Adapt Technology Products for Global Markets
Next start date
October 9, 2017
The software business is a huge and growing segment of the global economy, as governments and industries throughout the world move to modernize and upgrade their IT systems. This growth has created demand for trained professionals who can help companies customize their products and services for success in foreign markets.
In this three-course certificate program, you’ll gain practical skills for customizing all kinds of software and technology offerings to serve specific markets. We’ll explore localization tools such as machine translation, terminology management and global content management systems. You’ll build on your existing skills with foreign languages as you gain a solid understanding of localization project management and engineering practices.
Professionals working in software localization and those who want to enter the field.
Basic computer skills, including Internet browsing, word-processing and the ability to use spreadsheets (including the writing of simple formulas), are required.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
Because this offering is 100 percent online, no visa is required and international students are welcome to apply. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
You earn the certificate by successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
Danielle Marcos, a graduate of the Certificate in Localization: Customizing Software for the World, discusses how the program helped her advance in her career.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Introduction to Localization
Localization Project Management
Certificate in Localization: Customizing Software for the World
Approved by the UW Department of Computer Science & Engineering, the UW Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, and the UW Department of Linguistics.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Paul Aoki, Director, UW Language Learning Center
Laura Brandon, Chief Operating Officer, Globalization and Localization Association
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
Carla di Franco, Program Manager, Microsoft
Barbara Karsch, Terminology Consultant and Trainer, BIK Terminology
Hiram Machado, President, Adaquest
Toshiyuki Ogihara, Professor, UW Linguistics
Donna Parrish, Editor in Chief, Multilingual
Warren Peet, Sr Engineering Manager, Adobe
Louise Rebelo, Program Manager, Adobe
Guta Ribeiro, Group Program Manager, Adobe
Shannon Shaper, People Programs Manager, Google
Pavel Soukinek, Moravia Worldwide, Account Manager
Lalitha Subramanian, Assistant Director, Academic Programs, UW Professional & Continuing Education
Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »
Download the application form (PDF)
This program is full, but you may join the waitlist by submitting an application. If you’re not offered a spot in the program, you’ll have the chance defer your enrollment to the next offering.
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due four weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
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