About the discipline Contact Information

Translation of German belongs to the Department of Modern Languages.

P.O. Box 24 (Unioninkatu 40 B)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

History of the discipline

In Finland, the training of translators began in the 1960s at language institutes, one of which was established in Kouvola in 1971. The duration of the training was three years, and the students graduated with a Diploma in Translation. The language institutes were later integrated into universities: for instance, the Language Institute of Kouvola became in 1981 part of the University of Helsinki Faculty of Arts as the Kouvola Department of Translation Studies, later known as the Department of Translation Studies. The earlier Diploma was replaced by a five-year Master of Arts degree. From 1994 onwards, it was possible to complete not only a Master of Arts degree but also a Licentiate and a doctoral degree in translation. In 2004 the minor subject of German translation and interpreting was upgraded to a major subject. In 2009 the Department’s operations were transferred to Helsinki, where the translation disciplines were first located at different language departments – with the subsequent departmental reform, German translation too became part of the Department of Modern Languages.

In Helsinki, it was possible to specialise in translation in Germanic philology from 1997 onwards. When translator training was transferred from Kouvola to Helsinki, the specialist option in translation within Germanic philology was integrated into the discipline of German translation. At the same time, a professorship was established in the discipline.