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Translation Center

The Translation Center provides a full range of translation and interpretation services for students, staff, faculty, and members of the community.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has many scholars with diverse language and cross-cultural communication skills. The Center locates translators with expertise in the field in question, whether it is business, law, medicine, science, computers, politics or literature. Services include translation into over fifty languages, simultaneous and consecutive interpretation, multilingual wordprocessing and design, summaries of foreign language articles, tours, and workshops on international communication.

Documents translated include diplomas, transcripts, letters, faxes, medical records, operation manuals, newspaper articles, government documents, videos, academic essays, and books. Translation services are provided to businesses, hospitals, social service organizations, law firms, media services, governments, and courts, as well as educational institutions. Fees for translation services are $0.15-.20 per word for West European languages; $0.17-.22 per word for Slavic and Nordic languages; $0.19-.24 per word for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, and Hebrew; and $0.25-.43 per word for lesser-known languages. Fees for interpretation services are $40-$100 per hour (with a two-hour minimum) for all languages. There are surcharges for technical texts, lesser known languages, advertisements, graphic design, camera-ready copy, and rush service.

For more information, contact Edwin Gentzler, Director, The Translation Center, 19 Herter Hall, tel. (413) 545-2203; fax: (413) 577-3400; email:; URL: www.umassedu/transcen/.