About CCIC


The Cambridge Conference Interpretation Course (CCIC) has run annually since 1985. It is a unique, high-level, specialised training course carefully tailored to the needs of experienced practising conference interpreters. The Course is run by Christopher Guichot de Fortis, staff Senior Interpreter at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, and Julia Poger, freelance interpreter. The CCIC format is at once intensive yet relaxed, and demanding yet friendly.


Cambridge and its University have always been the cradle of the CCIC. The Course is housed in the agreeable and professional Hilton Cambridge City Centre Hotel, within a stone’s throw of several Colleges, the Market Square, the Grand Arcade shopping centre and a number of University faculty buildings.

The CCIC combines a high level of comfort, equipment, and facilities with the lowest available prices and, as always, offers a choice of three packages with no hidden costs. Tariffs for hotel rooms and meals are particularly competitive for the facilities offered.


The Course Directors comprise respected and highly experienced interpreters from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from the freelance market on both sides of the Atlantic to staff interpretation forInternational Institutions.Many are former or current chief interpreters.  Most work bi-actively, and are long-standing members of examining boards for, and teach on a regular basis at, a range of internationally recognised interpreting schools. All work in such venues as the ECJ, EU, NATO, OECD and UN. The overall student-teacher ratio does not exceed 2.5 to 1.

Course format

Our format is constantly fine-tuned in light of student and trainer feedback.
We function on a non-profit basis, with Course Directors offering their time and expertise free of charge.


The Cambridge Conference Interpretation Course is not an interpreting school, and students are expected to be capable of working at a professional level.

International Organizations…

In recent years the CCIC has enjoyed the confidence of International Organisations such as ECOWAS, the George C. Marshall Center, German Ministries of Defense and Finance, the ICJ, the Islamic Development Bank, NATO, the OPCW, and the UN, all of which have sent staff interpreters as students on the Course.

2024 Info at a Glance…

2024 session dates

4 – 17 August 2024

Working languages for this session

English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.

Course Venue

Hilton Cambridge City Centre
Downing St,
Cambridge CB2 3DT,
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Biactive Young Interpreter Places

There are two student places available for young interpreters with a FR<>EN biactive profile.
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2025 session dates

3 – 15 August 2025

Economic Community
of West African States

European Center
for Security Studies

Development Bank

Organisation for the Prohibition
of Chemical Weapons