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I live in West Africa and would like to train as an interpreter. Do I have to study in Europe or are there any options on my continent?

asked 13 Oct '11, 22:33

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edited 29 Oct '11, 23:11

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The University of Nairobi in Kenya has a masters programme in conference interpreting. I've also read somewhere on the internet that the University of Ghana - Legon plans to launch a masters programme sometime this year. Then there are, of course, the masters programmes in Buea (Cameroon)and in Maputo (Mozambique). I think the Nairobi, Buea, Legon and Maputo courses are being set up to form a sort of consortium to work like EMCI in Europe.

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answered 24 Jan '12, 13:11

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Yes there are. Several in fact but I only really know of 3. All run post graduate and under graduate programs.

  1. One in Cameroon:
  2. One in Maputo ( Mozambique) which started in 2010 and has support from EU and the EMCI Lisbon course
  3. One in South Africa (Witts, etc) but I have no idea of the quality of the program:

There are other schools, under graduate programs, but again I am not familiar with their curricula. There is a training committee set up in AIIC's Africa Region so maybe you can ask them. Jibola Sofolahan;Damien Atangana; Marguerite Heese et Elisabeth Kouaovi (check

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answered 02 Nov '11, 07:54

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Check out the AIIC Schools Directory at [link coming soon!] where you can find schools in your region and for your language combination.

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answered 25 Oct '11, 08:02

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