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Translation & editing

The Academic Language Centre interpreting and translation service has extensive experience in translating to and from Dutch and English. Our services are characterised by professionalism, quality, and reliability.


We offer efficient and competent translation of all types of documents, both academic and non-academic, ranging from PhD theses to correspondence, project documentation, training manuals and technical handbooks.

Editing and proofreading

If you have translated your text to Dutch or English yourself, we can proofread, edit, and revise it for you. The proofreading and editing is done by native speakers, who will, of course, bear in mind your personal style and target audience.


Our rates are based on a number of factors which include the type of text, the size of the document and the deadline.

The standard rate for translations is €0,21 per word for clients within Leiden University. No VAT is charged for internal clients. For external clients the rate is € 0,23 per word and VAT will be charged.

For editing there is an hourly rate of € 70 per hour for internal clients and € 80 per hour for external clients. VAT will be charged for external clients.

Urgent requests

  • Within 24 hours (and no more than 2 pages): standard rate + 30%
  • Within 2 days (and no more than 4 pages): standard rate + 20%

Longer documents: standard rate plus 20%, depending on the deadline, capacity and availability of translators at that time.

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