The objective of the Scuola Superiore di Lingue Moderne per Interpreti e Traduttori, a University Faculty (university oriented school) since 1978 (D.P.R. 6 March 1978 no. 102), is to prepare students, scientifically and technically, for professional practice in the translating and interpreting fields.
The School Facilities - Premises and Services
The School named: Scuola Superiore di Lingue Moderne per Interpreti e Traduttori, includes the Science structure that houses the Interpretation and Translation
Language Science Department where research work is carried out.
The School organisation includes: the Director and the School Council.
The Department organisation includes: the Director, the Department Council and the Department Administration.
The management and the organisational, administrative and technical support to the Institutional Faculty and Department activities are entrusted to the Services Centre of the SSLMIT.
The Faculty Dean and Director of the Services Centre is Prof. David Snelling.
The Department Director is Prof. Franco Crevatin.
The School, located in a historic building in the centre of Trieste, is open during the school term from 7.45 to 19.30 (Saturdays until 13.30). Open hours may be reduced (Saturday closure and earlier closure in the afternoons at 17.30) in periods when lessons and exams are not being held (generally from mid-July until early September and during the Christmas and Easter holidays).
The Calendar of Didactic Activities
The courses run from November to May and are divided into years.
There are three exam sessions (June, October, February).
The official start and finish dates of the courses and of the holidays, as well as the beginning of the examination sessions, are notified each year about six months before the opening of the academic year.
The Academic year 2001-2002 will begin on the 6th of November, 2001 and end on the 17th May, 2002; it will include the following holidays periods:
From the 22nd of December, 2001 to the 6th of January 2002 (Christmas holidays),
From 1st to 15th of February, 2002 (extraordinary exam session),
From the 28th of March to the 3rd of April 2002 (Easter holidays).
The Faculty Organization
The Sections include teachers, researchers and language assistants working with the same language or with branches of learning that may not refer to the individual languages (the linguistics department, multi-discipline section). Each section has its own Coordinator. The course structures are discussed and planned within each Section according to its specific teaching and learning requirements, and appropriate didactic support initiatives are proposed and organised (integration courses, seminars, etc.).
The Didactic Committee
The Didactic Committee is made up of seven teachers and seven students. Its functions are to evaluate, consult and draw up proposals that can improve teaching effectiveness. It also examines requests made by students to the Faculty Council regarding study programmes, validation of past career activities, foreign study certificates, etc.
Chairwoman: Prof. Margherita Ulrych.
The Orientation and Tutorship Commission
This Commission consists of seven teachers, assisted by senior students (Tutors); it develops initiatives directed at lower secondary school students, to assist them in choosing their subsequent studies. Students not living in Trieste can visit the SSLMIT by telephone appointment; individuals or classes accompanied by their professors are welcome to visit the school. The Commission also organises orientation and advisory meetings for students already enrolled to help them in the choices they must face during studies for their degree.
Faculty Orientation Delegate and Commission Chairman: Prof. David Katan.
There are seven senior faculty students who, in collaboration with the Tutorship Commission, provide advice and assistance to new students and to students wishing to enrol. They can be contacted at the Student Representative Office and at the following e-mail address
Two teachers, Anna Giambagli (Socrates faculty delegate) and Eugenia Manlig, are responsible for coordinating the Schools collaboration with other European Universities involved in the Socrates programme.
Particularly interesting for the School students is the SOCRATES/ERASMUS mobility programme (see the web site: http://www.univ.trieste.it/socrates and the Guida Socrates in the Language Schools home page).
Student exchanges are also promoted between the Trieste School and foreign language schools that belong to the CIUTI (Conférence Internationale des Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprétes), the international organization that unites the most prestigious schools for Interpreters worldwide. The places and procedures are agreed on between the Institutes involved in the exchange. Applications must be presented to the Schools Didactic Secretariat before the expiry date communicated each year. Similar exchanges are also planned with other Universities that currently have collaboration agreements with our school (Moscow, Omsk, Budapest).
Representatives are elected among the students for the School Council and the Didactic Committee; their job is to represent the needs of the entire student body.
They have their own office on the 6th floor and a post box and e-mail address
The Ateneo Linguistic Centre
This department was set up to organize linguistic practice for all the School Faculties. It is located on the 3rd floor of the building that hosts the SSLMIT and utilizes the same Service Centre. For information, consult the University Internet web site http://www.univ.trieste.it/cla Specifically the Ateneo Linguistic Centre organizes foreign language courses for outgoing students and Italian courses for incoming students with Erasmus/Socrates scholarships.
The timetable for these courses can be found on the notice board on the 3rd floor; it is also sent to the Secretariats of each Faculty.
Laboratories and Computer Facilities
Access to the School laboratories and computer-equipped classrooms is generally reserved for students of the School and for guest students under the Socrates/Erasmus programme or under exchange agreements with other foreign Universities. Students may use the equipment at scheduled times during lessons and practice exercises under teacher supervision. Students must show their identity card to the person in charge to have access to the technical and computer equipment and to borrow materials.
The classrooms fitted with interpreting booths can be used, compatible with class and exam requirements, according to schedules drawn up by the students themselves.
The 8-place video laboratory is on the 3rd floor; the key can be requested in the video shop - Videoteca.
Two classrooms (on the 3rd floor, open from 8.00 to 19.00) have been equipped with computers and can be used by students; one of these has 17 desks and the other20; both have printers. The students themselves draw up the schedules. A third classroom with 17 places is under construction.
The library catalogue (approx. 30,000 volumes, 250 periodicals, over 1,100 degree theses, 24,000 reviews) is completely automated. The librarys collections of books and magazines fit in with the Schools courses and are focused principally on the following language disciplines: anthropology, theory, history and translation techniques.
Students will find an ample selection of dictionaries, glossaries and consulting reference sources, single and multi-lingual, as well as narrative, poetic and theatrical materials in their original languages.
The library has 88 reading places; 5 terminals are available exclusively for on-line catalogue research. There are 10 computers reserved for senior year students.
It is an open shelf library (all books may be freely consulted inside the library); it is protected by a theft alarm system.
Tape and Video Shop
Supporting the library, a video and audiotape shop (reserved for the School students) offers students a useful collection of didactic materials: audio (approx. 2,500 tapes) and video (approx. 1,200 tapes, a selection of documentaries and films in their original language and 80 DVD). It is located on the 2nd floor and is open from 9.00 to18.00, Monday to Thursday and from 9.00 to 13.30 on Friday.