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Translation Studies for Information Technologies

Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Application: not required
Course commences: winter semester only
Standard course duration: 6 semesters
Focus options: 100% only
Language requirements: none
Language of instruction: English and German


Faculty of Modern Languages


Course outline

The B.A. course Translation Studies for Information Technologies is offered by Heidelberg University in conjunction with the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences. The programme is a response to the increasing demand for translators with an academic background both in linguistics/cultural studies and in engineering. Translators working in the IT sector today are expected to have not only outstanding linguistic skills but also a sound grasp of the technical side of the subject they have specialised in.

The course is angled at applicants with German as their native language and an excellent knowledge of English or international students with adequate proficiency in German and a good working knowledge of English. Prospective students should also be interested in mathematics and the sciences and look forward to engaging with the problems posed by technical translation.

The programme is taught in German and English, standard course duration is six semesters and teaching takes place at two different locations. At Heidelberg University students are given an introduction to the theories and methodologies of Translation Studies, with special reference to technical texts and ESP. They are also instructed in the use of electronic translation aids and the translation of texts on EU norms and legislation. Alongside the translation of technical documentation, etc. the course is geared to providing the students with ample linguistic and (inter)cultural skills.

The Mannheim University of Applied Sciences focuses on the technical (engineering) side of the course. Here students receive a grounding both in the fundamentals of digital data transmission and the practicalities of process and production automation or digital technology.

Course content is conceived and designed to qualify graduates to embark without delay on professional pathways connected with technical translation, software localisation, technical documentation and web publishing in the context of information technologies.

Course structure

Standard course duration for the B.A. programme is six semesters including examinations. Teaching extends over six semesters but in the final semester classes are restricted to a period of six weeks. To graduate, students are required to amass 180 ECTS credit points (CP) from the classes on offer (compulsory and elective-compulsory), which corresponds to 120 hours of classes.

The B.A. course divides into a foundational programme of four semesters, followed by an advanced programme lasting two semesters.

Formal requirements


There are no admission restrictions. Click here for information on how to enrol.

International applicants:

There are special regulations for international applicants. For more information, apply to the International Relations Office of Heidelberg University (Seminarstraße 2).

Study and examination regulations

Examination regulations
Examination regulations (28 July 2003, last amended 12 August 2016)

Module Handbook

Please click here to find the latest Module Handbook (Leitfaden BA TSIT).

Examinations board

Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.


The Bachelor of Arts course Translation Studies for Information Technologies is accredited up to 30 September 2014.

Accreditation document


Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are payable at the beginning of each semester.

Academic advisor

Michael Prien
See LSF for office hours
Office -121, School of Translation and Interpreting
Plöck 57a
69117 Heidelberg
phone: +49-(0)6221-54 72 59


School of Translation and Interpreting
Ploeck 57a
D-69117 Heidelberg

Secretaries' office
phone: +49 (0)6221-54-7560
fax: +49 (0)6221-54-7561

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