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Conference Interpreting

In short Grande Ecole program
Academic field (or area) Conference interpreting
Type of degree Master degree
Study level Bac+5
Entry level Bac+4
Working languages All language combinations possible
Accessibility Formation accessible

About the Master’s program in Conference Interpreting

Our Master’s programs offer students the opportunity to put the multilingual and intercultural expertise they have acquired during the pre-Master’s program into practice in various professional environments.

ISIT produces graduates with a strong general knowledge and a solid understanding of intercultural issues who are able to show agility in an international environment and to grasp the complexity of globalized organizations and businesses.

The Master’s degree in Conference Interpreting responds tomeets the need for multilingual communication brought about by the globalization of politics and economies.

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In 2014, the Conference Interpreting program at ISIT joined the European Masters in Conference Interpreting (EMCI) consortium, an elite group of universities offering accredited masters degrees in conference interpreting. In 2022, ISIT was elected president of the EMCI consortium of conference interpreting schools.

This program receives funding from the European Union.

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  • Practicing conference interpreters accredited by international organizations or French ministries
  • University lecturers and researchers

Learning objectives

  • To train professionals capable of working for government departments, the media and international organizations upon graduation.
  • To train students to interpret in the context of high-level international conferences or meetings (bilingual or multilingual).

Practical skills acquired

  • Simultaneous interpretation, consecutive interpretation and sight translation techniques
  • Economic and legal knowledge
  • Ability to listen, analyze, summarize, and concentrate quickly
  • Ability to express oneself clearly and precisely in public


1st Year of master’s degree


  • Methodology of Consecutive
  • Interpreting
  • Methodology of Sight Translation
  • Cognitive Keys to Interpreting
  • International Economics


  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Consecutive Interpreting & Sight Translation B to A language
  • Consecutive Interpreting & Sight Translation A to B language
  • Consecutive Interpreting & Sight Translation C to A language
  • Self-study (individual and group)


  • Political Economics
  • Economic and Financial Interpreting


  • Research methodology
  • Research workshops


  • Multilingual Mock Conferences
  • Stress Management Workshops
  • Professional Integration
  • Workshops & Seminars
  • Internship (2 months min.)

2nd Year of master’s degree


  • Advanced Consecutive Interpreting & Sight Translation for Professional Contexts
  • Simultaneous Interpreting with and without text (language combinations: B to A, A to B, C to A)


  • Geopolitics by Region
  • Legal Interpreting


  • Multilingual Mock Conferences
  • Stress Management Workshops
  • Seminar on Professional Interpreters’
  • Code of Ethics
  • Volunteer Interpreting
  • Internships within the Interpreting
  • Departments of International organizations
  • Participation of key recruiters at the final exams


Careers guidance

We work with teachers, alumni, practicing conference interpreters and potential recruiters to:

  • Inform students about potential paths into the world of work
  • Provide an insight into the conference interpreting market (talks and meetings with working interpreters)
  • Help students find internships (in companies and international organizations)
  • Help students with their personal development, particularly stress management and exam preparation (sophrology workshops)
  • Equip students with the information and tools they need to set up as freelance interpreters
  • Encourage a considered and objective approach to work-related issues
  • Provide graduates with individual guidance after they have completed their degree

First-year internships

A work placement is a requirement for all first-year Conference Interpreting students.

Main objectives:

  • Understand the business world and its requirements
  • Identify the stakeholders interpreters work with
  • Deepen your understanding of economic issues and increase your vocabulary

all of this through hands-on experience in a professional role other than interpreter.

Internship details

    • Length: 2 to 3 months
    • Period: between the end of May and the end of September
    • Placement: global companies and NGOs
    • Main roles: marketing, communications (including press relations and corporate communications), human resources, purchasing, finance, lobbying
    • Location: in France for students with French as a B or C language, or abroad for French A students

Second-year internship

Second-year Conference Interpreting students complete internships:

  • dummy-boothing in a variety of international organizations such as the Council of Europe, the OECD, the EU and UNESCO). A dummy booth is a real interpreting booth in a meeting room in which student interpreters may sit and listen to the meeting, or practice their interpreting in a realistic environment.
  • as volunteer conference interpreters for charitable or humanitarian organizations (CCFD, Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort), or during large student events such as GIMUN (Geneva International Model United Nations) conferences.

Read the job description conference interpreter

Getting ready to apply


  • Admission in 1st Year of master’s degree : 3rd year of higher education (L3) successfully completed
  • Admission in 2nd Year of master’s degree : Master 1 or equivalent (4 years of higher education in France or abroad, officially recognised as being worth 240 ECTS) successfully completed

IMPORTANT: for the Conference Interpreting specialization, the student’s Master 1 or equivalent qualification must be in Conference Interpreting

  • You must have an excellent command of all the languages you are applying with.

Each conference interpreter works with a unique language combination. This combination of working languages is composed of:

  • Native language or A language: The language into which the interpreter works from all his or her other languages, in both simultaneous and consecutive modes.
  • Active language or B language: A language other than the interpreter’s native language, of which he or she has a perfect command and into which he or she works from his or her A language.
  • Passive language or C language: A language of which the interpreter has a complete understanding and from which he or she works into his or her A language.


Accepted language combinations

At ISIT, English and French are required in any language combination. ISIT also caters for all languages for which a demand exists and qualified instructors can be found:

  • AA for English and French exclusively,
  • AB for English and French exclusively, provided that the candidate’s level in his/her B language is nearly equivalent to that of his or her A language,
  • ABC, ABB, ABCC, ACCC or ACCCC, in which case English and French are still required but can be A, B or C languages.

ACC combinations, except in rare cases, are not accepted.


You must have a minimum of 12 consecutive months of in-country experience using your B language. 6 consecutive months of in-country experience using each of your C languages is also recommended.

Admission tests & Annals

Admission to the Master’s program is in two steps:

Written tests : Admission

  • French: 20 MCQ questions based on two speeches + 20 general culture questions
  • English: 20 MCQ questions based on two speeches + 20 general culture questions

Oral tests: Admission

If the candidate passes the admission test, he/she is invited to the oral tests.

Here you will find past papers related to ISIT’s Master’s admission process, including tests and subjects for each master’s degree from previous years, so that candidates have a complete overview of the expectations and requirements of the selection process.

Admission tests

Testimonies from our alumni

• Conference Interpreting • ISIT 2012

Sarah Lanzi

I like the immediacy and the multi-faceted nature of this profession.
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• Conference Interpreting • ISIT 2015

Ina Kang

Being an ISIT graduate is an asset on your CV.
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• Conference Interpreting • ISIT 2014 • Spain

David Cabrera Sanchez

ISIT’s many partnerships with major international organizations meant I had the opportunity to complete a number of internships working in a dummy booth, which taught me a lot.
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