Adapt Technology Products for Global Markets
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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 basic English language skills to participate in this program. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
International students are welcome to apply to an online offering of this program, which doesn’t require a visa. To enroll in a classroom offering, you must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This certificate program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. 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 regularly attending class and 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
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.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Attend class in person and engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Assignments and other course materials are delivered through Canvas, a web-based learning management system that also serves as a communications hub. You must attend at least 60 percent of your class sessions in person. You may view the remainder online, either as recorded sessions or in real time (limit of two live-streamed sessions per quarter).
Courses are streamed online in real time from the classroom. You interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, using Adobe Connect web conferencing software. Assignments and other course materials are delivered through Canvas, a web-based learning management system that also serves as a communications hub.For added flexibility, each quarter you may view recordings of up to 40 percent of your class sessions instead of attending in real time. You also can attend the classroom sessions in person if space is available.
Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.
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After working as a translator and English teacher in Spain, Keely Byron decided to take the Certificate in Localization to expand her career horizons. Read about her experience in the program and the career it made possible.
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