Cooperation with Universities
The European Commission cooperates closely with universities which provide conference interpreting training to ensure high level professional standards.
Although the Commission does not itself organise training courses in interpretation, we provide both on-site and remote assistance by experienced trainers, as well as grants to universities and bursaries for students.
Upon request, we provide on-site training at our partner universities conducted by DG Interpretation’s trainers with years of experience in conference interpreting and practical training techniques. This form of training can be tailored to the specific needs of the universities.
Visits to DG Interpretation allow student interpreters to familiarise themselves with the workings of the Institutions and, in particular, the work of interpreters in meetings. The students sit in on meetings and interpret in dummy booths with their trainers, thereby acquiring a taste of their future working lives.
SCiCLOUD consists of a wide range of digital resources (such as training videos and the Speech Repository), as well as interactive services in the form of virtual classes.
We offer interactive virtual classes where our experienced interpretation trainers guide and assess students remotely via video conferencing. Naturally, Virtual Classes require an existing, compatible video-conference system (more info: SCIC-VIRTUAL-CLASS@ec.europa.eu). 25 universities across Europe have already joined our 'virtual classroom'.
The Speech Repository is an e-learning tool developed by DG Interpretation which provides tailor-made training material for conference interpreting students and trainers. It contains a collection of video-recorded speeches organised by language, level of difficulty, type of interpreting mode and subject. You have immediate access to more than 3,000 speeches but using the e-learning tool requires registration.
SCICtrain is a brand new collection of video modules which cover the wide array of interpretation techniques, tools and resources through demonstrations, personal tips, and brief 'lectures' from our experienced professional interpreters and trainers.
European Commission interpreter podcasts address different issues in interpreting, some technical, some more philosophical. Listen to senior professionals talk about their experience and their work in international conferences.
Grants to Universities
We provide financial support to a selection of projects to ensure that a sufficient number of qualified conference interpreters are available to enable the European Union's institutions to function properly: e.g. post-graduate conference interpreting courses, cross-border cooperation projects and/or innovative projects enhancing the quality or the development of new technologies in conference interpreting teaching.
10 universities benefited from such subsidies in 2014-2015 [172 KB] and 11 universities in 2015-2016 [234 KB] .
Work programme 2016 [189 KB]
Do you want to become a conference interpreter? You may be eligible for a study bursary from DG Interpretation.
Work programme 2016 [189 KB]
Once a year, DG Interpretation holds a Universities Conference with participants from Universities, national governments and European and International Institutions.