12 months
1818 USD/credit 54540 USD/year
1818 USD/credit 54540 USD/year
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The Literary Translation program of University of Rochester combines academic rigor, strong practical training, and intensive professional development through internships with Open Letter and other literary presses.


Key facts

Distinguished literary translators must be lifelong students of literature and have superior writing skills in English. They must also understand the business of translation.

The minimum degree requirement for admission to the program is a bachelor’s degree. Applicants should have significant preparation in one or more literary and linguistic traditions.

The Literary Translation program of University of Rochester has three components:

  • Core
  • Electives
  • Annotated thesis translation

The core introduces you to the theories and problems of literary translation, giving you the framework to work on a series of translations independently and in consultation with your advisor. You also take a writing workshop to hone your writing skills not only as a literal translator but as a translator of literature.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Studies in Translation
  • Writing and Translation Workshop
  • Studies in International Literature
  • Literary Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in related field
  • Completed the online application
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement describing: Career and educational goals, Prior experience with literary studies, creative writing, translation, and languages other than English, Proficiency in a second foreign language and literary tradition
  • Translation sample (approximately 20 pages of fiction or drama, 200 lines of poetry) and copies of corresponding pages from source text
  • There is a $60 application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    54540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1818 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    54540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1818 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Rochester

925 - 1350 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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