Ordinary Diploma in Community Interpreting


This is a professional course designed to train Community Interpreters to international standards for them to respond to the rising market in Africa, in particular since the number of migrants and other multicultural interaction has increased drastically in the recent years. Demand has grown, yet to date, Community Interpreting is essentially a non-regulated profession that lacks uniform standards when it comes to quality, training, ethics, remuneration or a shared definition. Apart from the term Community Interpreters, other, overlapping terms that are in use are: public service interpreting, dialogue interpreting, cultural mediation or ad hoc interpreting, often performed by a relative or personal associate to the client, which may entail the risk of bias.

Exams Regulations
    1. Written Examinations
      1. The common regulations for written examinations for the University of Nairobi shall apply.
      2. Candidates shall have their coursework examined at the end of the semester in which the courses have been taken.
      3. The assessment for each course unit shall consist of:
  1. A two-hour end of semester practical and written examination that shall constitute 70% of the total marks.
  2. Continuous coursework assessment based on practical assignments, term papers and seminar presentations shall constitute 30% of the total marks.
      1. A candidate who fails any course unit in a semester shall be allowed to take the supplementary examination(s) in the course unit(s) failed.
      2. A pass obtained in the supplementary examination will be recorded as a pass of 40%.
      3. A candidate who fails a supplementary examination shall be allowed to repeat the failed supplementary examination twice.
      4. A candidate who fails in more than one-third of the course units in an academic year or fails a supplementary examination at the second attempt or fails to complete the programme within the stipulated period shall, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners for the Centre and approval by the University of Nairobi Senate, be discontinued.

In case of an examination irregularity by any student, the Commission for University Education (CUE) regulations on what constitutes an examination irregularity and the corresponding disciplinary action shall apply.  

The Diploma in Community interpreting is undertaken within a duration of three semesters. Students will have to complete three (3) units in each semester covering a total of nine (9) units for the three semesters. Upon successful completion of the course work in the three semesters aforementioned, students will proceed to the fourth semester where they will be required to select a research topic as guided by the supervisors, which will enable them to write a research project. Students who successfully complete and pass their research projects and having passed all their course work units will thus graduate.

The common admission regulations governing diploma courses at the University of Nairobi shall apply. The entry requirements for the Diploma in Community Interpreting shall be: 

  1. KCSE Mean Grade C- (minus) and C plain in English or  Kiswahili; or
  2. KCSE mean grade C- (minus) and a certificate  in any field from a recognized post-secondary institution; or
  3. KCE Division III and a certificate in any field from a recognized post-secondary institution; or
  4. KACE 1 principal pass; or
  5. University degree in any field from a recognized institution; or 
  6. Equivalents of the above qualifications
  7. Competence in English, one other UN or an African language, offered at the Centre for Translation and Interpretation, will be confirmed through an aptitude test administered at the Centre.
  • Staff Interpreters
  • Freelance Interpreters
  • Court Interpreters
  • Public service Interpreters

Tuition Fee (Minimum number of units is 9 @15,000.00 per unit) 135,000

Fourth Semester  (Research Project) 15,000

Mandatory Charges

Registration Fee 4,000

Student ID card 500 per annum

Caution Money (refundable) 5,000 once

Examination Fee  1,000 per unit

Medical Fee 5,000 per annum

Computer Fee 5,000 per annum

Activity Fee  2,000 per annum

UNSA (Student Organization) 500 per annum)

Simulation Overhead 10,000


NOTE: Foreign students from outside the partner states of the Northern Corridor Integration Project (Republics of Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan) will pay 25% more on all the charges


Full scholarships Scholarships have been availed to refugees by UNHCR