CIUTI (Conférence internationale des Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et d’Interprètes) brings together the world’s best translation and interpreting schools and universities. ISIT has been a member since 1981.
FIT (International Federation of Translators) unites national professional associations.
The International Association of Conference Interpreters brings together more than 3,000 professionals from around the world. Most of the interpreters who teach at ISIT, and members of the jury, belong to the AIIC.
UNESCO, NATO and the UN actively seek out ISIT graduates. Only the best-trained professionals are prepared to meet their selective criteria—and pass their highly competitive entrance exams. In 2010, ISIT signed a memorandum of understanding with the UN to give ISIT students easier access to pursuing language careers at the United Nations. This was renewed in 2012 and 2014. A similiar partnership was signed in 2014 with the U.S. Department of State.
International academic network
A worldwide network of universities offers programs in line with ISIT’s curriculum.
- 35 CIUTI universities
- 53 universities with Erasmus+ agreements and 11 universities with reciprocal exchange agreements for students and teachers
ISIT never stops growing its network, and adds new agreements every year. Students and teachers benefit from an ever-expanding choice of exchange opportunities (ERASMUS+).
Members of the European Commission DG Interpretation (SCIC) and the DG Translation, the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice are involved in ISIT programs. In 2013, ISIT signed a memorandum of collaboration with the European Parliament. European institutions also award scholarships to students in interpreting, and European organizations recruit a number of ISIT students and graduates for internships and jobs.
The European mobility program in Specialized Translation (METS) consortium brings together 12 European universities and schools, including ISIT. This exchange program offers student translators a year of professional intercultural specialization. Each year, around 50 selected students complete the program and are granted a master’s degree by the members of the consortium.
Created in 2009, UNITI (University Network of Interpreter Training Institutes) develops teaching exchanges and research opportunities for conference interpreting professionals. In addition to ISIT, UNITI includes the Charles University in Prague, Cologne University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule Köln), Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, the University of Leuven in Antwerp and the University of Bologna in Forli.
The European Association of Legal Translators and Interpreters (EULITA) was founded in 2009 under the Criminal Justice Committee of the European Commission’s DG Justice.
The European Master’s in Translation (EMT) is a partnership project between the European Commission and institutions of higher education that offers master’s or equivalent degrees in translation.
ISIT joined the European Masters in Conference Interpreting in 2014. EMCI is supported by the European Commission and European Parliament.
ISIT has developed a number of strategic partnerships with institutions in France, including ministries and Chambers of Commerce and Industry. As a member of networks with global reach, ISIT is well-positioned to help students pursue a successful international career.
International Chambers of Commerce
ISIT has partnered with many international chambers of commerce, including the American Chamber of Commerce in France (AMCHAM), the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in France (COCEF) and the German and Italian Chambers of Commerce.
French Foreign Trade Advisors
The National Committee of French Foreign Trade Advisors (CNCCEF) is a unique network made up of more than 4,000 men and women chosen for their international skills and experience. As speakers at ISIT conferences, they bring valuable experience to help students grasp the realities of working in international companies and develop a consistent career vision.
French ministries, embassies and institutions
Government agencies and institutions are important contributors when it comes to establishing ISIT’s education programs abroad. Professional experience in French embassies throughout the world and in different French ministries, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Higher Education and Defense, fits perfectly with an intercultural ISIT education.
ISIT is a member of Campus France, whose mission is to promote French higher education programs across the globe and help international students enter higher education programs in France.