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Hello, everyone! My name is Giuliano, I'm from Italy and I'm attending the Bachelor's Degree in Interpreting and Translating in Rome.

I would like to ask you a few questions about the University of Geneva's Master's Degree in Conference Interpreting in particular and, in general, about life as a university student in Geneva:

1) Given my current language combination (ITA-ENG-FRE) will I be able to choose Chinese as a third language and go to the bachelor's degree classes? My level of Chinese is far from being good enough for me to interpret it to and from any other language...

2) Should the answer to my previous question be negative, how many chances will I have to find a job in the field with my language combination after graduation?

3) As far as you know of it, how international and how active is student life at the University of Geneva and indeed the city of Geneva?

4) Geneva is said to be one of the most expensive cities in the world. As foreign student studying in Geneva, will I be allowed to get a job and thus be able to make a decent living out of it? Will working also let me keep up with my studies or will it slower my pace? That would be all, for now.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank whoever will take some of his own time to reply in advance :)

asked 11 Apr '17, 21:43

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1) With italian A, you can only have German, French and English as B or C languages.

2) Your current combination is most likely too common to work as a conference interpreter.

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answered 12 Apr '17, 02:52

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I think you have a number of options with regards to language combination if you want to work in conference interpreting but you should investigate how promising or attractive (or not) these markets are for you and then choose.

IT - FR EN DE : add German and aim for the EU market (though as things stand you probably need 4 Cs to get into the Italian booth. Please check.

IT - EN B : upgrade your English to a (very good) B and return to work on the private market in Italy (where there may be a lot of competition already)

IT - ZH B : upgrade you Chinese to a B and work on a niche market IT-ZH either in Italy or China. This would probably involve a lot of delegation visits, chuchotage and consecutive and very little conference work in booths in SIM

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answered 12 Apr '17, 04:54

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