1.What is the effectiveness of this Degree?

The Bachelor’s Degreeawarded by the Nelson Mandela School perfectly equals the first level Bachelor’s Degree of the L-12 class (Linguistic Mediation Sciences) awarded by State Universities.

2.Which are the job opportunities promoted by this Degree?

The Degree in Linguistic Mediation guarantees a certain access into the working life. Indeed, the sectors requiring the Linguistic Mediators skills are various:

  • Public Administration sector (ministry, local and public, even supranational entities), of the school institutions, of the international organisations (such as ONU, UNESCO, UE) in which mediation between the different cultures reveals to be essential, as translation activity (even certified) and conference, Parliament, Embassy and Consulate interpreting service.

The working background of the European Parliament is very interesting for those who want to work as translators/interpreters. It is provided with about 350 interpreters and actually employs 2.500 freelance interpreters. With the use of 23 official languages, the multilinguism level is a pivotal condition in the European Parliament, and this is the reason why the translator/interpreter should possess a successful linguistic combination (the set of known languages and those in which he can translate from his native language);

  • Business sector, in multinational corporations, small and medium size enterprises, where international commercial relationships and the external affairs are the main sectors and play the main role in the overall productivity. In this context, the Linguistic Mediator could work as a coordinator of international team works, translator of sectorial languages, for publishers and/or scientific translator, technical advertising editor, etc.;
  • Communication sector, where the Linguistic Mediator is widely needed in international, information agencies and service bureaus, in the publishing industry, radio, television and online newspapers, also as an expert and consultant/adapting operator of new languages;
  • Tourism sector, where the linguistic and cultural competence is the essential prerequisite for communication and setting of touristic/cultural tours. In this sector, the Linguistic Mediator is employed as a tour operator, destination manager and tour guide by travel and touristic information agencies, as a member of the cabin crew of airlines and cruise ships, as an employee in luxury hotels, etc.;
  • No profit sector, where the Linguistic Mediator is needed for his linguistic knowledge to play the role of international projects manager, charity worker, aid worker in crisis zones, etc.;
  • Freelance activity as a linguistic mediator, cultural mediator, linguistic-cultural consultant, freelance translator and interpreter in different companies and administrations which need to have some relationships with other Countries and/or foreign staff.

3.Which are the qualifications allowing the enrollment in the Course?

1st Year

The enrollment in the Linguistic Mediation Course is allowed to the subjects with the following qualifications:

  • Five-years Secondary-School Diploma;
  • Primary School Teaching Certificate/ Arts High School Diploma + annual supplementary course;
  • Equivalent qualification earned abroad;
  • Italian or foreign Bachelor’s Degree;

and who have passed the Admission Test.

2nd year

The enrollment from the 2nd year of the Course is allowed for those subjects possessing any Bachelor’s Degree, even in a non-literary/linguistic subject area, provided that they have passed the first year exams of the languages expected in the Study Plan or they accumulated a minimum number of 24 ECTs in those subject clusters (Code) expected in the Study Plan.

3rd year

The enrollment from the 3rd year of the Course is allowed for those subjects possessing a Bachelor’s Degree in the languages requested in the enrollment procedure or, under the same conditions, an equivalent Bachelor’s Degree earned abroad (the equivalence of Degrees will be evaluated by the Directorate in accordance with legal requirements), or those who accumulated a minimum number of 84 ECTs in those subject clusters (Code) expected in the Study Plan.

The first level Linguistic Mediation Course is a limited enrollment course. The maximum number of enrolled students is 55 for each course year.

4.What is the Course duration?

The Linguistic Mediation Course has an ordinary duration of 3 years, equal to the first level Courses of the State Universities.

5.What does the Study Plan provides for?

The requested exams are 20, in addition to the stage/internship and the Final Exam. The overall course credits number (ECTs) is 180, equal to the first level L-12 Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistic Mediation Sciences instituted by State Universities. The Study Plan has been structured in a modern and efficient way, to guarantee a really useful and productive range of offered courses. Click here to check it out.

6.What are the ECTs?

The European University Credit is the student work unit of measure. Each credit equals to an average of 25 hours of overall work in the form of lessons, exercices, laboratories, internships and individual study. The overall work of the current student is calculated in an average of 60 credits a year, which is equal to 1500 work hours.

7.How many foreign languages are studied?

The Study Plan requires the student chooses a linguistic combination of 3 languages, two of three years and one of two years training. The curricular languages established by the School at present (three-years training) are:

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Italian (for foreign students)

The established two-years training languages are:

  • Chinese
  • Arab
  • Russian
  • Japanese

Other languages could be activated in the curriculum and/or by choice, after a consistent number of requests by students.

8.Is the attendance of courses compulsory?

In order to guarantee a correct learning and reaching of the Course educational targets, the lessons and laboratories attendance is compulsory.

The student must not pass 20% of absence limit in the linguistic courses and 30% in the other courses. Over this limit, the Teaching Organisation Office reserves the right to apply the students the measure of exclusion from the exams and the ongoing tests.

9.What about the exams?

The Course provides for 3 examination sessions a year (Winter: January/February – Summer: May/June/July – Autumn: September/October).

The exams can be written or oral and the evaluation is expressed in in thirtieths. The minimal mark is 18/30. Some subjects also provide for some ongoing tests, and their marks are always expressed in thirtieths. For further information, click here.

10.How can I enroll in the Course?

To enroll in the Nelson Mandela School, you need to pass an Admission Test (for further info click here). The Admission Test applications are accepted by chronological order and until the available seats are run out (55 for each course year), with a payment of € 100,00 (which are deductible from the registration fee in case of enrollment confirmation). After the Admission tests evaluation, the students rankings are drawn up in reference to their marks and their application date (you can download the form here).The enrollment application form (you can download it here) completing the enrollment procedure is to be printed, filled and delivered to the School Office, accompanied by the following documents:

  • A tax stamp correctly applied on the form;
  • The original High School Diploma Certificate or an equivalent qualification;
  • Self-certification of birth, residence and family status;
  • 2 photo IDs;
  • A copy of the identity card;
  • A copy of the passport and the residence permit (for the foreign students);
  • The Bachelor’s Degree certificate with the exams list for the students graduated in Italy or abroad;
  • The registration fee and the regional A.R.D.S.U. tax payment receipts.

The correctly enrolled students receive a record book and the access credentials to the website Reserved Area.

11.What is the Admission Test?

The Admission Test is structured in three parts:

  • English
  • Logic of language
  • Italian grammar

For further information, click here.

12.What’s the payment procedure?

The tuition fees for each Year are specified at the moment of the enrollment and put up on the School Office noticeboard.
The overall amount of the tuition fees includes the pre-enrollment payment (candidacy for the Admission Test) too. The student must also pay € 140,00 to be enrolled to the Regional Agency for the Right to Education (A.R.D.S.U.)

Tuition can be paid in three instalments: a first one for the first enrollment and its annual renewal, a second one to be paid in January and a third one to be paid in April, in reference to deadlines and procedures the School will directly communicate to the student.

13.Does the School provide for a scholarships assignment system?

Yes, the Nelson Mandela School provides for a scholarships assignment system. For this procedure, the School applies the regional rules on right to academic education. Indeed, the student can address the Regional Agency for the Right to Education (A.R.D.S.U.) in order to participate to the public announcement.

14.Can I enroll in this School if I come from another University?

Yes, you can, according to the European graduate mobility program which even recognizes the credits got during the previous course of studies and belonging to the same class (the same thematic field). For this reason, the candidate has to deliver the Teaching Organisation Office the transfer form (available at the Student’s Office and here too) accompanied by the relevant documents (the certificate of the exams passed abroad indicating the subject area and the number of accrued ECTs).

15.Does the School offer the opportunity to make an internship/stage?

Yes, it does. The Nelson Mandela School has different partnerships with various institutional organisations, companies, private and public entities, in order to allow its students to carry out a stage or internship experience during the third course year for at least 150 hours, in Italy or abroad. For further information, click here.

16.Does the School participate to the Erasmus+ Project?

Yes, the Nelson Mandela School takes part to the European Union bilateral programs for students exchange. Hence, it organizes the exchange of students according to agreements with different European organisations which are being improved respecting the rules of the Institutional Contract drawn up by the European Commission and coordinated by the National Agency at MIUR (Ministry of Education, Universities, and Research). For further information, click here.

17.Does this Qualification allow further education?

Yes, because the Qualification awarded by the Nelson Mandela School perfectly equals the first level Bachelor’s Degree of the L-12 class (Linguistic Mediation Sciences) awarded by State Universities. For this reason, graduates’ future is open to any Master’s Program or Master’s Degree.

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