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Most of our graduates are now French- and Spanish-to-English staff translators at the many international organizations and Swiss banks located in and around Geneva. Some are pursuing doctoral and post-doctoral research at FTI. Others have branched out. One attended Harvard Law School and another manages communications for the Nordics region at Google. Where might an FTI translation degree take you?
The program taught me to carefully consider the nitty gritty details and the big picture – and every level in between – all at once. My translations were water-damaged from ink corrections – that's how much I learned.
Sarah is an in-house translator at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva.
I think what's special about the FTI is how you learn to think about translation, independent of language. It's about developing an instinct for research and for balancing accuracy and idiomaticity. I now use those skills to manage translation quality in five other languages.
Svein is the Nordic Language Specialist at Google.
Really enjoyed my MA! Small classes meant lots of useful feedback and one-on-one attention. FTI's connections and staff of practitioners jump started my career in the international organizations.
Leslie is an in-house translator at the UN in Geneva.
The University is located in the heart of one of the world’s largest translation markets. The UN, WHO, WTO, ILO, ICRC, Rothschild’s bank, UEFA, the IOC and CERN – these are just some of the many companies and organizations in and around Geneva that employ in-house translators. But of course, there’s more to life than work! Switzerland offers stunning landscapes, an unrivalled array of outdoor activities, and a wealth of world-class cultural offerings.
From a former naval engineering officer to a renowned translation critic and theorist to the head of the World Trade Organization’s Language Services, our teaching faculty is an eclectic bunch. They’re also among the top academics and professionals in their fields.
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Small-group interactive teaching methods and state-of-the-art IT tools are an integral part of the curriculum. The workshop format ensures that our students benefit from the considerable talents of their peers, while working closely with teachers who represent the pinnacle of the profession – and often end up hiring their students as interns or staff translators.