As an international student, you will have many opportunities in and out of the classroom, and you will be well-prepared for graduate studies or the workplace. Our international admissions counselor will be here to assist you throughout the application progress. If you have questions, please feel free to email

The application requirements for degree-seeking international students are:

  • Submit an  online application
  • $50 application fee (waived if you submit by December 1, attend an Open House event or campus visit, or have ever participated in any of our Gallaudet University Youth Programs)
  • An essay (the essay question can be found in the online application)
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic teacher who teaches core subjects such as English, mathematics, or social studies
  • Unofficial high school and college transcripts (if applicable)*  
  • ACT , SAT, or TOEFL scores (or alternative testing**)
  • Audiogram
  • Certification of Finances form
  • Sponsor's Affidavit of Support form
  • F-1 Transfer Request form (if transferring from a college in the U.S.)

*Official transcript(s) will be required following acceptance to the University. We accept both paper and electronic transcripts. If you have your transcript sent electronically, it should be sent to If you earned college credits during high school, please send in your college transcript(s) for transfer credit evaluation. Please ensure that the transcripts are translated into English before sending. 

Gallaudet admits students based on superscores for both the ACT and SAT, which has been recognized as best practice. Research conducted by the ACT has confirmed that superscores are just as strong a predicator, if not stronger, of how students will perform at the collegiate level than other scoring methods. Superscoring takes the highest scores for each section across multiple SAT or ACT tests and section retests, resulting in a “super” composite score that will, in most cases, be higher than the composite score of any individual test taken. To learn more, visit the ACT website.

**Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are also offering, free of charge, two online assessments, the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) and the Questar Mathematics Test that may be taken in lieu of the ACT or SAT. Students may sign up for these tests through the Gallaudet application portal after submitting their application.

Financial Aid

International applicants do not qualify for financial aid or merit-based scholarships. 

Graduate School

If you have a BA/BS degree and wish to pursue a more advanced degree, the Graduate School at Gallaudet University offers over 25 post-graduate programs at the certificate, master's, specialist and doctoral levels. There are exciting opportunities to learn from faculty with rich expertise in their disciplines as well as multiple research centers generating new knowledge about deaf and hard of hearing populations. Courses are offered within an immersive, bilingual environment in a variety of delivery formats - face-to-face, hybrid and online. 

Graduate School Details and Application Requirements for Graduate degree-seeking international students

English Language Institute

If you are not ready to pursue an undergraduate degree, Gallaudet University's English Language Institute (ELI) provides full-time instruction in English as a Second Language, American Sign Language, and cross-cultural studies to international and American deaf and hard of hearing adults. Intensive study helps students become proficient in English in order to qualify for admission to Gallaudet or another university in the United States.

ELI Details and Application

For Visiting and Special Students

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.

ISSP Details and Application