Hochschule Fresenius

Sign Language Interpreting (M.A.)

Sign Language Interpreting (M.A.)

Germany’s only part-time Master’s in German sign language interpreting Already proficient in German sign language and want to use it in a professional context? Would you like to ensuring smooth communication between hearing and deaf people? Then apply to part-time Master’s study program in sign language interpreting.

Short profile

Program duration: 5 semesters
Program start: Summer semester
Degree: Master of Arts
Language: German
Credits: 120 ECTS credits
Monthly fees: 349 €

The study program is recognized and accredited by the state.

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  • Practical teaching
  • Experienced professionals and deaf tutors
  • Market- and demand-oriented education
  • Personal learning atmosphere
  • Opportunities for further qualifications
  • Practical teaching
  • Experienced professionals and deaf tutors
  • Market- and demand-oriented education
  • Personal learning atmosphere
  • Opportunities for further qualifications

Degree course content

Launched in 2011, the part-time and consecutive Master’s program for sign language interpreters lasts for five semesters. 

This academic yet practical study program deliberately focuses on training from experienced, hearing professionals and deaf tutors.

In the first two semesters, students expand their knowledge of DGS and study the underlying theories, techniques, and strategies of interpreting. The focus is also on the linguistic structure of DGS and how it is used in translation and interpreting.

  • German sign language
  • Interpreting
  • Sign language linguistics
  • Lexicology, syntax, and morphosyntax

In the third and fourth semesters, students deepen their knowledge of linguistics and interpreting techniques. Sociopolitical conditions for deaf people form the second thematic focal area.

 

  • Interpreting and voices
  • Pragmatics and textual linguistics
  • History and culture
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Internship

In the fifth semester, students prepare for and complete their Master’s assessment. A Master’s thesis proves their academic and linguistic expertise in sign language, while another practical assessment demonstrates their interpreting skills.

The study program concludes after five semesters with 120 credit points and the title of “Master of Arts”.

Majors

  • Interpreting
  • German sign language (contrastive)
  • History and culture
  • Internship
  • Master’s thesis

Contact hours

Seminars take place on the weekend (Friday & Saturday) at the Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences location in Frankfurt. These weekends generally start on Friday at 11:30 and end on Saturday at 16:30.

Block weeks take place at Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences in Idstein.

Block weeks generally start on Monday at 9:45 and end on Saturday at 16:30. Eight hours of teaching are planned on each teaching day.

Advanced education

Students seeking advanced education can also attend individual modules, which are calculated at 167€ per credit point. 

Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences has a very good network with other sign language institutions, and will be happy to help you make contact.
If you have any questions, please contact program director Professor Carla Wegener at wegener@hs-fresenius.de.

Admission requirements

The Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences study program in Sign Language Interpreting is a consecutive Master’s program. Applicants must have completed at least a Bachelor’s degree of 180 credit points and have at least B2-level proficiency in German sign language (Council for Europe: European reference framework for languages). 

Aptitude for the program is established via an individual admissions test consisting of three parts: 

  • Freely communicating with deaf people
  • Translating spoken German into DGS
  • Translating DGS into spoken German

Please note: Once a year, Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences holds a summer sign language academy. Anyone interested (both beginners and advanced) can attend DGS courses of various levels, take part in interpreting and translation exercises, and find out more about deaf culture and history and the latest developments in sign language research.

Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences also offers DGS courses that can be used to prepare for the study program. Courses of various levels are also offered in the afternoons and evenings as required.