Applied Literary Translation

Call for Applications Summer 2017 Certificate
FAQ Summer 2017 Certificate UHV Dalkey

If you’re fluent in more than one language, love reading, and want to make literature a cross-cultural experience, then you’re exactly who we have in mind for UHV’s Certificate in Applied Literary Translation. We welcome translators of all languages, both native English speakers and non-native speakers with superior English skills. UHV graduate students in the creative writing program or publishing program who are fluent in a foreign language may also apply.

Primarily offered online, the program is designed to give emerging translators like you the opportunity to hone your craft under the guidance of the experienced editors at Dalkey Archive Press. The bulk of training will consist of weekly individual sessions over Skype. At the completion of the program, you’ll have earned a credit-bearing certificate and completed a book-length translation that Dalkey Archive Press will publish.

Application Deadline:

March 1

Notification of acceptance will be sent within a month of the receipt of a completed application.


June 5 —enrollment continues through fall and spring


After 12 credit hours of completed coursework

Before you get started, you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • English-language fluency and fluency in one or more foreign languages
  • Samples of previous translations
  • Access to a reliable internet connection and video chatting technology

Your Plan of Study

You’ll do most of your training as a literary translation student via weekly Skype sessions with the Dalkey editors. The editors will provide feedback on your translation work as well as instruction on how to write other documents that are critical to the publication process, such as reader’s reports, cover letters to editors, contracts, and grant proposals. Your course of study will culminate in the publication of your book-length translation by Dalkey Archive Press.

Creative writing or publishing students who are taking part in the literary translation certificate program may be able to count the credits they earn in the program toward their UHV MFA or MS degree. The credits may also be transferrable to other institutions. 

Degree Requirements

To complete your certificate, you will complete 12 hours of course work:

  • PUBL 6311
  • PUBL 6322
  • PUBL 6323
  • PUBL 6305

 Where Can This Degree Take You?

Exactly where you want to go. One of our greatest points of pride at UHV is the good work our students do in the world. The experiences you have at UHV are relevant, inspiring, and career building. We provide the foundation so you can get to work doing what you’ve always dreamed.

Real-World Learning

When you complete the certificate in literary translation, you’ll not only have fine-tuned your translation skills and developed a deep understanding of the publishing world—you’ll have an actual publication in your portfolio. No other literary translation certificate program offers such an opportunity for experiential, resume-building learning.

Additionally, MFA creative writing or MS publishing students enrolled in the literary certification program can further their career preparedness by applying for internships with Dalkey Archive Press.

Careers You’ll Love

Literary translators don’t simply transfer one language into another—they connect cultures and broaden perspectives. They can be found working in many mediums:

  • Works of fiction and nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Travel guides
  • Documentary scripts
  • Television and movie scripts
  • Opera libretti or plays
  • Vocal music pieces

For tips on job hunting, resume writing, and other career help, contact the Career Services department. To see how other students have used their UHV educations, check out our student success stories.


A good education shouldn’t saddle you with insurmountable debt. That’s why, at UHV, affordability and quality go hand in hand. From scholarships to grants to assistantships, we offer an array of options to help you afford your UHV graduate education.

Tuition Rates

Tuition rates are based on Texas state charges and are subject to change. Certain administrative fees will also apply, including a publishing fee of $40 per credit hour and a $50-per-term international student fee. Total tuition will vary slightly depending on length required to complete certificate.

Texas Residents: $417.37 /credit hour

Out-of-State & International Students: $832.37 /credit hour

Funding Options

Limited internal scholarship funds will be available for applicants requiring financial aid. To apply for FAFSA and other scholarships, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

To apply:

  • Submit an official online application via per UHV’s graduate admissions requirements. GRE scores are not required for this 12-hour Certificate in Literary Translation. Provide official transcripts from each college you have attended. Be sure to have them mailed directly to UHV’s admissions office at the following address:

University of Houston–Victoria
Office of Admissions
3007 North Ben Wilson Street
Victoria, TX 77901

  •  Submit the following documents to
    • A complete CV
    • A cover letter explaining your literary background and interests, translation experience, familiarity you may have with books published by Dalkey Archive Press, and a short list of favorite novels. If you already have a book or books in mind to translate during the program, please list these as well.
    • A sample prose translation of 10–15 pages, double-spaced. The sample should be from a work of fiction that has not been previously published in English. Samples of poetry, drama, or nonfiction will not be accepted. Please include bibliographical information about the original work. 

Sound like your direction? Begin your application or send your questions to