Master of Arts in Conference Interpreting (MACI)
M.A. in Conference Interpreting

The M.A. in Conference Interpreting provides you with a solid grounding in Interpretation Theory and over 300 hours of hands-on training inbound and outbound interpreting. Roughly 50% of your training is done in our Interpreting Lab using interpreting booths.

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Strengths of the MACI Program

The M.A. in Conference Interpreting reflects the way conference interpretating is practiced today. It is taught by faculty with extensive experience as professional interpreters providing services to national and international organizations and events. Furthermore, the program is in alignment with the training requirements set by the Directorate General for Interpretation (SCIC) of the European Commission. Program strengths include the following:

  • Practice on a wide range of material such as speeches, presentations and webinars on a rich variety of topics, including EU, international politics, business, law, and medicine.
  • Over 300 hours of interpreting practice in situ (interpreting booth environment) and online (remote interpreting).
  • Direct links with the interpreting industry through participation in conferences, congresses and seminars as auditors as well as practitioners.
  • Faculty mentoring and personal support for your academic and professional development.
  • Career counseling and networking opportunities through the Career Development Office during and after your studies.
  • Cooperation with the Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament on terminology projects.
  • MEUS project logoCooperation with the Model European Union Strasbourg (MEUS) project, an immersive, inclusive and engaging simulation of the European Union legislative process. Conference interpreting students from different European universities are eligible to offer pro bono interpreting services during the event.

MACI Career Paths

The program's structure and content are fully tailored to meet the needs of aspiring interpreters who wish to pursue a career in national and European institutions and public services. Also, as a graduate of the MACI program you can pursue an interpreting career with media organizations and agencies specializing in conference organization. You can also participate in all EU calls for conference interpreting personnel (through EPSO).

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Program Structure

You will need to complete a total of 11 courses plus a Thesis to earn the Master of Arts in Conference Interpreting [MACI]. The duration of the program is 12 months. An academic year includes two semesters, each semester running for 15 weeks. Successful completion of the program will require a total of 36 credits / 11 courses and 1 thesis (3 credits): 33 credits / 11 courses in core curriculum and 3 credits / Thesis. Consult the Hellenic American University website for a detailed list and description of courses in the degree program.

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What students and graduates say about the program

  • As a qualified translator but self-taught public-sector interpreter working with law enforcement, I decided to attend the MACI to learn the interpreting methods and techniques that would allow me to become more effective in my work. The program fully met my expectations. It prepared me well for work in formal settings such as high-level international meetings and conferences. And it was taught by a team of highly qualified instructors, all of them professional interpreters, who not only conveyed their knowledge but also instilled in us a strong sense of discipline, self-confidence, and professionalism. I strongly recommend it.

    • Chara Katsarelia
    • MACI ‘20
    • Translator-Interpreter
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