Center for Interpretation and Translation Studies (CITS) was established in 1988 at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa within the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature. The Center's primary goal is to provide basic training in translation and interpretation. Emphasis is on the sociolinguistic and communication skills and techniques needed to facilitate cultural, scientific, and technical exchanges in cross-cultural and multinational settings. These can be used at international conferences, as well as medical, legal and social service settings. Given our commitment to the community, a number of CITS courses are made available to non-UHM students through Outreach College. Generic courses are conducted in English and any language speaker is welcome. Language-specific courses may require proof of language proficiency before enrollment. Currently, interested students can receive a BA in Translation and/or Interpretation through Interdisciplinary Studies.

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Those interested in high-level interpretation skills and who are not in pursuit of a degree can choose to take our language-specific Summer Intensive Interpreter Training (SIIT) program. This program is offered every two years. Candidates are required to pass a screening test to determine the language level. International students need only a travel visa for this program. Only 10 participants per language, first come first serve. Click HERE for more info


Spring 2019 TI COURSES 

TI 406  Community Interpreting  (E-focus)  (ALL ISLANDS)
M        4:25-6:45pm             S. Zeng  (KUY 204)

TI 408  Medical Interpreting   (ALL ISLANDS)
W        4:25-6:45pm             S. Zeng  (KUY 204)

TI 425 Japanese to English Translation  (WI-focus)  (Oahu only)
MWF        9:30-10:20am             Yumiko Tateyma     

SPN 605  Spanish Translation Studies
T      3:00-5:30pm                   L. Aranda (Moore 151)

FR 661 Advanced French-English Translation  
Th      2:30-5:00pm                N. Segeral  (Moore 253)

FIL 435 Filipino Translation Techniques
T    3:00-5:30pm                    P. Arboleda (WEB 102)

SPN 305 Introduction to Spanish-English Translation
MWF 1:30-2:20pm                J.L. Castillo-Flores (Moore 226)
CITS Programs

UNDERGRADUATE BA DEGREE: Interdisciplinary Studies

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa offers an undergraduate degree in Interpretation and/or Translation through Interdisciplinary Studies.  See our Programs page for more information.    


Take our classes to prepare you for Interpreting in the community--medical settings, legal settings and social services settings. Check out our list of courses!

CITS is a registered certification exam center for the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI). Participants are eligible to take this exam upon completing a preparation course, such as those offered at CITS. More details about the certification exam can be found on the NBCMI website.
In Memory of Dr. Etilvia Arjona-Tseng: On September 13, 2018, former Director of CITS, Dr. Etilvia Arjona-Tseng passed away in Panama City, Panama. She was 79. We honor her legacy with a beautiful Tribute written by a mentee, colleague and friend...(Tribute)