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Translation and Localization Services

Western European Languages $0.18 - .25 / translated word
Slavic, Nordic, and Eastern European Languages $0.18 - .25 / translated word
Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic and Hebrew $0.19 - .35 / translated word
Lesser-known Languages $0.23 - .43 / translated word

Minimum Fee $90
Notarization $10
University Certification no charge
UPS Overnight Shipping  $20 Massachusetts, $30 all other U.S. destinations

The minimum fee and all translation fees include translation, light formatting, and revision. In addition, a project manager oversees the entire process. Our translations are as close to original as possible in style, layout, and format. 

There is a 20% surcharge for handwritten, technical, legal, literary, medical, and multilingual documents as they usually require specialized knowledge.

Rush Service Fee: A 20% surcharge is applied to any projects needed before our standard delivery time. This fee is waived for Covid-19-related material.

Related Services

Word Processing in languages other than English $30 / hour of service
Project Management, Page Layout, Formatting, Editing  $40 - 60 / hour
Proofreading $.07 - .20 / word
Photocopying, Printing, Scanning $0.10 - 1.00 / page
Miscellaneous Supplies $1 - 50
Additional Copies (two copies are provided) $10 (includes shipping and handling)

Interpreting Services

All Languages

$60 per hour (two-hour minimum) for in-person service (All interpreting services cancelled less than 24 hours before the scheduled meeting with be charged in full)


Travel Mileage Current IRS Rates Apply
Travel Time $20 / hour

Remote Interpreting

      VRI (video remote interpreting via Zoom, Skype, or other platform)

      ARI (audio remote interpreting)

      OPI (over-the-phone interpreting)

      Modes = RSI (remote simultaneous interpreting) or Consecutive interpreting

$90 for the first hour and $45 for each additional hour, charged in 15-minute increments
Conference Interpreting

$350-500 half day*
$600-1,000 full day*
*Depending upon subject matter and languages

Interpreting Equipment (transmitters and headsets)

$125 and up, off-campus venues

$100 and up, UMASS venues

Workshops and Training

Workshops $90 and up


Consultation $90 and up

Multimedia Translation

English-to-English Transcription $40 / hour of service
Transcription of Other Language Combinations $50 / hour of service
Audio and Video Translation and Narration $60 / hour of service plus translation rate
(three-hour minimum)
Subtitling and Dubbing $2,000 - 2,500 for each hour of video

Set-up Fee

Set-up - Some projects require additional support and involvment from project managers. Variable


Request an Estimate

There is no charge for an estimate. To receive an estimate, send an email to with a description of your project and any other details that you think will be helpful. You can provide an attachment including a sample of the content. You can also call us at 413-545-2203. 

Call us at 413-545-2203 for short-notice interpreting services.

For projects with multiple components, please send us a description of the job and sample files if available. One of our project managers will assess it and contact you directly. Taking the time to discuss your project and goals can often save you money by solving technical and workflow issues before they emerge.

Our turn-around time for translation projects is usually five business days for a file of up to five pages. The time to complete longer documents can vary based on length and complexity.

Make a Payment

We accept Visa and Mastercard. To pay with credit card, please have your invoice available and visit the PAY INVOICE section of our website, call us at 413-545-2203, or visit the Center during regular business hours.

To pay with check, deliver or send your payment to:

The Translation Center

129 Herter Hall, University of Massachusetts

Amherst, MA 01003

If paying with cash, please provide the exact amount.

Thank you for choosing us! We truly appreciate your business! The Translation Center is unlike other language service providers in that we are a non-profit organization. All proceeds are used to support faculty, students, and university activities related to translation, language, and cross-cultural understanding.