Summer schools are an increasingly popular kind of education in the European language industry. Most summer school programmes focus on a certain subject in a full-time course, leaving enough time for opportunities to get to know fellow students, meet locals and enjoy the summer and the change of scenery.

In Europe, several translation technology summer schools offer an opportunity to boost up your academic knowledge and learn which tools and resources to include in your toolbox to optimize your translation/localization workflow. Indeed, in the last decades, technology has become an absolute necessity in meeting the global translation and communication needs. To increase their employability, the professionals selling translation services need to become tech-savvy and digital literate. The market offers a myriad of tools and resources that can be used in every step of the translation process: from the moment of quoting until the delivery step.

In 2016, Sanna Volanen from Finland participated in the International Translation Technology Summer School organised by the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Antwerp. She says: “The organisers have designed a program that caters to international participants from various backgrounds within the industry, bringing together students and seasoned professionals from freelance translators to employees and owners of LSPs. This summer school addresses functional everyday issues and topics that everyone in the translation industry faces, and on which they need to educate themselves continuously. The organisers have created a venue where people learn not only from the workshops and the keynote speeches but also from each other’s know-how.”

According to programme coordinator Iulianna van der Lek-Ciudin, 19 out of 20 participants rated the summer school as excellent and found the programme very useful/useful for their professional development.


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