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Benefits for Students and Graduates

Your first step on the path to becoming a localization professional

SDL Trados Studio is the translation tool of choice for government organizations, corporate localization teams, language service providers and freelance translators around the world – if your academic institution teaches SDL Trados Studio as part of their language course then you have already taken the first step towards a career in localization. 

The core component of SDL Trados Studio is the translation memory (TM). You will learn that a TM is a valuable asset that can be applied to your translations so that you never have to translate the same content twice. You can create as many TMs as you wish, for instance, to use with specific languages, industries or clients and you will soon see the added benefit a TM brings in increased speed and consistency. You may even be able to work on building your first translation memory which you can take with you from student to localization professional.

Student Software License Discounts

During your course, you may wish to get ahead by purchasing your own personal license for SDL Trados Studio – we can help you do this with student discounts.

As a student you are eligible for this discounted rate on proof of student status and also for one year after graduation. Create your own SDL Account today using your personal email address and get ready to download your SDL Trados Studio software.

FREE SDL Certification Courseware and examinations

SDL offers certification of Computer Assisted Translation (CAT) tool competency. Students have the opportunity to gain this industry recognized qualification through a series of online professional training courses developed by SDL certified trainers. The training courses are free to students and are presented in modular format and each module has an associated examination. Modules range from beginner to advanced and on successful completion of an examination, the students are awarded SDL Certified status.

The SDL certification courseware material is provided to the academic institutions, in the form of workbooks and sample files, to help prepare coursework for students prior to the SDL exam.

We also supply an approved certificate which can be used to support job applications and to supplement CVs.

SDL Graduate Scheme

Already graduated? Just become a Freelance Translator? You can still take advantage of a discounted SDL Trados Studio license if you are within 12 months of your graduation date.

SDL Internship

Upon completion of certification, SDL Certified Graduates are eligible to apply for SDL Internships at our SDL Network offices. Contact us for more information.

Quotes from lecturers

  • Andy Walker
    Senior Lecturer in Translation Tech
    Roehampton University
    SDL Certification gives students a professional credential that comes with a web link to an electronic certificate that’s easily added to a CV or Proz profile.

  • Thomas H. Hecht
    Head of Technology Group
    Siemens AG
    By endorsing SDL Certification as a preferred credential, we expect to increase localization production efficiency by ensuring translators are competent using the most up-to-date technology.
  • Matúš Jožio
    Coordinator and System Administrator
    University of Prešov
    We would like to thank the SDL team for all the work and ideas you put into developing such wonderful software. So far it has been a pleasure to use products such as SDL Trados or Passolo in translation and localization courses handled at the university.