Welcome to the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication

The Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication (PTIC) offers a diverse curriculum that allows undergraduates to develop their understanding of translation issues from varied perspectives. Students develop skills in language use and an understanding of the complexity of communicating across cultures, nations, and linguistic borders. Navigate this Web site with the buttons to the left to learn more about the program and the requirements for an undergraduate Certificate of Proficiency.


  • Rebecca Aguas having been appointed manager of PLAS, the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication welcomes Timothy Waldron as its new Program Manager. Tim, who worked previously at the Neuroscience Institute, will be keeping things ship shape from the same office, 323 Aaron Burr, tel. 8-9400.

  • Small World: David Bellos reflects on the current state of translated fiction in English

  • Translation Review: This long-established journal of translation studies has been relaunched in a new format, and is calling for submissions 
  • Fall 2016 sees the introduction of a new course in the Program’s offering to undergraduates. TRA 351 Great Books in Little Languages gives an  opportunity to discover literary works from languages with small reading populations which rarely attract academic attention in the USA. It also offers tools to reflect critically on the networks of selection that determine which books reach English-language readers; the role of literature in the maintenance of national identities; the role of translation; and the concept of "world literature" in Comparative Literary Studies.


The Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication provides funding for senior thesis research and travel--including summer travel grants for rising seniors and fall break travel grants for seniors, summer study abroad (to obtain the international experience required for the certificate), and pre-approved independent projects. This funding is available to undergraduates who are enrolled in the certificate program and who have taken the first core course, TRA 200/COM 209 Thinking Translation: Language and Transfer & Cultural Communication.

PTIC funding may be used only to offset allowable expenses for proposed air and ground travel (coach class only), room, and board. No equipment may be purchased with PTIC funds, and no other expenditures can be covered under these grants.

Please search opportunities and apply through the Student Activity Funding Engine at www.princeton.edu/SAFE.

Translators as Agents

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Spring 2016

Translation Lunch Series
Mondays at NOON in Aaron Burr Hall 216

April 11         
188: “Translation and the Visual Landscape of the Migrant Presence”
Moira Inghilleri (University of Massachusetts)

April 18         
189: “Translating Japanese with a Disorderly Brain” 
Jay Rubin (Harvard University)

April 25         
190: “Language Policy and the United Nations:  Diplomatic Baggage or Passport to Success?”
Lisa Atalianis (Birkbeck, University of London)


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