Elia Exchange

Elia Exchange is the acclaimed programme from Elia that bridges the gap between the academic and business worlds for the benefit and prosperity of the language industry. 

Our mission is to prepare the language professionals of tomorrow by: 

• Creating invaluable and innovative opportunities for first-hand experience for translation students, to complement their studies. 

• Connecting and joining forces with the academic institutions that offer higher education degree programmes for the language industry. 

• Helping language companies acquire staff that are more skilled and adept at responding to the rapidly changing needs of the industry. 

This is achieved through three interlinked mechanisms: 

EE Database 

The EE Database promotes internships, matching students’ interests and career plans with internship opportunities at language service companies. 

EE Forums 

EE Forums are held in-country to promote cooperation and dialogue between local industry stakeholders including academic institutions and language service companies. 

EE Memorandum of Understanding 

The EE Memorandum of Understanding is the backbone of Elia Exchange internships and ensures that language service companies apply best practice to provide valuable student experience. 

Who may participate

Elia Exchange is open to industry stakeholders with an interest in working collaboratively and cooperatively to benefit the future of the language industry.

With 30+ Academic Members from 17 countries, 20 National Coordinators covering 33 countries across 4 continents and 165+ students on the database, Elia Exchange is the leading programme from Elia that addresses the recognised talent gap in the language industry.

For more information and to register, go to the Elia Exchange website.

Language companies

Influence the future and professionalisation of the language industry. Sign up now to:

  • Share knowledge with academic institutions and impact how graduates are prepared for employment.
  • Connect with talented language professionals, with the assurance than new employees with an EE internship on their CV will not require lengthy induction training.
  • Enhance the visibility and profile for your company

Elia Exchange is available to Elia members that demonstrate their commitment to the EE Memorandum of Understanding through the EE Code of Conduct.

Academic institutions 

Improve the employability prospects of your students through access to a network of industry partners, a wider range of internship opportunities and a way of attracting new students.

Go to www.elia-exchange.org to find out more and to register to become an Academic Member. Membership costs €150 and lasts for 12 months. 

Students and recent graduates 

Secure your future as a language professional and access additional opportunities to prove your value to a potential employer.

To register with Elia Exchange, go to www.elia-exchange.org/student-application. 

Meet our Elia Exchange Academic Members

University of Antwerp, Gent University, University of Leuven, Vrije Universiteit Brussel 

Bosnia and Herzegovina
University of Tuzla 

Sofia University 

University of Osijek, University of Zadar, University of Zagreb

Czech Republic
University of South Bohemia

University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland 

Université de Haute-Alsace, University of Strasbourg 

Anhalt University of Applied Sciences 

University of Vilnius 

University of Montenegro 

Utrecht University 

Universidade do Minho, Universidade Nova de Lisboa 

University of Novi Sad 

Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, University of Prešov, Comenius University in Bratislava,
Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice 

University of Ljubljana, Univerza v Mariboru 

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya

United Kingdom
University of Leeds, University of Portsmouth, University of Surrey, University of Westminster