Training in the language professions in South Africa

Training in translation, interpreting, editing and terminology is offered at the institutions below as indicated. Further information on the various courses should be obtained direct from the institutions. A brochure giving the details of training set out below can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the page.


Academic training


Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT)

  • NDip: Language Practice (three years: full-time)
  • BTech: Language Practice (one year [full-time] after completing the NDip: Language Practice)

Contact: Dr VN Teise


Tel: 051 507 3361/3327

Postal address: Department of Communication Sciences, Central University of Technology, Private Bag X20539, Bloemfontein, 9300



Durban University of Technology (DUT)

  • NDip: Translation and Interpreting Practice 
  • NDip: Language Practice
  • BTech: Language Practice 
  • MTech: Language Practice 
  • DTech: Language Practice

Department of Language & Translation
Contact: Ms Lolie Makhubu


Tel: 031 373 6718/6804 

Postal address: Department of Language & Translation, ML Sultan Campus, Durban University of Technology, PO Box 1334, Durban, 4000



Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

  • BA Honours (Applied Languages)
  • MA (Applied Language Studies)
  • MA (Applied Language Studies) Research
  • DLitt (Applied Languages)

School of Language, Media & Culture
Contact: Dr Hilda Israel


Tel: 041 504 3266

Postal address: School of Language, Media & Culture, NMMU, PO Box 77000, Port Elizabeth, 6030



North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus)

  • Language Practice is offered as a three-year undergraduate module that can be taken as part of various programmes

Contact: Dr Herculene Kotzé


Tel: 018 299 1502

Postal address: The School of Languages, Internal Box 395, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, Private Bag X6001, Potchefstroom, 2520



North-West University (Vaal Triangle Campus)

  • Undergraduate course in Language Practice
  • Honours in Language Practice
  • MA in Language Practice
  • PhD in Language Practice

School of Languages

Contact: Bertus van Rooy


Tel: 016 910 3481

Postal address: The Campus Registrar, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, PO Box 1174, Vanderbijlpark, 1900



Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)

  • NDip: Language Practice
  • BTech Language Practice
  • MTech Language Practice
  • DTech: Language Practice

Contact: Cate Nkuna


Tel: 012  382 9391

Postal address: Department of Applied Languages, Tshwane University of Technology, Private Bag X680, Pretoria, 0001



University of Johannesburg

  • BA Language Practice
  • BA Honours in Applied Linguistics (with specialisation in translation, interpreting and text editing)
  • MA in Applied Linguistics
  • PhD in Applied Linguistics

Contact: Prof. Anne-Marie Beukes


Tel: 011 559 2694

Postal address: Department of Linguistics, University of Johannesburg, PO Box 524, Auckland Park, 2006



University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)

  • Undergraduate course in Translation Studies
  • Postgraduate course in Intercultural Communication and Translation

Both courses can be taken for non-degree purposes.  

Contact: Prof. Ileana Dimitriu


Tel: 031 260 2316

Postal address: University of KZN, Durban, 4041


University of Limpopo (Turfloop Campus)

  • BA Translation Studies & Linguistics
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies & Linguistics
  • MA in Translation Studies & Linguistics 

Contact: Prof. Richard Madadzhe

Tel: 015 268 2613

Postal address: Department of Translation Studies and Linguistics, Private Bag X1106, Sovenga, Limpopo, 0727



University of Pretoria

  • Modules on the theory and practice of translation at third-year level
  • BA Honours (Translation and Interpreting Studies)
  • MA (Translation and Interpreting Studies)
  • BA (Hons) (Translation and Professional Writing)
  • MA specialising in Applied Language Studies (Option: Translation and Interpretation)

Department of African Languages, Faculty of Humanities

Contact: Ms Renée Marais


Tel: 012 420 4592

Postal address: University of Pretoria, Lynnwood Road, Hillcrest, Pretoria, 0002


University of South Africa (Unisa)

  • BA (with specialisation in Court Interpreting)
  • Honours in Linguistics (Translation Studies)
  • MA in Linguistics (Translation Studies)
  • DLitt et Phil in Linguistics (Translation Studies)

Department of Linguistics (Translation Studies)
Contact: Dr Koliswa Moropa


Tel: 012 429 8768


Ms Wilhelmina Masemola

Tel: 012 429 6316

Postal address: Department of Linguistics (Translation Studies), Unisa, P O Box 392, UNISA, 0003



University of Stellenbosch

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Translation
  • Honours in Translation
  • MA in Translation
  • PhD in Translation
  • MA in Lexicography
  • PhD in Lexicography
  • Various short courses

Contact: Prof. Ilse Feinauer


Tel: 021 808 2162

Postal address: Department of Afrikaans & Nederlands, University of Stellenbosch, Private Bag X1, Matieland, 7602



The department also offers short courses:
Short courses 2014

All at NQF level 8. Admission requirement: Any B degree

  • Translation Methodology
  • Translation Practice (Afr-Eng, Eng-Afr, Eng-Xhosa)
  • Literary Translation (Afr-Eng and Eng-Afr as one course)
  • Editing Methodology
  • Editing practice (Afrikaans, English, Xhosa)

Note: Presentation of the courses is subject to sufficient interest. The Editing Methodology and Translation Methodology courses have to be passed before students may register for the practical courses.

Contact: Dr Amanda Lourens

Tel: 021 808 2160



University of the Free State

  • BA (Language Practice)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Language Practice
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Interpreting (with various options for specialisation)
  • BA Hons (Language Studies)
  • MA (Language Practice)
  • PhD (Language Practice) 
  • BA Hons (Linguistics)
  • MA (Linguistics)
  • PhD (Linguistics)  

Department of Linguistics and Language Practice
Contact: Prof LT du Plessis
Tel: 051 401 2405

Postal address: Department of Language Management & Launguage Practice, University of the Free State, PO Box 339, Bloemfontein, 9300



University of the Witwatersrand

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Translation and Interpreting
  • Honours degree in Translation
  • Master of Arts in Translation

Short courses are also offered according to demand at certain times of the year

Contact: Prof. Judith Inggs


Tel: 011 717 4265

Postal address: Translation & Interpreting Studies, Wits University Private Bag 3, Wits, 2050






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