General Information

What our students say

Rebecca (second-year student in the Professional College)
“I really appreciate the fact that every one of our teachers is a native speaker. All in all, I can recommend the SDI to anyone who wants to work with languages and doesn’t want to sit in huge lecture halls.”

Live next to the SDI!

Link: Accomodation in Campus SDI and CAMPUS VIVA

Extremely convenient, fully furnished and no rental commission: the SDI rents out apartments in the Campus SDI and CAMPUS VIVA residence halls.

QualificationState-certified translator or state-certified translator and interpreter, followed by a BA in Translation
Course beginAt the beginning of the winter semester in mid-September.  Under certain circumstances it may be possible to enrol at the beginning of the summer semester in March. The first six months are a probationary period.

Three years of full-time study. Students who have very good foreign language proficiency may be able to reduce the course completion time to two years. After that, one to two semesters to complete the BA in Translation.

LanguagesThe basic language of instruction is German. Students who are not native speakers of German take additional German language classes.
Admission requirements

Entrance qualification to a university or a university of applied sciences (Abitur or Fachabitur, valid in Bavaria) or a qualification as a state-certified multilingual administrative assistant (BFS course). The Office for Certificate Recognition is responsible for verifying that international applicants have sufficient proficiency in German and for approving university entrance qualifications from countries other than Germany.

Prior language knowledge
  • EN and FR: standard level of knowledge acquired at school (nine or five years, respectively)
  • IT, RU and ES: good basic knowledge as demonstrated by a placement test or by having completed the Vocational College for Language Careers (BFS)
Students who have above-average proficiency in their first foreign language, as demonstrated in a placement test, may be able to complete the course in two years rather than three.
Specialty subjects
  • Economics (EN, FR, IT, RU, ES)
  • Law (EN, FR, IT, ES)
  • Engineering (EN, IT, RU, ES)
  • Natural Sciences (EN)
Second foreign language / Second specialty subject

The course comprises a first foreign language and a specialty subject in addition to a second foreign language or a second specialty subject.

Students who begin the course in the second year (FAK II) can only choose to do a second foreign language if they already have a sufficient level of proficiency in that language.