What is the programme
The programme has the following four components with each offering a number of
academic units (AUs) for students to fulfil a total of 40 required AUs:
• Core Courses (12 AUs)
• Immersion Courses (12 AUs)
• Elective Courses (8 AUs)
• Dissertation or Capstone Project (8 AUs)
How practical are the skills
acquired from the courses?
The MTI Programme is designed
with a focus on training students to gain professional skills of a translator
or interpreter and abilities in conducting research in translation studies.
Therefore, the students are supposed to be willing to and prepared for different
kinds of in-class practical training and after-class assignments that require
both individual and group work.
What is the frequency and
duration of classes?
is one session for one course per week and each session lasts for 3 hours. A
typical MTI class schedule is as follows:
Weekday evenings (7:00 pm – 10:00
mornings (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
afternoons (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
So if a
student takes 2 courses per semester, he/she will attend classes twice a week
for a total of 6 hours.
What is the nature of the
classes? Lecture-based, discussion-based, or assignment-based?
Most of the courses are offered with a combination of lectures, tutorials,
practice, and discussions. Course instructors will make the necessary
adjustments to the proportions of the components based on the overall course
Where will the classes be
Classes are conducted on the NTU campus.
How big is the class size?
The class size can between 15 and 40 students depending on the type of a
What is the medium of
instruction for the courses?
The courses will be conducted in both Chinese and English.
What is the mode of assessment?
Except for TI6001 and TI6103, the rest of the courses have no final
examinations. Continuous assessment is applied to the all the courses. Typical
assessment components include in-class exercises, tests, assignments, individual
or team projects, and project presentations.
Is there a requirement for
Class attendance is compulsory. Students must provide proof or sound reasons
for being absent from a class. All students are required to maintain a minimum
of 75% attendance in order to be allowed to take the final examination or
complete the course.
10. What is the maximum
and minimum number of courses a student can take in a semester?
The maximum is four courses in each semester. To complete the programme in 1.5
years, a student needs to take the maximum number of courses per
11. What happens if a
student, for one reason or another, cannot pass his/her examination? Will
there be a second attempt given before retaking the subject?
Students will be assessed for each course with a course grade. The instructor
of the course decides what format will be used to assess the students. If a
student receives a grade lower than C, he/she will not receive the AUs
from the course. If it is a core course, the student then needs to retake the
course. If it is an elective course, the student can choose to either retake
it or take another one to fulfil the AU requirement for graduation.
What is the minimum and maximum
duration for a student to complete the programme?
duration is 1.5 academic years, while the maximum candidature is 2.5
During the minimum
candidature of 1.5 years, students will have one AY Semester 1 (August -
December), two AY Semester 2 (January - May), and two Special Terms (May -
July) to complete all the required courses and a dissertation or a capstone
During the maximum
candidature of 2.5 years, students will have two AY Semester 1 (August -
December), three AY Semester 2 (January - May), and four Special Terms (May -
July) to complete all the required courses and a dissertation or a capstone
13. What is Dissertation? What is
Capstone Project? How long is the write-up required?
Students are required to complete either a dissertation or a capstone project
as their last component for graduation from the programme.
is an original research paper in an area of research in translation or
interpretation studies. The paper must be written in English with a limit of
project is a final project for graduation. Students who choose to conduct a
capstone project are required to conduct translation or interpretation within
8,000 to 10,000 words depending on the type plus writing a commentary.
conduct the work under the supervision of a MTI faculty member.
14. Can a student transfer his/her
credit or receive course exemptions?
Students may receive exemptions, subject to the approval of the MTI
Programme Director if they meet the following conditions:
a. All MTI
students are entitled to up to three course exemptions with a maximum of 6
Academic Units (6 AUs), provided that the grade received for each course is at
least 70 (B+).
b. The courses
requested for exemption must be all MTI electives. To apply for one course
exemption, it can be either a 1-AU, 2-AU, or 3-AU course. To apply for two or
three course exemptions, one of them must be a 1-AU course (TI6110, TI6111, or
exemption is only offered ONCE. Applications must be submitted to the MTI Programme
Office in the first teaching week of the programme for each intake.
d. Whether a
course credit earned is qualified for course exemption, it will be reviewed and
considered with certain conditions on a case-by-case basis, especially if
credits are earned from other universities.
e. The AUs
earned for course exemption are valid for 3 years from the time credits are
What is the duration of the overseas
immersion programme, and in which season of the year does it take place?
The overseas immersion programme in a Chinese or English country or region (e.g.,
China, Taiwan, Australia, UK, USA, or Canada, depending on the year of
enrolment) lasts 6 weeks, beginning in late May or early June.
Students are given the option to attend the overseas programme for 3 weeks
under the condition that they can attend the local immersion courses in
What are the expected activities
for the overseas immersion programme?
During the 6-week intensive overseas immersion programme, students are required
to attend all the courses offered to the MTI students, participate in the
seminars and other extra curriculum activities to further enhance their
translation and interpretation skills as well as their cultural awareness through
If I am unable to participate
in the overseas immersion programme, will there be other arrangements
The MTI Programme currently does not provide optional arrangements. However, if
for some reason a student is unable to go abroad to take the overseas immersion
programme in his or her registered academic year, an application for delaying
his or her immersion programme to the following year can be submitted to the
MTI Programme Office for approval. Certain extra fees may apply for the
processing such cases.
Awarding of the MTI degree
Which institution will confer
the degree of Master of Arts in Translation and Interpretation?
The Master’s degree will be conferred by Nanyang
Technological University (NTU). Students will also be issued a certificate from
Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) if they satisfy all the requirements for
the immersion programme.
Is there an age limit for
application to the programme?
No, there is no age limit for admission. All applicants are welcome as long as
they meet the requirements for application.
What are the requirements for
the language proficiency for local applicants?
The English Language:
• A good pass in GCE ‘A’ Level General Paper, or equivalent
The Chinese Language:
• A good pass in GCE ‘O’ Level CL1, or Higher Chinese, or equivalent
Are English and Chinese
Proficiency Tests, such as IELTS, TOEFL iBT and/or HSK Level 6 required?
IELTS or TOFEL
iBT is required if the applicant graduated from a university with non-English
medium of instruction. HSK Level 6 is required if the applicant graduated from
universities with non-Chinese medium of instruction.
The proficiency test
certificate must be within its valid period at the time when the application is
What kind of ideal candidates
are you looking for?
Candidates who have a good attitude and the willingness to learn, good academic
performance in previous studies, past translation and interpretation
experiences, and well-balanced capabilities in speaking and writing English and
Chinese. Other relevant credentials will be taken into consideration as well.
I am neither a Singaporean nor
a Permanent Resident. Can I apply for the course?
Yes. This programme accepts both local and international students.
How can I apply for the MTI Programme?
Applications are to be submitted online. You may
find out more by clicking the Admission tab in the navigation bar.
What are the admission
Admission to the MTI Programme will be based on a candidate’s
prior academic record, professional experience, and language proficiency. All
short-listed applicants are required to take a self-monitored screening test,
comprising two translation tasks and two oral assessments in Chinese and
English and submit their answers by the deadline given. The final selection of
candidates will be determined based on the results of the screening test and
the review of their application.
Is there an intake quota for the
MTI Programme? If yes, what is the number per intake?
For the 2022 intake, an estimated number of
35 applicants will be accepted.
Will there be a briefing or an
information session during the application period for the programme?
The MTI Programme Office will arrange 2-3 information sessions each year. In addition,
throughout the year the Programme Office welcomes
enquiries via email and/or phone.
10. Can I apply for graduate
housing in NTU if I am accepted for the programme?
Yes, you can submit your housing
application after accepting the offer. For more information, please contact the
Office of Housing & Auxiliary Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fees, Payment and Subsidies
Do I have to make full payment
of the tuition fees all at once upon registration?
No, you don’t have to. The tuition fees is to
be paid in two tranches within the 1st year of your candidature.
Are the tuition fees valid for
the whole programme as long as I can complete my study within the maximum
period of 2.5 years?
Yes. The tuition fees are valid for the entire programme including
the tuition fees for the immersion programme. However,
the miscellaneous fees payable to the University will differ depending on the
candidature period opted.
Is it possible to pay for the
tuition fees by instalment?
The tuition fees are set to be paid within the first month of each
semester. Other types of payments are not considered. You may contact local
banks for instalment plans.
Can I apply for tuition loan to
pay for the tuition fees?
There is no tuition loan offered by the University. However, if students
consider borrowing loans from banks or from other institutions by themselves,
the MTI Programme Office may issue an official letter upon request to state
their candidature status.
Can I use my CPF to pay for the
This is beyond the arrangement of the MTI Programme. However, same
as tuition loan cases, if students consider exploring the possibilities by
themselves of using their CPF to pay the tuition fees, the MTI Programme Office
may issue an official letter upon request to state their candidature status.
Can I use my SkillsFuture
Credit to cover part of the tuition fee?
Yes, you can claim your SkillsFuture Credits at the mySkillsFuture
website to offset part of the tuition fees of the
MTI Programme. If you would like to make a claim, please approach the MTI
Programme Office at least 1 month before the start of each semester to inquire.
What is the estimated total
cost to attend the overseas immersion?
The tuition fees for the overseas immersion programme is already
included in the tuition fees you pay for attending the MTI Programme, so you do
not need to pay any extra tuition fees.
will need to pay by yourself the following costs:
• a return air
• a room in a hotel
in the city where the immersion courses are offered
• three meals
miscellaneous fees, such as internet fees, a student pass, a library card, etc.
8. Can I arrange for my own
accommodation for the overseas immersion programme instead of choosing the
Students may make alternative arrangements by themselves for their
accommodation during the immersion period but we highly encourage them to
accept the accommodation recommended by the MTI Programme Office.
What about air ticketing
Students are required to make the purchase of air tickets by
I am currently holding a
Dependant’s Pass (DP)/Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP), can I apply for the
Yes, you can, but these two types of passes indicate that you are not a
Singaporean or a permanent resident of Singapore. In that case, you must apply
for a Student's Pass from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of
Singapore. This is because the MTI Programme is a full-time programme and all
full-time international students must hold a valid Student's Pass in order to
study in Singapore.
You need to do
the following if you are such a case:
a. Indicate your
intention on the remarks column when you submit the eForm via the ICA SOLAR
b. Write a letter
indicating your intention to use your DP/LTVP to study full-time in
Singapore, and submit the letter together with a copy of the eForm 16 and
your passport particulars page to ICA at the Student's Pass Unit, which is on
the 4th floor in the ICA building (next to Lavender MRT station) or sent to ICA
I am currently holding a S
Pass/Work Permit, can I apply for the programme?
Yes, you can, but you are not allowed to concurrently hold a S Pass/Work Permit
and a Student’s Pass in Singapore. You must seek permission from ICA prior to your
acceptance of the MTI’s offer.
If there is no permission from ICA, you will need to give up your S Pass or
Work Permit in order to apply for a Student’s Pass.
What do I have to do after
accepting MTI’s admission offe
The MTI Programme
Office will inform all international students to apply for the In-Principle
Approval (IPA) using the SOLAR application number sent to you upon acceptance
The IPA is a
one-time entry visa for you to enter Singapore. When you are in Singapore, you
will be required to do a health screening test and go through other admission proceedings.
The details will be stated in your offer letter.
If you are holding a Student’s Pass in
Singapore, are you allowed to work?
international graduate students planning
to take on part-time jobs are required to apply for a Letter of Endorsement
from the Student Affairs Office (SAO) under its Part-time Employment Scheme.
During a school term period, International Students
are allowed to work for a maximum of 16 hours per week. During a vacation
period, International Students are allowed to work for a maximum of 9 hours per
day or 44 hours per week.