The challenge is to do justice to every situation. Success brings great satisfaction to the interpreter and the clients alike. This programme is suitable for students who already speak two languages very well.
AUT has the longest tradition of teaching Interpreting in New Zealand. Our programmes are thorough and practise-based, leading to qualifications directly related to professional activity.
The applicant for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of oral and written proficiency in English equivalent to IELTS level 7 or higher.
An applicant whose first language is English must normally have studied their language other than English (LOTE) at tertiary level and successfully completed an AUT language proficiency assessment demonstrating proficiency within public, political and educational domains.
An interview is required.
The Interpreting major will requires students to:
Co-operative work experience opportunities
Some students have worked for Japanese magazines; others have taken internships with an Interpreting or Translation agency. Others have undertaken a project with Internal Affairs, or New Settlers’ groups.
Throughout the three years of the BA, students take core papers that provide the necessary skills in writing, research and IT capability to prepare them for academic work and their working life.
For a list of core papers see the Bachelor of Arts overview.
A student must complete 120 points.
165026 Oral Discourse for Interpreting
166760 Theory and Practice of Interpreting
166761 Contextual Studies
167770 Advanced Interpretation Legal Studies
167780 Advanced Interpretation Health Studies
167781 Advanced Interpretation Health Interpreting*
167771 Advanced Interpretation Legal Interpreting*
167773 Advanced Interpreting Business and Technology
166017 Telephone interpreting and Video Conferencing
*Either 167781 or 167771
On completion graduates will be able to work in a variety of areas including trade expos, foreign affairs, movie voice-overs and border control.
Legal interpreting opportunities include work in areas such as:
Health interpreting opportunities:
In addition, there is freelance work for providers such as the LanguageLine nationwide telephone interpreting service, or government departments such as the Department of Justice, MAF, or area district health boards.