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Your first step on the path to becoming a localization professional

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Embrace your passion for language

At SDL we love languages and want to support those who choose to use their love of language as the foundation of their career.  As a language student you are at the very beginning of an exciting journey.

You will have many choices to make as you go through your course, and one of those choices is likely to be whether you choose to study translation. If you do, then the adventure starts here!

Why SDL Trados Studio?

You may be wondering why you need to use a translation tool at all? As you progress through your linguists course you will have many opportunities to translate texts that you have taken much time and care over. Imagine being able to store those translations, use them again and even improve on them if the need arises. SDL Trados Studio allows you to do just that. You'll be able to recall past translations and re-use them meaning you never lose any of your valuable work.

The component within SDL Trados Studio that stores your translations is called the translation memory (TM). During your studies you will learn that a TM is a valuable asset for a translator that ensures that you never have to translate the same content twice. SDL Trados Studio gives you the flexibility to create as many TMs as you wish, for instance, to use with specific languages, industries or future clients. You may even be able to work on building your first translation memory which you can take with you from student to translation professional.

Boost employability by adding SDL Certification to your CV

SDL offers students the opportunity to gain certifications in CAT (Computer Assisted Translation) Tool competency. The certification covers a range of topics and levels of ability depending on experience. SDL certification is a great addition to your CV and an indication of CAT Tool excellence for future employers.
  • SDL certification exams are free for students and requests to take exams can be made through your university lecturer
  • Exams can be taken online at the users own leisure, there is no expiry date on the exam
  • Each exam is presented in modular format. Modules range from Studio beginners to advanced, MultiTerm, Project Management or Post-Editing
  • Workbooks, presentations and sample files are provided to help prepare for the exam

Discover what it's like working for a translation agency

Are you SDL certified? If so, then why not apply for work experience at one of our SDL offices at various locations around the world! Working with the team at SDL will give you a great feel for life working for a large translation agency whilst improving your use of SDL Trados Studio. Please be aware that work experience places are limited and unfortunately we can not accept all applications, but we will hold your details in case an opportunity arises.

"We would definitely suggest SDL Trados Studio both to technical translators and to students of technical translation because it provides a lot of benefits such as the spell-checking, the creation of TB's and TM's (which can be managed and enriched over and over for different clients and translations) and customizable lists of variables. Furthermore, it reduces the delivery time thanks to effective suggestions coming from fuzzy matches and fragment matches."

Ilaria Valente, Borana Shermadhi, Martina Buonvino – students at University of Salento

Online Community Support

Have a question regarding installation, licensing or need technical product help? Our Customer Experience Team would love to hear from you.

  • Our team of experts are available for extended core hours. You can now get help from 8am to 11pm UK time via an online chat facility or info@sdltrados.com
  • Support can be given in: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian and Romanian. 
  • Chinese and Japanese support will be given in local office hours. 

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SDL top student award winners


Lecturers across the world have chosen their top achieving students to win an SDL Trados Studio 2017 license. Here are some of the winners and what they think of SDL Trados Studio.

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  • Rosa Kaspar
    Student
    Fremdspracheninstitut der Landeshauptstadt München
    I find it wonderful that SDL offers students and graduates so many opportunities – from workshops for students to jobs for graduates.
    While still studying at FIM, the Munich municipal foreign languages institute, I participated in a workshop on machine translation and post editing, during which I gained initial experience with SDL Trados Studio and MultiTerm. I am now looking forward to doing more translation work using this software and am confident that it will be a great help.
  • Constanze Rämisch
    Student
    Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
    I have been using SDL Trados Studio throughout my studies and really enjoy working with this CAT tool for various reasons. A vast amount of features is available for translations as well as terminology management. Moreover, Trados Studio facilitates working on different projects while using different resources and file types, so I am very happy to have received a free license which I can use for future translation projects. Thank you, SDL!
  • Hecham Muhra
    Student
    University of Birmingham
    SDL is one of the best CAT tools in the market. We have learnt to use it this year as part of the Translation Technology module at the University of Birmingham. This award is a great opportunity for me to continue using the software in my career. I am now a freelance translator and this award will help me stay in touch with the latest development of the software, improve my practical experience and use it to increase my work productivity.
  • Isabel Pype
    Student
    KU Leuven
    I cannot wait to apply some of the amazing SDL-functions I discovered during our training to some ‘real live’ translations!
  • Katrin Vanessa Lemke
    Student
    Fremdspracheninstitut der Landeshauptstadt München
    Our CAT lessons at FIM, the Munich Municipal Foreign Languages Institute, allowed me to acquire initial insights into many of the functions offered by SDL products and use them within the framework of various projects. I am currently looking forward to expanding my knowledge during my traineeship abroad in order to be ideally prepared to utilize the latest version of SDL Trados Studio in my future career.
  • Bethany Coulthurst
    Student
    University of Birmingham
    I have recently started my career as a translator and so I plan to use this software to develop my skills in my spare time, and have been looking into voluntary translation as a way of doing this. I would also like to complete a full translation of the book I used for my Extended Translation Project, as I really enjoyed it and would love to be able to make such an interesting book available to the English-speaking world!
  • Céline Goethals
    Student
    KU Leuven
    Thank you very much for this license! It was very unexpected, but it will definitely come in handy to give my career the best start.
  • Valentina Goldin
    Student
    University of Innsbruck
    I have recently become self-employed as a translator and interpreter in addition to studying. It is very helpful for us newcomers to have such a CAT tool because it makes applications easier for translation agencies and at the same time makes it easier for private clients. In summary, it's the concrete way to give a boost to my career!
  • Elena Pochanina
    Student
    Herzen University
    I'm very glad to have been certified because not anyone can have such opportunity. This certificate is going to be of great help in my future career, and I'd like to thank T-Service for their support of students! Besides, I want to express my gratitude to SDL for granting me with a free licence of SDL Trados Studio, this is an incredible gift for a future translator, thank you so much!
  • Giulia Limbrici
    Student
    University of Essex
    We learned how to use SDL Trados during our classes and it was amazing to learn how much this programme can help translators in their work. Receiving this prize is a wonderful first step to start my career as a translator!
  • Ignazia Posadinu
    Director of MA programmes in Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling
    University of Essex
    This has meant a lot to our students who will be using this important translation tool professionally as freelance or in-house translators. Initially, students were quite skeptical about the need to become proficient users of Computer Aided Technology, but now they use it every day and they are very happy with it.
  • Shuo Li
    Student
    University of Essex
    As a Chinese-English translation and interpreting student, SDL Trados has provided me with great help in my study. I felt extremely honoured to receive this licence. I want to thank our lovely teacher Ignazia for making this learning experience so interesting and enjoyable.
  • Tatiana Belekhova
    Student
    Herzen University
    SDL Trados Studio Certification for Translators allowed me to gain new knowledge and improve my skills in using the most popular CAT-tool in the translation industry. I'm also very happy to get the free SDL Trados Studio license. Thank you very much for this wonderful opportunity!
  • Xiaomei An
    Student
    University of Sheffield
    Thanks SDL for the free SDL Trados Studio license. I will work as a freelancer translator for some localization companies. I have been using SDL Trados since 2008 and it is really helpful for improving productivity. The new cloud feature makes it easier for the translators to work together. SDL does an amazing job to keep Trados updated!
  • Viviana Lugnan
    Student
    Sprachen & Dolmetscher Institut München
    I became acquainted with SDL Trados Studio at the University. I immediately realised that it was essential for a translator because it renders the work easier and faster. Now, thanks to the free licence, I can also use it at home. I am convinced that it will help me to make my dream of becoming a translator in the technical field come true.
  • Katerina Konsta
    Student
    Metafrasi Translator Training Centre
    SDL Trados Studio is very user-friendly. It will assist me a lot in my first steps as a translator. I am grateful that I have been granted a license for such a powerful tool!
  • Paola Ghezzi
    Student
    Civica Scuola Interpreti e Traduttori “A.Spinelli”
    Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to have this extremely useful tool! SDL Trados Studio helps translators, making their work simpler and faster. I’m sure it will be a valuable tool in my future working career.
  • Eleonora Modena
    Student
    Civica Scuola Interpreti e Traduttori “A.Spinelli”
    I'm very grateful for the licence I've been awarded with. I find SDL Trados Studio extremely useful and I will definitely use this CAT tool in my career as a translator.
  • Ed Robinson
    Student
    University of Sheffield
    At the moment, I don't know where my Translation Studies MA will take me, but wherever I end up working, I know that being able to use Trados Studio will be very useful. I'd like to extend my sincerest thanks to SDL for providing me with this opportunity!
  • Caroline Lemineur
    Student
    Université de Mons
    Technologies which facilitate the translation process are becoming more and more important nowadays and are therefore a must-have for professional translators. As I am about to enter my last year at the Faculty of Translation and Interpretation of the University of Mons, I am really grateful to receive a SDL Studio license. In the future, I hope to develop my knowledge of these softwares and use them to improve the quality of my translations.
  • Agnes Gerbl
    Student
    Euro Fachakademie Ingolstadt
    From September on I will be attending a British university in order to study for a Master's degree in Interpreting and Translation. I'm sure that SDL Trados will be very useful during my time at university and afterwards, as Trados is the market leader when it comes to CAT-tools. So thank you, SDL, for this amazing opportunity!
  • Svetlana Kalinina
    Student
    Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
    I'm happy to start my professional career path this year with such a powerful tool in my hands. As a graduate of Peter the Great Polytechnic University and a freelance technical translator, I know all the struggles one might face while working with technical documentation, such as lexical unification and standardized format. During our practical classes at the University I realised that Trados allows us to overcome these difficulties, and I hope to use its advantages to the fullest potential in my professional activity.
  • Victor Gautschi
    Student
    Lille University
    After my studies, I registered as an independent translator and started working for the companies I did my internship in, specializing in IT translation. I will keep working in that domain and approaching new clients, and consider starting my own translation company in a few years.
  • Quentin Pacinella
    Student
    Lille University
    Working with SDL Trados Studio will be a real asset since it enables me to handle a lot of file formats and is wide spread on the market. The analysis tool permits me to count words easily, which can facilitate the creation of quotes and invoices. The tool also includes lots of useful features and short keys and has a pretty ergonomic interface which makes it easy to use.
  • Elisabeth Payne
    Student
    University of Birmingham
    Setting up as a freelance translator can be daunting. But by awarding me with the Freelance software, SDL has not only eased and supported this process, but has boosted my employability with the numerous companies and translation agencies that predominantly use Trados Studio. So thank you, SDL, for this amazing opportunity that will kick start my translation career!
  • Nikita Shah
    Student
    University of Birmingham
    I've recently been given an opportunity to do a paid internship at a translation company in London which I am really excited about! I know that I will be using SDL Trados a lot in my role, so having this latest version will be very useful!

"SDL Trados Studio is the industry’s benchmark; the go-to CAT tool for thousands of translation professionals across the globe – and there is a good reason for it. At KU Leuven I received comprehensive training with this software, and I was honestly impressed by its versatility and reliability. When I start my career as a freelance translator, I will need a robust tool that caters for the demands of an ever-changing industry, and with the SDL Trados Studio Freelance License, I am convinced I got just that."

Perry Vangronsveld – student at KU Leuven

Recently graduated and looking to start your professional career?

You now have many choices to make regarding your future career. If your passion is for language then you have many options open to you.

Whether you decide to become a freelance translator, work for a translation agency or corporate language department then choosing SDL Trados Studio is a wise investment in your future.

Why SDL Trados Studio?

For over 25 years SDL has been dedicated to developing software to support translation and localization professionals. SDL Trados Studio is used by freelance translators, language service providers, corporate localization teams and government organizations all over the world, making SDL Trados Studio the most widely used Computer Assisted Translation (CAT) tool on the market.

During your studies you may have used and compared a number of CAT tools, all with their own advantages and benefits. SDL Trados Studio is the tool of choice for many due to its popularity in the market and the requirement by many translation agencies to use the leading tool. SDL Trados Studio not only offers you superior technology but the also the support and services that comes from a market leader. You can be sure when you use SDL Trados Studio that you have picked a tool that combines ease of use with continued innovative product enhancements as standard.

Buy your own license

Need your own SDL Trados Studio license? You can still take advantage of a discounted license if you are within 12 months of your graduation date.

Update your details

If you already have an SDL Account make sure you have updated your status from student to freelance and add in a change of email address to make sure your SDL Certification awards stay with you.

A career with SDL?

We are always on the lookout for talented translators to join our team. Send in your CV today.

"As a recent graduate of a degree in translation studies looking to become a freelance translator, I have been trying out the different types of CAT tools available on the market. SDL Trados Studio 2017 Freelance has stood out to me in particular through its wide array of features which are specifically designed to boost the productivity of my work as a translator, such as its new transformational machine translation, AdaptiveMT, and its Language Cloud machine translation service. In addition, my translation process has been significantly improved by the new LookAhead translation memory technology, which automatically fills in the next segment for me before I have even had time to think about it!"

Lucia Horea

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