Study in China

Spring 2014

"Deaf Chinese: Visual Expressions and Daily Life"

China Study Abroad Group


The course is composed of two "modules": (1) an on-campus class that meets in the Spring 2014 semester, taught by experienced instructors with diverse specializations, and (2) an educational trip to China, lasting two weeks (May 19-June 1, 2013). The course is worth three credits.

1.     The on-campus class: WLC 395-Spring 2014

a.      Give an introduction to Chinese Deaf approach to visual expressions through painting, photography, dance, theater, and architectural design. Traditional and contemporary artistic media and concepts in both China and America will be introduced, compared, and discussed;

b.     Teach you about the Deaf Chinese way of life. You will have the opportunity to learn basic Chinese Sign Language (CSL), deaf culture in China, and brief Chinese history. You will engage in learning activities using visual-gestural communication techniques and visual exercises.

The student who is accepted must register for WLC-395 during the Spring registration period.

2.     The educational trip in China

a.      Provide you an opportunity to gain real-world experience and learn valuable insights into deaf people's daily life in China while immersing yourself in traditional and local culture;

b.     Encourage you to practice and improve your Chinese Sign Language skills as well as build in-depth knowledge and international experience in China. Getting to know the locals and experiencing the real life culture in China. Students will discover the way of life in China with all its subtleties. 

*Your performance will be taught by deaf Chinese people based at Beijing Union University (BUU) which will support the learning activities. There will be a field trip to Fujian Tulou (Xiamen) area in Southern China to see and learn how its architecture influenced the development of Deaf Space concepts at Gallaudet.

**At the end of the spring 2014 semester, you will be assigned a temporary grade of "IP" ("in progress"); this will be converted into a letter grade upon completion of a final summary report and assessment, due after returning from China.


All applicants must:

Be highly interested in:

  1. Visual expressions-painting, photography, dance, theater, design and architecture
  2. Foreign languages include sign languages
  3. Chinese way of life-both Deaf and Hearing

  • Be a current full-time Gallaudet student
  • Demonstrate high academic achievement and active involvement in an organization
  • Be willing to step out of comfort zone and thinking outside the box
  • Submit application, transcript, and two recommendation letters from two faculty or staff at Gallaudet whom is familiar with your academic/personal ability.
  • Will be required to have an interview after November 8, 2013.
  • Register for a Chinese related course (3 credits) in Spring 2014 (will be required to get special permission from an instructor from Mr. Hansel Bauman or Ms. Jiayi Zhou before registering for this course)

***Only ten students will be accepted into the course/trip; each will receive a monetary award to cover most of the trip to China. See cost details below.


Contact the Office of International Programs and Services (HMB E254) for application materials. All documents and the completed application must be submitted by the application deadline of November 8, 2013. Late applications can be considered on a space-available basis. Acceptance into the program will depend in part upon the quality of your application and the strength of letters of recommendation. If you are not accepted, you will be notified prior to the beginning of the spring semester, and you will have to withdraw from the course.  Students accepted to the program are expected to immediately make a non-refundable deposit of $200.00.


  • Round trip economy airfare from Washington Dulles to China        
  • Depart from Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 18, 2014 (to Beijing).
  • Return to Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 1, 2014 (from Beijing).
  • Van transportation to /from Gallaudet and DC airport.
  • Airport transfers in Beijing
  • Travel Insurance (basic medical/trip cancellation/baggage/emergency evacuation)
  • Basic insurance coverage by Travel Guard Group Protection- Chartis
  • Optional, increased coverage may be purchased. Contact Study Abroad Office.
  • Sign language interpretation (ASL-English) throughout the trip.
  • Gallaudet academic instructors who are expert in the study area.

Study in Beijing (May 19-27)

  • Instruction at Beijing Union University (BUU) in Beijing, China
  • Use of the Beijing Union University's facilities
  • Local Interpreting (spoken, signed)
  • Double occupancy dorm room at BUU (8 nights, May 19-27)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (in the BUU student cafeteria or in local restaurants)Admission fees to sites, gratuities, and services fees
    • Monies may be given to each student for their meals in Beijing, in which case the student is expected to budget their meal expenditures.
  • Transportation in Beijing (bus, subway)
  • Local Deaf guides
  • Honorarium for local instructors in Beijing
  • Admission fee in Beijing

Study in Xiamen (May 27-June 1, 5 nights)

  • Economy airfare from Beijing to Xiamen
  • Economy airfare from Xiamen to Washington, DC
  • Meals (in Xiamen region)
  • Five (5) breakfasts, Four (4) lunches, Five (5) dinners
  • Five (5) nights hotel accommodations in the Xiamen region
  • Round trip airport transfers in Xiamen
  • Motor coach transportation in Xiamen region
  • Tours with guide in Xiamen region
  • Entry fees and gratuities in Xiamen region


The actual cost of the trip exceeds $5,500 per person (including accompanying sign language interpreters). However, most expenses will be paid by Gallaudet University and the U.S. Department of State (grant # S-ECAAS-12-GR-127KF), as part of a pilot to improve study abroad for deaf and hard of hearing people. The student will need to pay a minor share of the costs as shown below. In exchange, the student agrees to cooperate in efforts to help the university improve its study abroad program, by providing feedback about the study abroad experience.

Share of trip costs to be paid by the student:  $600.00 plus personal expenditures (below)

  • Two-hundred ($200) nonrefundable deposit to be paid at time of acceptance.
  • Four-hundred ($400) balance to be paid by January 31, 2014.


  • Procuring a Passport (~$155.00 - if you do not already have a passport.)
  • Apply yourself and pay fee directly US Passport Office/Post Office.
  • Apply early! You must have a passport in hand by February 2014.
  • If you already have a passport, then your passport's expiration date should be no earlier than earlier than December 2013.
  • Tourist visa for China ($140-required). Your passport and fee will be collected at Gallaudet in the Spring; we will process the visa for you.
  • Immunization fees (check with your physician early!)

During the trip, some "out of pocket" expenses should be anticipated, depending on the individual's choices:

  • Currency exchange fees, Souvenirs
  • Any room charges such as in-room entertainment and laundry
  • Any extra fees, such as change of route, additional tickets, excess baggage charges, etc.
  • Any meals taken on your own, away from the scheduled program.

Financial Aid:  Financial aid resources, such as vocational rehabilitation (VR), may be used to make an overseas experience affordable. Please contact Gallaudet University's Financial Aid Office to learn more about using your financial aid for study abroad.


The trip will comprise up to ten students led by 3-4 Gallaudet staff, faculty and interpreters. The travellers are expected to strictly follow the set itinerary, and to return with the group to Washington, D.C.

*All travel must be conducted according to Gallaudet's travel policy (2.05 Travel). See


If or your parents you have any questions, or require any additional information, please contact us at: Or call (202) 651-5150--OIPS' Executive Secretary.

Responsible office:

Office of International Program and Services (OIPS)
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-3695.

Contact person:  Lawrence Musa, MBA, Global Education Specialist
Program administrator:
Charles Reilly, Ph.D., Director.

OIPS is under the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, Continuing Studies, and International Programs.

This activity is funded by U.S. State Department grant S-ECAAS-12-GR-127KF, with the aim of strengthening Gallaudet's study abroad program, especially in China.


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