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CAS in Humanitarian Interpreting

InZone's Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Humanitarian Interpreting is designed for field interpreters, interpreters working for humanitarian organizations, and members of the diaspora hoping to utilize their language and cultural skills.

Building off InZone's decade of experience training interpreters - many of whom work with less widely used languages - this course trains and certifies interpreters with experience in the field so that they can provide better interpretation in conflict and post-conflict settings.

Certification and training increase mobility from one organization to another and expand the pool of professional talent for humanitarian organizations that rely on quality communication to implement programmes in the field. They also provide the grounding that refugee interpreters need to build a new career when resettled in a foreign country and rejoining the diaspora communities. 

The CAS is a continuing education course delivered 100% online in partnership with DisasterReady.org using InZone's proven virtual learning environment, which is available in a standard desktop and mobile version. The course is accredited by the University of Geneva's Continuing Education Service and builds on the InZone Basic Course, offered in a blended format since 2009.

Course description and learning outcomes

The program comprises the following modules:

  • Interpreting Skills
  • Interpreting Ethics
  • Core skills for humanitarian interpreters
  • International humanitarian law for humanitarian interpreters
  • A specific module relevant to the organization(s) you work for (ICRC, UNHCR, UN, MSF, etc.)

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand complex speeches, take notes and deliver a consecutive interpretation
  • Identify and manage challenges related to professional ethics while interpreting
  • Understand humanitarian contexts and apply humanitarian principles
  • Develop collaborative relationships, demonstrate leadership in humanitarian response and achieve results
  • Understand the basic ideas of international humanitarian law and its application to interpreting and ethics
  • Understand how various humanitarian organizations work

Content is provided by InZone and InZone’s partner organizations, including DisasterReady.org, the ICRC and UNHCR.

Course load: 11 ECTS (approximately 275 - 325 student learning hours)


Course dates
September 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

3,200 CHF

Admissions criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience
  • Necessary technological skills for an online course
  • B2/C1 level in English and your other working language (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages; click here for a self-assessment)

A short phone interview may be required to verify language proficiency.

Application deadline
July 31, 2015

For further information and a link to apply, please visit the website of the University of Geneva's Continuing Education Service.

For any other questions, please feel free to contact us at inzone@unige.ch.

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