Free student membership

Join CIOL today as a Student Affiliate and you'll become a Career Affiliate after successfully completing your qualification. Student Affiliate is the first step on your career ladder to becoming a Chartered Linguist.

Student Affiliate membership is open to all language undergraduate and postgraduate students studying in the UK and overseas. Applicants will normally be working towards achieving:

  • a degree in a foreign language
  • a joint honours degree which includes a foreign language
  • a post-graduate programme in a foreign language or specialism such as translation or interpreting

If you are a linguist preparing for or intending to take an IoLET professional qualification you should join as an IoLET Affiliate.


Why join?

Professional recognition

Becoming a Student Affiliate demonstrates that you are on the pathway to becoming a professional member and a Chartered Linguist, helping to improve your career prospects.

Continuing Professional Development

Membership will confirm your commitment to CPD, quality and standards, providing you with a valuable competitive edge when seeking employment or starting your career as a freelance linguist.

Networking

You can join any of three professional divisions helping you to build your own network and giving you the opportunity to interact with practising linguists.

Forums

Access to online forums; a source of advice from fellow Student Affiliates and practising linguists.

Get involved

Raise your profile by contributing to discussions and find out more about your future career options as a linguist.

Discounts and savings

Savings on a range of products and services through CIOL Advantage including 20% discount on your NUS student discount card (£10.00 for 13 months plus 1 year free ISIC). You could make some serious savings on a range of everyday items such as 25% off at Zizzi, Presso and Chiquito, 40% off at Pizza Express and 50% off Spotify premium packages.

Webinars

Access to a range of webinars, through our partner organisation eCPD Webinars for under grads and post grads thinking about a career using languages plus career guidance.

Journal

A free digital copy of CIOL's professional journal The Linguist, published six times a year.


What does it cost?

Student Affiliate membership of CIOL is free.


When can I join?

The membership year runs from 1 September to 31 August. You may apply at any time. Your membership will be active until your anticipated course completion date. On successful completion of your course you can simply upgrade to Career Affiliate, the next step on your route to becoming a Chartered Linguist.


What do I do next?

You will need written confirmation of course enrolment from your course provider to upload as part of your application. This should be on official letterhead and include the course title and the dates when the course begins and ends. It can be an image, PDF or Word file. You will also need to provide your personal email address and be aware of the Terms and Conditions of membership which can be found on page 6 of the Admissions Criteria.


Join online today

Simply complete our online form to become a student member today.

For further information on how to apply and/or admissions criteria, please contact the membership team.