Illinois High School Translation Competition

The European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites high school students from Illinois to take part in a translation competition featuring five Less Commonly Taught Languages: Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, and Swedish. Students will translate a B2/C1, 450-700-word text from one of the five languages into English. The texts, which range from literature to news articles, have been chosen by University of Illinois faculty and graduate students. The 2022-23 Illinois High School Translation Competition aims to promote the study of Less Commonly Taught Languages and to provide high school students with an opportunity to get hands-on experience in translation. 

Please check back for information on this year's translation competition and see here for the results of last year's competition.


All students who are enrolled in high school in Illinois during the 2022-23 academic year are eligible to participate. Home-schooled students who reside in Illinois are also eligible to participate.


Students may enter the competition independently, or teachers may coordinate the participation of multiple students. The translation of the text must be the individual student’s independent work, without help from others. The use of print and online dictionaries is permitted, but students should not use machine translation services such as Google Translate.


The competition will be judged by university faculty and instructors who have native or near-native knowledge of the target languages and who have experience with translation. One winning entry will be chosen for each of the five target languages.


The five winners of the 2022-23 Illinois High School Translation Competition will be given a prize and a certificate from the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, and the winners will be recognized at an award ceremony in spring 2023.

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