Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

United Nations exam success for Interpreting and Translating Graduates

Mon Jul 20 12:04:00 BST 2015

The United Nations interpreter examinations are renowned for being incredibly challenging, rigorous and highly competitive. They aim to single out the best in the interpreting world. So when we heard that MA Interpreting and Translating alumni Katherine Nield and Jaya Mishra had passed the UN French and Russian interpreting exams just two months after graduating, we were excited to share their success.

Out of the 25 entrants (approx.) who sat the exam in Geneva, only four passed the challenging assessment. Typically it takes 10-12 years after completing an interpreting course to get into the UN system as an interpreter, making their achievement even more impressive. This means that Katherine and Jaya can now interpret for the United Nations in Geneva on a freelance basis and have this prestigious accreditation to their names.

Katherine Nield

Katherine commented:

"The MA Interpreting and Translation programme at Bath was excellent preparation, not only the programme itself, but also because I had the opportunity to go on placement to the UN. This meant I had more of an idea what interpreting at this type of organisation looks like, and it confirmed for me that this was really what I wanted to do."


Jaya Mishra

Jaya’s experience was similar:

"Without the programme at Bath it would have been virtually impossible for me to pass the exam. Prior to enrolling on MA Interpreting and Translating I had no experience whatsoever of interpreting. I simply thought that it would be a good way for me to use my languages. I did not know how challenging and rewarding a career it could be so I shall be forever grateful to Bath."


Congratulations to Katherine and Jaya!

You can find out more and read their blog online »

You can also read 'How I became a UN Interpreter' written by Bath alumna Helen Reynolds-Brown on behalf of the Guardian.