Since 2011, IALT has cooperated with the Chilean Universidad de Concepción in an International Study and Training Partnership funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The programme, whose focus is on translator and interpreter training, was initiated by Professor Carsten Sinner and Professor Ginette Castro. It allows for the regular exchange of students and staff enrolled resp. teaching in the translatological programmes of IALT and the Departamento de Idiomas Extranjeros at the Universidad de Concepción.

Generally, IALT awards up to three scholarships for a study visit in the field of translation/interpretation beginning from August 1 until July 31 of the following year (which is the equivalent of a Chilean summer and winter semester). As an exception, there may be semester scholarships in some years. The funding includes the following benefits:

  • Exemption from the tuition fees at the host university
  • Travel allowance (2023/2024: 1,425 Euros)
  • Scholarship for 12 months (2023/2024: 1,150 Euros per month)
  • Health insurance: (2023/2024: 35 Euros per month)

The call for applications is usually published between November and January. The decision on scholarship recipients is made by February. Information on the call for applications is made available on the IALT website, through posters, in classes or information sessions.

The credits that you earn while studying in Chile will fully count towards your credit points at IALT.

In order to be eligible for a scholarship, you must fulfill the following conditions:

  • Have German citizenship or an equivalent according to article 8, section 1, clause 2 ff. as well as section 2, section 2a, and section 3 of the German Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG)
  • For non-German students: be enrolled in one of IALT’s programmes with the goal of graduating from the University of Leipzig
  • Be a full-time student in the BA Translation (from the third semester at the time of applying), MA Translatology, or MA Conference Interpreting programme.
  • Have an above average academic qualification (in the top 25% percent)
  • Be personally suited and fit to go abroad.

The following documents must be submitted:

  • A scanned copy of your university ID
  • A short letter of motivation in German and Spanish
  • A CV in table form
  • An excerpt from the LSF portal/AlmaWeb showing all completed modules and marks
  • For students who have completed their bachelor: degree certificate and transcript of records

In the other direction of the exchange, the Universidad de Concepción sends several students per year to study at IALT for a year, or – as an exception – for a semester.

For questions, please contact Professor Carsten Sinner (German profile link) and Julia Orthey-Hertsch (German profile link). Advice on this programme is not available by e-mail.

Scholarship recipients are selected from the applicant pool by a commission under headed by Professor Carsten Sinner.

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