer justice system.

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2 April, 2016 

Sandra Keynote

Facetime Program

Forensic Linguistics conference in China featuring Professor Sandra Hale

22 September, 2015

Facetime Sandra Hale

Recognising Their Voices: Translators & Interpreters in Australia

Prof. Sandra Hale was interviewed for the story by Tara Blancato.

16 June, 2015

Tip of the Tongue Video featuring Sandra Hale 

Legal Interpreting Symposium 2015

Topic: Interpreters and lawyers: an inter-professional dialogue

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23 April, 2015

UNSW Legal Symposium 2015 Part 1

UNSW Legal Symposium 2015 Part 2

Interpretation in international courts

A/Prof Ludmila Sterns' second interview with the EU Directorate General in Brussels.

19 September, 2014

Interpreting in international courts

Honorary Doctorate Nomination Video

Professor Sandra Hale was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of Antwerp, Belgium. This video is presented by Professor Aline Remae who nominated her for the award.

2 April, 2014

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Challenges in Community Interpreting Training Flemish-European Style

Special seminar presentation by Professor Aline Ramae, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

18 December, 2013

Aline Remael Presentation

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Interpreting Justice - Book Launch

An open forum with Professor Sandra Hale, launch by Honourable Justice Ian G. Harrison.

8 December, 2011

Interpreting Justice

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Article on deaf jurors wins human rights award

Deaf Jurors win Human Rights Award

An article arguing that deaf people should be allowed to serve as jurors has been awarded the inaugural Andrea Durbach Award for Human Rights Scholarship at UNSW.

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