International Special Student Program (ISSP)

The International Special Student Program (ISSP) at Gallaudet University is a study program designed for people from outside the United States who are interested in studying at Gallaudet University for up to one year. Gallaudet is authorized by the U.S. Department of State to operate the ISSP program. The ISSP is individually designed to meet the needs of each person by allowing them to take courses for credit or non-credit (audit) at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. There are also great opportunities for self-directed research. While ISSP is a non-degree program, it may be a way for you to prepare for entering a college degree program later.

Many students from around the world with a professional interest in the education of deaf and hard of hearing people, their language, and their history and culture find the ISSP ideal for their learning needs.

As an ISSP student at Gallaudet University, you have the unique opportunity to achieve your personal and professional goals in a barrier­free environment. Our liberal arts curriculum allows you to develop your individual skills while preparing you to be a vital part of an increasingly globalized world.  We hope you will soon join our proud and strong community of excellence.  

Each student will be assigned a mentor who is an expert in the particular area the student wishes to learn about. Research Support and International Affairs welcomes your application to the ISSP program. We encourage you to take the time necessary to make sure that the documents in the link are a complete and fair representation of your goals and interests. Our staff is available to assist you throughout the application process. We hope you will soon join our proud and strong community of excellence.

Please open the International Special Student and International Visiting Researcher profiles link here to find out about three individuals who benefited from Gallaudet's programs for international visiting students and researchers.

For More International Special Student Program Information, Please Contact:

Danilo Torres, MA, International Liaison Specialist
Research Support and International Affairs
1-­202-­651-­5150 (Voice)
1­-202­-651­-5746 (Fax)
1­-202-­268-­6835 (Video phone) 

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