International Visitor Program: Support Services
There are two types of special support offered to international visitors via RSIA's International Visitor Program (IVP):
A. If you are a prospective student or family member: please see the schedule of tours on the Visitors Center Website. You are free to join the scheduled tours without an appointment. However, the tours are given using American Sign Language only. So if you need interpreters or other support to discuss studying at Gallaudet, fill out the International Visitor Support Request Form. The Admissions Office will receive your request and contact you.
B. International visitors who have a more in-depth interest in the University--individuals or groups who want to engage in or share their expertise in training, education, and/or research, for example, that will improve the lives of deaf people--may be able to arrange for services that support these initiatives during their visit to campus. These services, which are arranged through the Office of Research Support and International Affairs (RSIA), include:
- Lectures or panel discussions by experts in a particular discipline
- Meetings with faculty, students, department chairs, program directors, or administrators in a wide variety of fields
- Classroom observation
In order to facilitate communication during visits, RSIA can assist with scheduling American Sign Language interpreters through the Gallaudet Interpreting Service, and interpreters from outside agencies to interpret from the visitors' native language to English. International visitors are solely responsible for the payment of interpreter costs; this is non-negotiable. To allow sufficient time to make arrangements for services of this nature, requests must be made at least FOUR WEEKS before a visit by completing the International Visitor Support Request Form. Please be advised that due to limited resources, RSIA is not able to grant all requests for services. RSIA reviews each request carefully in deciding whether to accept or deny a request for services to determine if it meets Gallaudet University's goals in three areas:
1. Expand International Enrollment
- The visitor is a government or corporate representative or donor interested in opportunities for potential students who may have qualifications to study at Gallaudet.
2. Current or Potential International Relations/Partnerships
- The visit is likely to lead to a partnership with the visitor's institution or government or a potential donor.
- The visitor has existing relationship with Gallaudet University through a cooperative agreement or reciprocal connection.
3. Enhance Academic and Intercultural Exchange
- The visitor is coming for a program of study or research effort that is in line with Gallaudet's existing programs. For more extended periods, these individuals will become special students (see International Student Support Program-ISSP) or visiting researchers (see International Visiting Researchers Program-IVRP).
- The visitor will bring substantial two-way benefits to the campus that enrich campus scholarship and internationalization.
- A past or existing scholarly collaboration between the visitor and a campus unit can be rekindled or enhanced.