Study in China

Spring 2014

"WLC 395-Deaf Chinese: Visual Expressions and Daily Life"  


                        Travel grants are available to 10 Gallaudet students   


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, 2014). The course is worth three credits. The student who is accepted must register for WLC-395 during the Spring registration period.

Goals for the on-campus element (Jan 22-May 10, 2014

  • Have an introduction to the Chinese Deaf approach to visual expressions through painting, photography, dance, theater, and architectural design.
  • Learn about traditional and contemporary artistic media and concepts in both China and America will be introduced, compared, and discussed;
  • Learn 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 history of the Deaf in China. You will engage in learning activities using visual-gestural communication techniques and visual exercises.  

 Goals for the educational trip in China (May 19-June 1, 2014)

  • 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;
  • Encourage you to practice and improve your CSL 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.   


  • Be highly interested in:
    • Visual expressions-painting, photography, dance, theater, design, and architecture
    • Foreign languages including sign languages
    • Both Deaf and hearing Chinese Culture
  • Be a current full-time Gallaudet student
  • Demonstrate high academic achievement and active involvement in an organization
  • Be willing to step out of their comfort zone and think outside of the box
  • Submit their application, transcript, and two recommendation letters from two Gallaudet faculty or staff members who are familiar with the applicant's academic/personal ability.
  • Have an interview with the course supervisors after November 8, 2013.
  • Register for WLC 395- "Deaf Chinese: Visual Expressions and Daily Life" for the Spring 2014 semester.

***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 your 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 Xiamen).
  • Van transportation to /from Gallaudet and DC airport.
  • Airport transfers in Beijing
  • Travel Insurance (basic medical/trip cancellation/baggage/emergency evacuation and more

Study in Beijing (May 19-27) includes

  • 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 dorm at BUU (8 nights, May 19-27)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (in the BUU student cafeteria or in local restaurants)
    • Money may be given to each student for their meals in Beijing, in which case the student is expected to budget their meal expenditures while in Beijing
  • Admission fees to sites, gratuities, and services fees
  • Transportation in Beijing (bus, subway)
  • Local Deaf guided tour
  • Honorarium for local instructors in Beijing
  •  Admission fee in Beijing

 Study in Xiamen (May 27-June 1)   

  •  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  

Trip fees: The student is responsible for paying $600 towards above expenses.  ($200 nonrefundable deposit paid at time of acceptance, $400 by January 31.)  Actually, the cost of the trip exceeds $4,000 per person; the remainder is being paid by a grant from the U.S. Department of State (S-ECAAS-12-GR-127KF). In exchange, the student agrees to cooperate in efforts to help the university improve its study abroad program, through providing feedback about the study abroad experience.

Financial Aid:  Financial aid resources can be used to make an overseas experience affordable. Please visit the Gallaudet University Financial Aid Office to learn more about using your federal financial aid for study abroad.     

Additional Expenses to be paid by student (not included in the trip fee)   

  •  Passport/Photos (~$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- Personal Expenditures Some "out of pocket" expenses should be anticipated, depending on the individual's choices:

  • Currency exchange fee
  • 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.  

University policy regarding travel The trip will comprise up to ten students led by 3-4 Gallaudet staff, faculty and interpreters. The travelers 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  

Questions? If or your parents you have any questions, or require any additional information, please contact us at:

Responsible office: Office of International Program and Services (HMB E254) , 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., Interim Director.

OIPS is under the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, Continuing Studies, and International Programs (Carol J. Erting, Ph.D.).  

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, esp. in China.