GILT: Globalization, Internationalization, Localization, and Translation
Our department's cutting-edge Localization program combines language, culture, and technology to prepare students for work in the language services industry. Localization and translation is the fourth fastest-growing industry in the United States, and is a $55 billion business around the world set to grow 2-3% annually, even in these times of global recession.
Localization translates and adapts language, texts, products, software, and websites to a target culture. Our students learn in a collaborative work environment with hands-on training in computer-assisted translation, for ultimate career preparedness.
In the second semester of Localization and Translation, students work with an international software partner, KantanMT, to build machine translation (MT) engines in their language pair, and test their engines against international products such as Google Translate. Students learn concepts of "big language data" collection and processing, as well as MT engine tuning across multiple languages and domains - key skills for future employment. In the second half of the class, Localization students build AI models using these same language data for natural language understanding tasks.
Graduates of our Localization and Translation program can apply for a Master of Arts in Translation and Localization Management at our partner university, Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, the premier graduate institute in the nation for Localization. They offer substantial scholarships to our graduates who are accepted into their program.
*A certificate option is available for graduate students, non-degree seeking students, and students whose units do not allow minors.