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.



The Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication offers warmest congratulations to our recent students, Audrye Wong '13 and Thomas Merckens '13, for the Fulbright Fellowships they have just won!  Great work -- have a splendid year!

Emmerich and Keeley listed for PEN Poetry in Translation Award

"Karen Emmerich, who will be joining the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program in Hellenic Studies in February 2015, has been listed together with her co-translator Edmund Keeley (Creative Writing, Emeritus), for PEN America's  Poetry in Translation Award, for Diaries of Exile by Yannis Ritsos, published in 2013 by Archipelago Books. View the full list of the contenders for PEN Awards this year.

Shelley Frisch, faithful friend of Princeton's Translation Lunch series, wins THE major translation prize!



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

Translation Theory Conference at Princeton University

2014 PIIRS Global Seminar in Geneva

Regulations for the Undergraduate Certificate in Translation and Intercultural Communication
The requirements for the certificate, posted on this site under "Courses," can also be found in the Undergraduate Announcement.


Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Fall 2014

The Translation Lunch Series will be held on Mondays at noon in 216 Aaron Burr Hall. Lunch will be provided.

September 22
“The Translational Life of Cities: Language and the Urban Imagination from Montreal to Trieste”
Sherry Simon, Concordia University

September 29
“Tales of an Open World: The Fall of the Ming Dynasty as Chinese Rumor, Dutch Theater and Global News”
Pieter Keulemans, Princeton University

October 6
“Translating Kafka Into the Central European Novel”
Michelle Woods, State University of New York-New Paltz

October 13
“Yiddish Translation Matters”
Anita Norich, University of Michigan

October 20
“Playing by Ear”
Liesl Yamaguchi, Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate, Comparative
Literature, Princeton University





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