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Hong Kong Baptist University

JS2026

Bachelor of Arts in Translation 翻譯學文學士

BA(TRAN)

Short Description

The Faculty of Arts uses a hybrid admissions model. Students may apply for admission to the Broad-based Programme or to a specific Major Programme. The aim of the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Translation Programme is to “educate bilingual and bicultural communicators for professional translation and language careers”. Teachers of the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies share with students their expertise in academic research, their experience of frontline fieldwork in interlingual and intercultural communication, and their pedagogic vision. Students are thus prepared to meet the cultural, socio-political and economic needs of the local community, as well as those of a rapidly developing China.

The Programme provides a strong mix of both academic intellectual training and professionally-oriented practice. It offers a range of specialist options such as Translation Technology, Localisation, Spanish-Chinese Translation, Literary Translation, Media Translation, Legal Translation, Scientific-Technological Translation, and different forms of Interpreting. In their final year, all students undertake a one-year Honours Project. This involves an extended translation of 10,000 words, plus critical commentary, or alternatively a research project of similar length. The Programme also incorporates a one-semester project-based internship – see further below.

Scholarships

Apart from a wide range of scholarships/awards open to all students in the University on the basis of academic merit and other criteria set by the donors, four are awarded exclusively to students in the Translation Programme:

  • BATRAN Programme Entrance Student Scholarship

    Three Translation students who have obtained a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.40 or above in their first year of Bachelor degree study will each receive HK$5,000. 

  • Equity Financial Press Limited Scholarship

    Donated by the Equity Financial Press Limited, two local full-time Year 2 Translation students who have achieved the highest cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.40 in the previous academic year will each receive HK$20,000. 

  • Prof Jane Lai Prize

    Donated by a group of staff members in honour of Professor Jane Lai, Emeritus Professor of Hong Kong Baptist University, the prize provides an annual sum of HK$2,000 to a final year Translation student who produces the best Honours Project. 

  • Hong Kong Translation Society F.C. Lo Scholarship

    The Hong Kong Translation Society awards one scholarship of HK$8,000 to a final year student in Translation who has achieved outstanding academic results in the previous year of study. 

Double Major 

Students may choose to take a Double Major Programme in Translation and English which provides training in both fields. The Double Major is offered in conjunction with the Department of English Language and Literature.

Unique Features

From its inception in 1990, the HKBU Bachelor of Arts in Translation programme distinguished itself from other university translation programmes by incorporating an internship (known as Placement) component in its curriculum. It is undertaken as a 3-credit ‘course’ during one semester, on an hourly or project-based arrangement that allows students to complete the Placement alongside other, regular courses during the semester. The Department has a longstanding and extensive network of employer contacts from the translation and interpreting industries, so is ideally placed to help students find the option that works best for them.

Student Learning Experiences 

In addition to the internship mentioned above, students also have the possibility to go on exchange for a semester. The University has a wide range of possible exchange partner institutions to choose from.

Career Opportunities 

With a translation degree in hand, students are well-equipped for a whole variety of jobs. In addition to translation and interpreting of all kinds, the Department’s students have gone into a range of professions that demand advanced proficiency in bilingual communication and expert intercultural competence. They have found jobs as court interpreters, government translators, PR managers and news reporters. Others have gone into fields such as arts management, magazine journalism, bilingual editing, foreign diplomacy and marketing.

Admissions Scholarship

To award outstanding HKDSE students admitted to the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty offers a new scholarship starting from the 2020 intake: 

Sum of HKDSE Score

(4 Core plus 2 electives) 

Amount of Scholarship
30 or above $42,100 (one-off, 100% of the first-year tuition)
29    $21,050 (one-off, 50% of the first-year tuition)

The Priority to Select Major Programme of Study (HKDSE students who obtain score of 25 or above have the priority to choose their preferred Major programme) will be cancelled with effect from the 2020 intake, in keeping with the introduction of the Hybrid Admission Scheme. 

Please refer to the website for more details. 

Remarks:
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Programme Website

Requirements

  • Programme Entrance Requirements
  • General Entrance Requirements
Same as General Entrance Requirements

Notes for elective subjects:

1) One of the electives must be any Category A subjects including Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2);

2) The other elective can be any of the following subjects:
    a) Category A subjects;
    b) Other Language subjects at Grade E or above.

Core Subjects Minimum Level
CHINESE LANGUAGENote1 3
ENGLISH LANGUAGENote2 3
LIBERAL STUDIES 2
MATHEMATICS COMPULSORY PART 2
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
ANY 2 SUBJECTSNote3 3

Note 1: For Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) students, alternative Chinese Language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University are listed in the website: http://admissions.hkbu.edu.hk/ug/jupas

Note 2: Equivalences to Level 3 in English are listed in the website:
http://admissions.hkbu.edu.hk/ug/jupas

Note 3:

  • The elective subjects must be Category A subjects (unless specified) excluding Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2).
  • Individual programmes may consider Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2), Category B subjects (Applied Learning) and/or Category C subjects (Other Languages) for fulfillment of elective requirement. Please refer to the programme entrance requirements of individual programmes for details.

Remarks on admissions score: Individual programme would adopt different score formulae for calculating applicants’ admissions scores. Please refer to the following link for the updated score calculation and subject weights of our programmes for 2021 entry: http://admissions.hkbu.edu.hk/ug/dse_weighting.


First Year Tuition Fee

HK$ 42,100

Contacts

Admissions Office

Email: 334jupas@hkbu.edu.hk

Tel: 3411 2200

Statistics

Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2020 135 257 445 560 398 1795

Offer Statistics (as at the Announcement of the Main Round Offer Results)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2020 9 3 2 0 0 14