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Multilingual and intercultural since 1957

ISIT’s history is closely tied to the development of the European community.

A brief history of ISIT

1957: ISIT is founded, the same year as the signing of the Treaty of Rome, with a mission to train professionals capable of bridging cultural divides in a new international context.

1981: ISIT joins the Conférence Internationale des Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et d’Interprètes (CIUTI), which brings together the world’s most prestigious translation and interpretation programs.

2005: ISIT joins the Fédération d’Ecoles Supérieures d’Ingénieurs et de Cadres (FESIC), which includes 27 engineering and management schools.

2006: ISIT degrees are granted graduate level status by the French government.

2008: ISIT highlights graduates working in the fields of intercultural communication and management.

2009: ISIT joins the European Master’s in Translation (EMT) network, a quality label created by the European Commission.

2010: ISIT and the United Nations (UN) sign a memorandum of understanding to promote access to language careers in the UN. ISIT joins the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE). The school signs a protocol to become a part of the Banque d’épreuves littéraires (BEL) for the Ecoles Normales Supérieures, which are among France’s top-tier schools.

2011: ISIT launches the first “Bridge to International Success,” Cordée HORIZONS. The school establishes a dual-degree program with the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). ISIT teams up with HEDAC (Haute Ecole d’avocats de la Cour d’appel de Versailles) to set up a specific training program for intercultural legal communication.

2013: ISIT receives the French government’s stamp of approval for another 5 years. ISIT and the European Parliament sign a memorandum of cooperation.  

2014: ISIT is accepted into the European Masters in Conference Interpreting (EMCI) consortium for its degree in Conference Interpretation. ISIT and the U.S. Department of State sign a memorandum of cooperation.