The English Language Institute (ELI) is a sub-unit of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. 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.
Deaf and hard of hearing undergraduate students can choose from a wide variety of majors leading to a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. The University also admits a small number of hearing, degree-seeking undergraduate students--up to five percent of an entering class. Undergraduate students have the option of designing their own majors, called "self-directed majors," in which they select classes from a variety of departments at Gallaudet.
Graduate programs, open to deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students, include master of arts or master of science degrees, specialist degrees, certificates, and doctoral degrees in a variety of fields involving professional services to deaf and hard of hearing people.
Gallaudet University's Summer Programs offers a comprehensive array of exemplary personal and professional development, leadership, and outreach programs for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, their families, communities, and professionals working with them around the globe.
The Office of International Affairs (IA) offers a broad range of opportunities for students, faculty, and other individuals at Gallaudet University to apply their knowledge and learning on an international scale.
IA also provides unique opportunities for non-degree students, researchers, and other scholars from around the world who wish to come to Gallaudet for short-term studies, to conduct research, or to enhance their educational opportunities by taking advantage of the University's notable resources on Deaf culture.
International Student Services (ISS) welcomes all international students who are entering the globally encompassing environment of Gallaudet University. The main role of ISS is to ease international students' transition to life in the United States and at Gallaudet, and to assist international students who are seeking advice on academic matters, immigration regulations, and other concerns.
The International Visitors Center is devoted to helping global visitors to Gallaudet University receive experiences that will benefit them and their country. Students, educational program and school administrators, teachers from Deaf communities from all over the world come to Gallaudet to learn about its unique environment, programs, and services. The center helps international visitors schedule meetings, tours, interpreting services, and anything else they need during stays of up to two weeks.