Level of education: Master programme

Type of instruction: Full-time

Duration: 2 years

Language of instruction: Russian



  • Translation and interpreting in various subject areas

Main academic courses

  • Current Issues in Modern Translatology
  • Introduction to Theory of Interpreting
  • History of Linguistics and Methods of Linguistic Research
  • Fundamentals of Contrastive Linguistics
  • Translation in Various Fields (Economics, Politics, Law, Medicine)
  • Listening Comprehension and Translation of Media
  • Public Speaking and Translation
  • Stylistic Analysis of Original and Translated Text
  • Translation (from German into Russian and from Russian into German)
  • Literary Translation
  • Different Types of Interpreting (Consecutive, Liaison, Simultaneous)
  • Modern (Computer) Methods of Translation
  • Translation Practicum

Our advantages

  • This programme, on the one hand, supports the continuity of traditions in the teaching of translation disciplines. On the other hand, it uses the cutting-edge teaching methods and technical means and provides an in-depth study of a wide range of translation and interpreting activities that are in demand in the modern market of translation services.
  • The programme has been designed taking into account the experience of leading European German-speaking institutes and universities involved in the training of translator and interpreters, such as: the University of Vienna; the University of Graz; Heidelberg University; Sprachen & Dolmetscher Institut München; and others.
  • The programme is unique in that it has no analogues in training programmes for universal translators/interpreters with knowledge of German in St Petersburg and the Northwestern region of the Russian Federation, who are in demand on the translation services market.
  • Highly qualified teaching staff for various types of translation and interpreting mainly consist of practicing translators/interpreters.
  • The programme is taught in two working languages: German (mainly) and Russian (as a translation pair language German – Russian – German.
  • The advanced level of training and implementation of the programme provides international mobility and academic recognition of the high professional competences of students in Germany and other German-speaking countries.
  • Close partnerships with leading translator training centres in Germany and Austria provide students with a unique opportunity to take part: in international academic mobility programmes as part of St Petersburg University inter-university agreements; and in the scholarship programmes of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). As a result, graduates will be in demand in the labour market.
  • Extensive contacts with employers provide efficient internships and consulting support for graduation projects in: leading language and cultural centres of Germany; joint Russian–German enterprises; and translation departments of Russian companies.
  • Advanced technologies and teaching methods are used in the training process; the achievements of Russian and German teaching methods and didactics in higher education are taken into account.
  • German visiting lecturers and professors are involved in the programme implementation. International relations
  • BDÜ (Federal Association of Interpreters and Translators of Germany)
  • Sprachen & Dolmetscher Institut München

Main areas of research

  • Analysis of existing translations of literary works
  • Features of the main types of translation activities
  • Features of the translation of texts from various functional and style systems: media, advertising, scientific texts, and others
  • Comparative study of linguistic phenomena at different levels based on German and Russian, as well as English
  • Key strategies and techniques for translation and interpreting
  • Modern innovative translation methods



Training involves research and translation practice, for example, in the format of volunteer activities in such organisations as:

  • Collective of Charity Organisations "Perspectives"
  • Goethe German Cultural Centre in St Petersburg
  • PJSC Kirovsky Zavod
  • Social Translation Centre of St Petersburg University
  • Representative office of the state-owned economic development agency NRW.INVEST in St Petersburg
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. (KAS; Konrad Adenauer Foundation)
  • The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
  • The German Russian Meeting Centre drb
  • The Petersburg Dialogue


  • Interpreter in international organisations and institutions
  • Adviser-interpreter in the translation department of companies
  • Consultant with knowledge of foreign languages
  • Tour guide and interpreter
  • Translator in editorial office or publishing house
  • Teacher of translation disciplines in universities
  • Freelance interpreter and translator

Interested in this programme — set up your personal account to proceed with your application.