The Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS) is Gallaudet University's one-stop office for all things international. It is comprised of two units, Global Education and Scholar Services and International Student Services:
Global Education and Scholar Services (GESS) offers a broad range of services and activities for students, faculty, and professionals at Gallaudet and provides programs for visiting students, scholars, researchers, and professionals who are interested in coming to Gallaudet. GESS programs include:
Gallaudet The Global Internship Program gives students opportunities to gain practical experiences and be involved in world affairs. It allows Gallaudet undergraduate and graduate students to do internships overseas, where they have the opportunity to work with deaf, hard of hearing, and/or hearing populations for various periods of time, up to one full semester.
The Global Partnership Program fosters international partnerships between the Gallaudet University community and Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities or organizations in other countries. The Global Partnership Program Provides educational preparation and in-service programs, technical assistance, international placement for students, and opportunities for cultural exchange.
The International Visiting Scholar Program is designed for international school personnel, researchers, professionals, and students from other countries who are not pursuing an academic degree at Gallaudet University. The program is individually designed to meet the needs of each scholar, in which participants can audit courses, gain practical experience by being exposed to what is happening at Gallaudet, visit schools, organizations, and agencies. There are great opportunities to do intensive data collection in acquiring specific information and skills relating to deafness. This is a one- or two-semester, non-degree program. Areas of interest include the education of deaf children, teacher training, social work, career education, leadership development, sign language, linguistics, and Deaf studies.
The Leadership Training Program provides Gallaudet's international in-coming and out-going students with a series of leadership training seminars on campus to help them to become future leaders. In addition, CIPS provides seminars or training to both deaf and hearing people in countries around the world.
Gallaudet offers the Study Abroad Program to students who are interested in traveling overseas to study the cultures, languages, and other areas in the humanities. The Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS) collaborates with individual academic departments in designing each program related to their classes and cultural studies.
Participants usually spend three to six weeks studying and traveling. Some of the countries visited by students on previous tours include China, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Czech Republic/Germany/Poland, India, Indonesia, Italy and Kenya.
Departments that have offered study abroad in the last several years include: Business, Counseling, Education, Educational Foundations and Research, English, History, Social Work, and World Languages and Cultures. Foreign language courses offered in French, Spanish, German, and Italian are offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures.
Students interested in Study Abroad should consult with CIPS and the appropriate academic department. For information on Foreign Language courses offered, please see the Department of World Languages and Cultures section of this catalog.
The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. The U.S Student Fulbright Program is designed to give masters and doctoral candidates and recent B.S./B.A. graduates or graduating seniors opportunities for personal development, academic enrichment and international experience. Opportunities for faculty to participate in Fulbright Scholar Program or other international scholar exchange activities are also available.
International Student Services provides immigration and visa regulatory services and resources to international students as well as visa advice to U.S. students, faculty and staff planning foreign travel in their educational pursuits. The office also assists with academic advising, conflict resolution, and assistance in planning cultural events. ISS works in cooperation with other departments and units of the University to ensure that all international students and scholars are in compliance with current immigration regulations.