The Social Translation Centre

The Centre brings together students of seven master's programmes. The University students act professionally as in a translation agency. Among them are a project manager, a translator, an editor, a terminographer, and a technical manager. How students work is supervised by the University academic staff.

In the Social Translation Centre at St Petersburg University, master’s students provide services in interpreting and translation as part of the translation practice to socially unprotected categories of citizens and non-profit organisations. The University students translate certificates, notices, extracts, medical reports, contractual and technical documentation, and business correspondence. All translations are reviewed by the University academic staff to guarantee high quality.

Today, the Social Translation Centre provides services in seven languages:

  • Russian
  • English
  • Spanish
  • German
  • French
  • Finnish
  • Hungarian

The Social Translation Centre has no rivals. There are several reasons. The Social Translation Centre is the first centre in Russia that provides free translation services to socially unprotected categories of citizens. Additionally, the Social Translation Centre also serves as a platform to implement a new educational technology for conducting translation practice. In other words, it functions as a non-profit organisation where the University students work with real-world customers. The combination of these two aspects ensures that students are well equipped for independent professional activity at a high level.

At the Social Translation Centre, students perform all roles to ensure a proper functioning of a translation company, including: the preparation and distribution of information materials; working with clients; processing and distribution of orders; creating and managing projects; and determining the types of work required in a project. Students perform the functions of a project leader, a technical manager, a translator, and an editor to name but a few.

How to apply to the Social Translation Centre?

You can apply in free form by sending an e-mail to perevod@spbu.ru. Make sure you have included the following information in your letter:

  • Full name
  • Representative of which charitable organisation you are / what category of socially disadvantaged citizens you belong to (if possible, provide relevant documents: a fund's business card, a student card, a certificate of disability)
  • What purposes you will use the translation for (for example, to submit documents to a hospital abroad)

If your application forms follow these requirements, your application will be processed in due course. 

You can visit us on Monday to Friday from 2pm to 6pm at Office 7, 5 Mendeleevskaya Line, St Petersburg.