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A language degree does not prepare you for a job as a translator, a fact unknown to graduates and their clients. Perhaps just as well, because many language graduates do become translators. The first translation concoctions are the result of blood, sweat and tears, but after a few years of experience most translators produce pretty decent translations and they may even enjoy their work.

We at Leiden's English Department believe that it is better for students to enter the translation profession with some preparation. This is why this minor offers you the opportunity to become acquainted with translation, in many respects an exciting and challenging discipline. A good translator needs thorough knowledge of at least two languages, with all their lexical and grammatical nuances. In addition, the translator has an intimate knowledge of the cultures that are inextricably connected to the source and target languages. In other words, translators are mediators between cultures. Finally, professional translators have been taught to reflect on what it means to do translation and to work as a translator. This means that they have a knowledge of translation strategies and procedures, that they have thought about what it means to do a "literal" or "free" translation, and that they are aware of ethical and practical issues. All of these aspects of translation are addressed in the English-to-Dutch-to-English translation minor.

NB: The minor translation offers two (extra) elective courses. These courses are open for all who are interested. These courses are: Multilingual to Dutch Translation and Multilingual to English Translation. If you wish to take one or both of these courses, you do not need to register for the minor. In this case, please contact the coordinator of studies.

Maximum amount of participants: 55

Study programme: 5000MENENN

Study activity number: 1050

Language: Dutch and English


LEI students 2 May to 15 July 2022

TUD and EUR students 2 May to 31 May 2022


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Eerste semester

Introduction to Translation Studies 10
English to Dutch Translation 5

Extra elective course

This elective course is open for all students

Multilingual to Dutch Translation 5

Tweede semester

Dutch to English Translation 5
Translating Cultures 10

Extra elective

This elective course is open for all students

Multilingual to English Translation 5


Sommige opleidingen hebben enkel een keuzeruimte van 15 studiepunten. In deze ruimte kunnen vakken van een minor gevolgd worden. Er zit een opbouw van niveau in een minor dus je kunt niet zomaar vakken kiezen. Elke minor biedt daarom ook een pakket van 15 studiepunten aan, de helft van de complete minor. Meer informatie hierover vind je in de Studiegids.

Op deze manier 15 studiepunten aan keuzeruimte invullen staat echter niet gelijk aan het volgen van een minor en mag ook niet zo genoemd worden.

Studenten die deze variant kiezen volgen:

  • English to Dutch Translation Course

  • Introduction to Translation Studies

Het staat je natuurlijk vrij om meer studiepunten te halen dan de verplichte 180 studiepunten die voor een bacheloropleiding staan, dat wil zeggen dat je wel een 30 studiepunten tellende minor kunt volgen als je bereid bent 15 studiepunten meer te halen dan je nodig hebt.

Meer informatie over de keuzeruimte en een persoonlijke invulling hiervan vind je op de pagina over Keuzeruimte.

More info


  • Extent: 30 ec

  • Intended for: students of all disciplines

  • Language of instruction: English and Dutch

  • Website: Minoren

  • Coordinator: Mr. drs. A.A. (Tony) Foster

  • Information: study advisor Inge Veldhuis-Cnossen

  • Board of Examiners: Engelse taal en cultuur

  • Registration:
    LEI students 2 May to 15 July 2022
    TUD and EUR students 2 May to 31 May 2022

Register for the minor activity via uSis.
Register separately for the courses via MyStudymap.

Follow-on master's programme

Students who have completed the minor Translation English-Dutch-English and the Bachelor English Language and Culture have direct access to the master Translation in Theory and Practice.


The courses in the minor are: Introduction to Translation Studies, English to Dutch Translation Course, Culture Studies for Translators, Dutch to English Translation Course.