iDELTA is the Institute for the Development of Languages and Translation in Africa. We offer high-quality, BA-level training to students engaged in language development work across Africa. The anglophone program is taught in English and is based in East Africa.
Students choose from one of five tracks of interactive and practical training that they can apply directly to their work:
- Bible Translation
- Scripture Engagement (including trauma healing and use of media)
- Literacy (including multilingual education and mother-tongue literacy
- Language Survey
Each student follows one of these tracks through three 8-week sessions of courses spread across three years.
We are pleased to announce that the next iDELTA cohort will be joining us in May 2024. The AC1 course of iDELTA will be running from the 6th of May to the 28th of June 2024 in Nairobi, Kenya. We will be offering courses in the Translation, Literacy, Survey and Scripture Engagement tracks. There will be no GTA.
Academic Course 3
Our next 8-week session of courses, AC3, is currently scheduled to run from 5 June through 28 July 2023 in Entebbe, Uganda. The application deadline is April 30, 2023.
Returning students: check back for the registration form for AC3.
Application information can be found here. If you have questions, please write to the Registrar.
What does iDELTA teach?
The iDELTA program was developed to meet the translation and language development training needs in Africa. We seek to provide the competencies needed for those seeking to work in language development or providing access to scripture. This is a bachelor level program, accredited by partner universities. Applicants for iDELTA must have completed secondary education or demonstrate equivalent qualifications and be proficient in English.
More detailed information can be found in this document:
For more information about the costs for iDELTA and what those costs cover, click here. We offer a non-residential option for residents of Uganda.
Please contact us with any questions.