The course is good BUT very intense. Again, very intense, do take this into consideration. It's 1 year and it's a whole lot of self-study. Interpreters at the EU have said it has a great track record and many graduates enter the EU.
The university itself, well, let's say it's very basic and it's a bureaucratic hell hole (we are talking about Portugal here) but again it does seem to be good prep for government work :D The university's website is stuck in the stone age of technology, that's why you can't find much information.
But the course itself is definitely good, with good instructors, and it's both intensive and intense.
Edit: btw, I don't know what links you've come across but I'll give you all the ones I have. The first is very descriptive of the course and the second is the e-platform for which the link on the first page is broken:
Schools listed on AIICs webpage have to comply with AIICs best practices for conference interpreting training programmes.
Lisbon is listed in AIIC's school directory, right here.
Usually, that speaks for quality. Nevertheless, you should try to get in touch with alumni to see if the teaching style and model will suit you. There are many different approaches in teaching, e.g. some schools offer only 4 hours of tutored classes per week (that's usually the case in Paris and England), while others will be more time consuming (>20 hours/week in Belgium). There are also one year programes or two year programmes, depending on the country/school.
Hi there, have asked the coordinator of the course to field this one :-).
answered 30 Apr '13, 08:47