For the Academic Year 2019-2020, the CITS will be on a hiatus, pending reorganization.

To understand the history of the Center, please read below:

The 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

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.    

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)