12 months
16216 EUR/year
6716 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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This Conference Interpreting at National University of Ireland, Galway trains students in the professional skills of conference interpreting, enabling them to avail of employment opportunities as qualified interpreting professionals. 


About Conference Interpreting at National University of Ireland, Galway

 It is the only course of its kind in Ireland—a programme developed in conjunction with the institutions of the EU. Training is provided by practicing professionals in both modes of conference interpreting—consecutive and simultaneous interpreting—and employs recommended techniques: concentration exercises, interpretation from memory, sight interpreting, note-taking techniques and monitored use of the institutional speech repository. Students study the theory and practice of interpreting, and also examine professional ethics and conference preparation/ procedures, along with working practices and conditions. Students will study the institutions of the EU, and the university organises a study visit to the European Parliament and Commission. Irish, English, French, Spanish, Italian and German are offered on the programme to date.


The training provided covers both modes of conference interpreting, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, and employs recommended techniques: concentration exercises, active listening, interpretation from memory, sight interpreting, note-taking techniques, chuchotage, liaison and monitored use of the institutional speech repository. Students study the theory and practice of interpreting, various communication skills and gain experience through voice coaching and public speaking. Students also examine professional ethics and conference preparation/procedures, along with working practices and conditions. Throughout the course, students will study the institutions of the European Union, and the University organises a study visit to the European Parliament and Commission, giving an insight into a conference interpreter’s working life.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Consecutive Interpreting
  • Simultaneous Interpreting
  • The European Union
  • Voice coaching
  • Psychometric Testing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students must hold a 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent), as well as an excellent mastery of their mother tongue and one or more foreign languages
  • Sound general knowledge;
  • Good communication skills;
  • A high degree of motivation;
  • Readiness to accept advice. Trainee interpreters are effectively assessed every time they work: feedback on questions of accuracy, style and use of language is central to training. Applicants must show an ability to deal with constructive criticism.
  • Admission to the programme is subject to success in both a suitability test and an interview.

In addition, candidates are expected to have:

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16216 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16216 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6716 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6716 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Galway

800 - 1100 EUR /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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