Prospective International Students

Welcome to Gallaudet University and greetings from International Student Services! Below you will find information for your contact person who will be assisting you through the application process. 

English Language Institute Information:

Your contact person: Ali Sanjabi, Coordinator of Operations
Department: English Language Institute
Website: English Language Institute

International Undergraduate Programs Information:  

Your contact person: Tabitha Jacques, Admissions Counselor
Department: Admissions Office
Website: Admissions for International Students

Graduate School Programs Information:

Your contact person: Wednesday Luria, Coordinator, Prospective Graduate Student Services
Department: Graduate Admissions
Website: Graduate Admissions 

International Visiting Student Programs Information:

Your contact person: Lawrence Musa, Global Education Specialist
Department: Global Education and Scholar Services
Website: Global Education and Scholar Services           

International Transfer Information:

Your contact person: Kara Gagnon, Transfer/Articulation Coordinator
Department: Registrar’s Office
Website: Transfer Credits

Please read through and follow the steps for admission below. Included are instructions on how to complete your application and forms. It is important that you read all the directions carefully. 

Step One: Application and Acceptance

English Language Institute or International Undergraduate Programs: To apply for Gallaudet as an ELI student or an undergraduate student, you must complete an application form.

Graduate School Programs: To apply for Gallaudet as a Graduate or Ph.D. student, you must complete an application form online only. 

Step Two:  Certification of Finances Form

Upon acceptance to Gallaudet University as an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. student, you are required to complete the 2013 – 2014 Certification of Finances Form.

The purpose of the Certification of Finances Form is to help Gallaudet University obtain complete and accurate information about the funds available to international applicants or admitted students who want to study in the United States.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations require that all international applicants or admitted students provide evidence of adequate financial support before they may obtain an I-20 Form (Step Three). You are required to submit BOTH the complete Certification of Finances Form and original, official financial documents that show you have sufficient funds to pay for university expenses including tuition, books, fees, supplies, insurance, and living expenses.  If your Certificate of Finances Form is not completed or received and approved, you will not receive the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form for F1).

Step Three: Form I-20

Once your Certification of Finances Form is completed, reviewed and approved, International Student Services will send you an I-20, which will be needed for you to obtain a visa. A Form I-20 is an immigration document form that tells the U.S. government that you are eligible for F-1 Student Status.  It certifies that: 

1. You are or expect to be a “bona fide” student.

 2. You meet the admissions requirements.

 3. You will pursue a full course of study.

 4. You must prove us that you have sufficient funds to pay for university expenses including tuition, books, fees, supplies, insurance, and living expenses without working illegally orsuffering from poverty.

Some international students do not need I-20 Forms. J-1 students need Form DS-2019 and should contact the Global Education and Scholar Services. B Visitors and F-2 dependents must obtain an I-20 Form and apply for a change of status to F-1 student to pursue a course of study that is not a vocational or recreational in nature. If you are in other non-immigrant status in the U.S., you don’t need an I-20 Form.  Send photocopies of your current visa, passport, both sides of I-94, and your immigration status with your application. Dependent children in E, H, I, J, L, M, N, O, P, R or S status need to change status after their 21st birthday or if they marry. If you are a permanent resident, refugee or person with political asylum status, send copies of your immigration documents with your application. If you are transferring from a U.S. college or university, send photocopies of your current visa, passport, both sides of I-94, and the Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (F-1) status with your application.

Step Four: SEVIS FEE

You are required to pay $200 for your SEVIS fee. Effective September 1, 2004, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires the collection of a one-time fee of $200 from certain international students and visiting scholars. The fee is required to cover operational costs of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).  Students or exchange visitors who are issued an initial Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 on or after September 1, 2004 are responsible for paying this fee before going to their Embassy or Consulate.

Step Five: Student Visa

After receiving your acceptance letter from Gallaudet, you must apply at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country for the student visa. You will be responsible for making an appointment with a consulate at an Embassy nearest your place of residence after receiving the I-20 with the SEVIS so you can receive the F-1 student visa. The F-1 visa is the most often used visa by international students to study at an accredited U.S. college, university, or English language institute. Students on F-1 visas come to the United States for a full degree program.

It is important to remember that acceptance to Gallaudet University does not guarantee issuance of the student visa. The U.S. Consulate abroad will have the final decision to grant or deny the student visa. When meeting with a U.S. consulate aboard, you will be expected to present the Form I-20 with your SEVIS Fee receipt, your Gallaudet letter of acceptance and proof of financial support.

Canadian students: A Canadian citizen does not need a visa for entering the United States as a student. At the border-crossing point, you will have to present your passport, the SEVIS Form I-20, your SEVIS receipt, your admission letter from Gallaudet University, and financial support documents to the U.S. Immigration Officer.

Financial Resources
Please click on the link below to view the list of scholarships.
World Deaf Leadership Fund
Sasakawa Foundation International Scholarship Fund

Non-Gallaudet Scholarships for International Students
Fulbright Programs
CIEE Study Abroad
Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program

Canadian Students Only
StudentAid BC
– British Colombia, Canada
Contact Person: Theresa Cownden
Website: StudentAid BC

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
- Ontario, Canada
Contact Person: Sherry Britton (TCU)
2013-2014 Program Information Form
Website: Ontario Student Assistance Program

Please note that this information is provided as a guide only and is not considered a contract or binding by the University. We hope you will soon join our proud and strong community. Best of luck!

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