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Y.Cao

Yiou Cao

"Selecting University of Surrey for my MA Interpreting (Chinese Pathway) is one of the best choices I have ever made!"

"I graduated from Shanxi Medical University in China with a BA in Medicine and English. When applying for the interpreting programme, I did my research of all the universities in the UK that provide such programme, and University of Surrey caught my eye because of its thorough curriculum covering Simultaneous Interpreting, Consecutive Interpreting, Specialist translation, and even Computer-Assisted Translation that can equip students with all the cutting-hedge technologies to become competent professional interpreters in the future.

I had a placement while studying at the University of Surrey and worked as an intern at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), where I had opportunities to practice simultaneous interpreting in a series of UN-standard conferences for a week. The main highlight of being a part of these international conferences is that I can practice and test my interpreting skills in such a realistic environment and get opportunities to be instructed by experienced interpreters working at the IMO. This has complemented what I have learnt from classroom teaching. Another benefit of having internship at IMO is that I got opportunities to meet up with many top-level officials from all over the world, understanding their ways of speaking and working in such a prestigious international organisation and got to know many related terminologies and regulations, etc. I really appreciate being given the chance to carry out such valuable work which not only helps to improve my interpreting performance, but also my personal development.

The internship at IMO was totally new for me, as we cannot get such chances within China. We learned highly specialist knowledge in the maritime field and improved our practical interpreting skills acquired at the University of Surrey. For example, we know more about how to deal with stress-related problems before the assignments and how to manage practicalities during our interpreting, such as how to switch microphones with partners.

"This internship makes me become more confident that the choice of interpreting as my future career is absolutely right and it has made me become more employable as well."

We have also learnt a number of international agreements as well as getting to know the situations of some remote countries and regions, which are truly beneficial for my future career. This internship makes me become more confident that the choice of interpreting as my future career is absolutely right and it has made me become more employable as well.

Selecting University of Surrey for my MA Interpreting (Chinese Pathway) is one of the best choices I have ever made!"

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