The new minor offering from Leiden, Delft and Erasmus will be visible in early March.

Vertalen Engels-NederlandsOrganization logo: Leiden University

About this minor

A language degree does not prepare you for a job as a translator, a fact unknown to graduates and their clients. Perhaps just as well, because many language graduates do become translators. The first translation concoctions are the result of blood, sweat and tears, but after a few years of experience most translators produce pretty decent translations and they may even enjoy their work.

We at Leiden's English Department believe that it is better for students to enter the translation profession with some preparation. This is why this minor offers you the opportunity to become acquainted with translation, in many respects an exciting and challenging discipline. A good translator needs thorough knowledge of at least two languages, with all their lexical and grammatical nuances. In addition, the translator has an intimate knowledge of the cultures that are inextricably connected to the source and target languages. In other words, translators are mediators between cultures. Finally, professional translators have been taught to reflect on what it means to do translation and to work as a translator. This means that they have a knowledge of translation strategies and procedures, that they have thought about what it means to do a "literal" or "free" translation, and that they are aware of ethical and practical issues. All of these aspects of translation are addressed in the English-to-Dutch-to-English translation minor.

NB: The minor translation offers two (extra) elective courses. These courses are open for all who are interested. These courses are: Multilingual to Dutch Translation and Multilingual to English Translation. If you wish to take one or both of these courses, you do not need to register for the minor. In this case, please contact the coordinator of studies.

Good to know

Sommige opleidingen hebben enkel een keuzeruimte van 15 studiepunten. Studenten die deze variant kiezen volgen:

  • English to Dutch Translation Course
  • Introduction to Translation Studies

Studenten die de minor Vertalen Engels-Nederlands-Engels en de Bachelor Engelse Taal en Cultuur hebben afgerond, hebben direct toegang tot de master Translation in Theory and Practice.

Additional information

  • Theme
    Language and culture
  • Credits
    ECTS 30
  • Selection minor
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  • Start date

    4 september 2023

    • Ends
      5 juli 2024
    • Term *
      Minor academic year
    • Location
    • Instruction language
    • Register between
      16 May, 13:00 - 15 Jul 2023
    Enrolment period closed
These offerings are valid for students of Leiden University