Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Humanities, Interpreting in Sign Language and Alternative and Augmentative Communication

Students in the Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Humanities, Interpreting in Sign Language and Alternative and Augmentative Communication programme develop strong language and communication skills and competencies in public service interpreting.

The working languages are Finnish and Finnish sign language or alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) methods. No previous knowledge of sign language is required.

Interpreters work in oral communication situations with people who have a hearing or speech impairment. They should be able to interpret in a range of settings including public service situations, study and work environments as well as leisure settings, and apply theoretical knowledge and skills in practice.

Graduates from this programme can work as interpreters employed by organisations or as independent service providers or in various instructor and specialist roles.

Depending on the advanced study option, graduates can also work as interpreters or communication teachers with deaf and deaf-blind people.

In the first two years of the programme, students develop a comprehensive knowledge base in the Finnish sign language and communication methods.

At the end of the second year, students choose either interlingual interpreting (Finnish – Finnish sign language) or intralingual interpreting (Finnish – alternative and augmentative communication methods).

Students can choose speech-to-text interpreting as an elective in both options.

Extent: 240 credit points (ECTS)

We offer this programme currently in Finnish.