Career in Foreign Language Translator - Courses & Scope

Language is one of the most powerful communication tools available to an individual. With globalization, an individual who has knowledge of more than one language has a number of advantages to his/her credit. Careers nowadays not only ask for languages as a primary skill, but occasionally as a secondary skill as well.

The most important foreign languages are English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Persian and Chinese.

The aspiring candidates should have few exceptional qualities within them – sense of responsibility, pleasing personality, presence of mind, initiative, good physique, patience to work long hours, systematic approach towards duty, good appearance, communication and interactive skills, language proficiency, pleasant voice, team spirit, positive attitude, sense of humour and so on.

Foreign Languages - Eligibility Criteria

There is no formal educational qualification required for pursuing a course in any foreign languages that are short-term. Someone who wants to pursue degree course in any foreign language should have appropriate educational qualification.

No specific qualification is required in order to study at cultural centres such as Max Mueller Bhavan or Alliance Francaise etc. Some institutions like the Jawaharlal Nehru University require a candidate to take an entrance exam on the basis of which they would be selected for the BA, MA and M. Phil courses in a particular language.

Foreign Languages - Career Prospects

A career in foreign language has always been an attractive proposition, especially for those who have a flair for languages. Translator and interpreter jobs are the best options available with this field for the aspiring individuals.

Individuals may pursue either a freelance translator career or chose to seek association with a professional organization. Business interpreters find prospective employment in business firms, travel agencies, etc. One could also opt for a career in teaching.

Language translators may be employed for public relation, secretarial and executive assignments by:

    • International organizations
    • Embassies
    • Publishing houses
    • The hospitality sector
    • Airlines
    • Export agencies
    • Radio stations
    • Trade organizations.

Foreign Languages - Salary Package

Remuneration is lucrative for teaching alone:

    • Professors may fetch up to Rs. 18000
    • Lecturers Rs. 10000 – 13000
    • Translator salary is Rs. 50 – Rs. 100 by the page
    • Interpreters salary is Rs. 300 – 500 by the hour
    • Embassy workers can expect Rs. 8000 – Rs. 10000 per month

Top Colleges/Institutes & Training for Foreign Languages

In India there are large number of institutes and universities offering short-term and long-term (degree/diploma) courses in foreign languages. The foreign language courses range from certificate level to master’s and even PhD level.

You can find a few private institutes and foreign embassies offering foreign language courses in major cities of the country including Delhi and Mumbai. The prominent universities and institutes for foreign languages are:

1The English and Foreign Languages University Hyderabad
2Symbiosis Institute of Foreign Languages (SIFL) Pune
3The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of CultureKolkata
4Banaras Hindu UniversityVaranasi
5University of DelhiNew Delhi
6Savitribai Phule University (University of Pune)Pune
7Rajasthan UniversityJaipur
8School of Languages – Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew Delhi
9Alliance Française de New Delhi New Delhi
10Amity School of Languages Noida
11Instituto HispaniaNew Delhi
12English FountainThane
13TEI AcademyBangalore