Associate of Arts in Translation and Interpretation*

Admission suspended for 2023-24


This programme offers a broad range of practical courses in translation and interpretation, from translation for the media and public services, commercial translation, legal translation to advanced interpretation. Our teaching team is committed to giving to maximum exposure to students the latest development of the art and science of translation. One such example is a new course, Translation in the Digital World, where we give students an overview of how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is applied in translation and the principles of computer-aided translation (CAT). Over the years, AATI graduates have been admitted to the degree programmes offered by publicly funded universities with one of the highest articulation rates.



Arts and Humanities 






Kowloon City




2 years



63 CPS



Associate Degree 




Admission, entry requirements, fees and key dates

Applications can be submitted by the following methods:

  1. E-APP (for current year HKDSE only) 
  2. Online Application (for applicants with other qualifications)
  3. By Post / In Person (Application Form)

Click here for more information on admissions procedures.

Programme Specific Entry Requirements

  • No programme specific entrance requirements, however preference will be given to applicants with level 3 or above in HKDSE English Language.

General entry requirements


Application Fee

$150, waived for this year

Tuition Fee

Associate Degree Programmes

HK$1,800 per credit x
63 Credits required for Programme Completion
= HK$113,400

Associate of Social Science in Social Work

HK$2,600 per credit x 38 social work courses credit +
HK$1,800 per credit x 21 general Education credit +
HK$2,500 per credit x 15 fieldwork placement credit
= HK$174,100

Other Fees

A Graduation Fee of $400 will be charged upon enrolment in a programme.

Financial Assistance

Students enrolled in self-financing Bachelor/Associate Degree /Higher Diploma programmes are eligible to apply for financial assistance from the following sources:

  • Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (FASP)

Provides means-tested financial assistance to needy full-time students pursuing locally-accredited, self-financing post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree. The scheme aims to provide financial assistance to needy students so that no eligible students will be denied access to post-secondary education because of lack of means.

Enquiries:       2152 9000

  • Non-means Tested Loan Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (NLSPS)

The NLSPS is used to complement the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) to provide loan(s) to eligible students to settle tuition fees of locally-accredited, self-financing full-time post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree.

Enquiries:        2150 6222

  •  Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

Some of the AD programmes or course(s) in the AD programmes are included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes.

The CEF subsidizes students with learning aspirations to pursue continuing education and training courses without age limit. Eligible applicants enrolling on courses after 1 August 2022 will be reimbursed 80% of their fees on the first $10,000 and 60% on the second $15,000, subject to a maximum sum of HK$25,000 (whichever is the less), upon successful completion of a reimbursable programme/course(s).

Prior to 1 August 2022, the following condition will apply:

The CEF subsidizes students over 18 years of age with learning aspirations to pursue continuing education and training courses. Eligible applicants enrolling on courses between 1 April 2019 and 31 July 2022 will be reimbursed 80% of their fees on the first $10,000 and 60% on the second $10,000, subject to a maximum sum of HK$20,000 (whichever is the less), upon successful completion of a reimbursable programme/course(s).

Enquiries:        3142 2277

Semester A - 2020/2021

EventStart DateEnd Date
E-APP applications close (main round)   15 May 2020
E-APP applications close (second round)   30 June 2020
Orientation   28 August 2020
Teaching period

31 August 2020

28 November 2020

Add/Drop date without financial penalty   13 September 2020
Add/Drop date 50% tuition fee payable   10 October 2020
Student revision period

30 November 2020

5 December 2020

Examination period

7 December 2020

19 December 2020

Semester B - 2020/2021

EventState DateEnd Date
Teaching period

11 January 2021

23 April 2021

Add/Drop date without financial penalty   24 January 2021
Add/Drop date 50% tuition fee payable   27 February 2021
Student revision period

26 April 2021

1 May 2021

Examination period

3 May 2021 

15 May 2021

Summer Semester - 2020/2021

EventStart DateEnd Date
Teaching period

7 June 2021

24 July 2021

Student revision period

26 July 2021

31 July 2021

Examination period

2 August 2021

7 August 2021



Programme structure and outcomes

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this programme will be able to:

1. Communicate as competent and confident mediators in and between Chinese (written Chinese, Cantonese and Putonghua) and English at the associate professional level or as bachelor degree students with advanced standing;
2. Translate and interpret from English into Chinese and vice versa for the purpose of further studies and employment as para-professionals;
3. Demonstrate their enhanced knowledge of Chinese and English and apply it for effective cross-cultural communication;
4. Apply their enhanced general knowledge of society, culture and current affairs for effective cross-cultural communication;
5.  Demonstrate strong generic skills in interpersonal communication, analysis, criticism and documentation, both individually and as part of a team; and
6. Relate the major ideas in arts and humanities, science and technology to their own area of study.


  • Translation
  • Interpretation
  • Commercial Translation
  • Legal Translation
  • Translation for the Media & Public Services
  • Translation in the Digital Age
  • English Stylistics
  • Advanced Listening and Speaking Skills
  • Advanced Reading and Writing Skills
  • Contrastive Syntax and Discourse
  • Language, Society and the individual
  • Integrated Projects

To qualify for this award, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 63 credit points by satisfactory completion of the following core courses.

Course CodeCourse Name  
Programme Core
LAC14403 Contrastive Syntax and Discourse
LAC22401 English Stylistics
LAC23707 Language, Society and the Individual
LAC24401 Integrated Project I
LAC24402 Integrated Project II
LAC24406 Language Use in Public Services
LAC14400 Principles & Practice of Translation
LAC14406 Translation in the Digital Age
LAC14402 Principles & Practice of Interpretation
LAC14407 Translation for the Media
LAC24400 Intermediate Interpretation
LAC22465 Introduction to Legal Translation
LAC24403 Advanced Interpretation
LAC22403 Commercial Translation
Language Skills
LAC13706 Advanced English Reading and Writing
LAC13708 Advanced English Listening and Speaking

Advanced English Reading and Writing Skills


Practical Chinese

General Education

Information Technology: Applications and Impacts

CGE22412 Understanding Culture and Heritage in Contemporary Hong Kong

* for students who enter with HKDSE English Level 2 or equivalents must also take CGE2101 as an additional English course in Year 1 Sem B

An additional 2 General Education courses to be chosen as electives. 

Students are required to select one elective from the Society and Organisation domain, and at least one of the courses chosen must be level A2.

General Education courses must be selected across all three pf the following domains:

For students who are required to take CGE2101, students are required to choose one course at Level A2 from the Society and Organizations domain.

  • Tourism
  • Legal profession
  • Media
  • Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Public relations
  • Education

Any enquiry relating to the AATI programme should be directed to the Programme Leader, Ms Louisa Yuen.

Contact us

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Telephone: (852) 2707 3113
Fax: (852) 2707 3114

Address: 1/F, Le Billionnaire, 46 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong
[Sung Wong Toi MTR Station Exit B3]

College Office

Telephone: (852) 2707 3111
: (852) 2707 3222

Address: 1/F, Le Billionnaire, 46 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong

[Sung Wong Toi MTR Station Exit B3]

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