Languages Cultures & Linguistics - Localisation
This full-time programme develops your skill set for employment in the fast developing localisation sector in Ireland and globally. It fosters an understanding of how intercultural, linguistic, sociocultural and technical knowledge and linguistic investigation methods can be successfully engaged to design culturally and socially sensitive and appropriate products for different global markets. Students learn about localisation processes and profiles through engagement with academics, practitioners, learning resources and hands-on exercises and learning (internship).
The course is suitable for people who have an interest in communication processes in the globalised world, a high linguistics and cultural proficiency in two or more languages and good technical skills (or an interest in acquiring them) for employment in the modern language industry. The programme fosters an understanding of how language, culture and technical skills interact to design high specification products. The programme is designed as a hands-on learning experience that promotes employability.
This 60 ECTS programme runs over 3 Trimesters and consists of eight modules. In each module, you will explore specific themes through a variety of learning approaches including virtual and face-to-face classes, self-directed learning, reflective learning, group and individual student effort. You will also complete a compulsory 8 to 12-week internship. The UCD Careers office will support your career planning and the sourcing of internship placement based on established networks within the industry. However, finding a suitable internship is ultimately your own responsibility.
The aim of the course is to prepare you for a career in the growing and multifaceted localisation industry in Ireland and abroad. You will go on to work for smaller or larger companies in the field both as self-employed and/or employees in various roles ranging from project management to junior/senior localisors.
The programme provides you with insights into the localisation industry. It raises awareness of the structure and organisation of the industry, including the different fields, work practices and required skills, from academics and people working in the industry. You receive practical training in how to plan, manage and deliver on localisation projects and how localisation relates to and differs from translation. You are introduced to a range of skills, resources and profiles within the localisation industry and how to plan for a career in this industry.
The skills include but are not limited to managing projects, effective communication, teamwork, engaging with clients and raising your awareness about interculturality and the social and cultural aspects that affect communication, using CAT tools, understanding User Interfaces (UI) of apps, websites etc. Invited speakers and professionals from the localisation industry will share their experience and expertise within the different areas of this expanding industry. This will give you valuable insight into career opportunities.
The content will challenge common understandings of language, culture, interculturality, localisation, project management, translation and the support from academics and people working in the industry will help you gain the skills needed to successfully work in the industry and related areas.
-awareness of the technical, socio-economic and ethical factors on localisation
-demonstrate the differences and similarities between localisation and translation
-develop an understanding of the localisation industry
gain knowledge of the structure and phases of a localisation process, including risk management and compliance with project specifications
-develop the ability to manage a localisation project and to critically assess its development
-demonstrate intercultural competences
-acquire technical skills for localisation of websites, apps etc. in different fields
-develop an understanding of the importance of communication processes, teamwork and project planning processes
Project Management for Localisation
Internship in Localisation
-undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent) or equivalent professional qualification
-official transcripts or your degree parchment that demonstrate that you have a minimum of an honours degree, in any discipline (NFQ level 8 or equivalent)
-letter of motivation
-two academic references
-confirmation of language competence*
*Applicants must demonstrate a high language competence (C1/C2) in two languages normally by showing that they have completed a tertiary degree through them or by supplying results from internationally recognised proficiency tests. Derogations for minority languages for which such tests do not exist will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please go here to see official UCD minimum English language requirements.
The following entry routes are available:
Grad Dip Localisation FT (Z363) Full Time
* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised
Mode of delivery: Blended
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Careers & Employability
The aim of the course is to prepare students for a career in the growing and multifaceted localization industry in Ireland and abroad.
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in localization go on to work for a wide range of smaller and larger companies in the IT, gaming and marketing sector both as self-employed and/or employees in various roles (Localisor, Project Manager, etc.).