A world-class institute of changemakers in the deaf and signing community.
Since 1864, we have been investing in and creating resources for deaf and hard of hearing children, their families, and the professionals who work with them.
Over 50 degree programs, with online and continuing education for personal and professional development.
Innovating solutions to break down barriers, and using science to prove what does and doesn’t work.
We make it easy for you to apply and enter here.
Ready to take the next step toward a college education?
Make lasting memories and grow in ways you never thought possible.
Charles Reilly, Ph.D.Executive Director
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Welcome to Gallaudet University, and greetings from the Office of International Affairs (IA)! IA is authorized by the U.S. Department of State to operate several programs that recruit individuals from around the world for educational purposes. Regardless of your goals, Gallaudet has a program in place that will provide you the tools you need to succeed.
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. 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. All students may take courses offered at 13 other institutions of higher learning that are members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. 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.
The International Special Student Program (ISSP) is a tremendous learning experience designed for non-U.S. students who are not pursuing an academic degree at Gallaudet University. The one- or two-semester program is customized to meet the needs of each scholar.
The International Visiting Scholar (IVS) was established to accommodate a limited number of professors, researchers, and other scholars who wish to use the facilities at Gallaudet University each academic year.
If you are looking to establish a solid foundation in English, the University's English Language Institute (ELI) provides an intensive English as a Second Language program for American and international deaf and hard of hearing students. Bilingual instruction in both American Sign Language and written English provides a multicultural environment for ELI students to achieve academic, professional, and personal language goals.
Due to Gallaudet University's unique nature, every member of the campus community is encouraged to reach his or her potential in being bilingual in the visual modalities of ASL and written English. The University strives to accomplish this goal by creating a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment that fosters visual bilingual communication.
Because the vast majority of students at Gallaudet University rely on visual communication, the intent behind these guidelines is to help ensure that applicants can participate in effective and meaningful communication that promotes their success at the time they are admitted, and that they will avail themselves of University resources to reach proficiency in ASL and written English. Applicants to programs at Gallaudet are expected to embrace the use of written English and ASL, and to strive to continually improve their skill in the two languages.
Gallaudet will determine the skill level in English that it feels is appropriate to help ensure an applicant's academic success at the University. For undergraduates, these standards comply with ACT, and for graduates, they comply with the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL will accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, such as waiving the spoken part of the test and having a sign language interpreter explain the instructions. Students must request the accommodations themselves. Go to the link for more information. If an applicant has difficulty in taking either of these tests, an alternative test may be acceptable, such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), although any alternative must be approved by Gallaudet. The applicant should arrange to have the English test results provided to Gallaudet by the application deadline. If the applicant has difficulty in taking either of these tests, an alternative test may be acceptable, such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), although any alternative must be approved by Gallaudet. The applicant should arrange to have the English test results provided to Gallaudet by the application deadline.
At the graduate level, applicants who seek to become special (non-degree) students are required to possess "working knowledge" of ASL, as interpreted by each department within the Graduate School and specified in the 2014-2015 University Catalog. Graduate applicants are referred for ASL skills evaluation that is based on their proposed area of study. If the applicant has prior sign language skills and has been evaluated after taking the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview test, the student must provide the results of the test; if not, department administrators will interview the applicant to determine his/her readiness to study at Gallaudet without classroom communication support.
Please click on the link below to view the list of scholarships.
StudentAid BC - British Columbia, Canada Contact Person: Theresa Cownden Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: StudentAid BC
Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) - Ontario, Canada Contact Person: Sherry Britton (TCU) Email: Sherry.Britton@ontario.caWebsite: Ontario Student Assistance ProgramHow to apply to OSAP
Note: For questions related to OSAP procedures and application forms, please contact:
Student Financial Assistance Branch, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities PO Box 4500 189 Red River Road, 4th Floor Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6G9 Or call from 8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m. (EST), Monday through Friday, at (807) 343-7260 or toll-free in North America: 1-877-OSAP-411 (1-877-672-7411).
Alternatively, the General Support Service (GSS) at the Canadian Hearing Society ( http://chs.ca/services/general-support-services) is available to support you with OSAP procedures and application forms. Go to the website to find the closest location to your home, then contact that regional office to access the GSS counselors for assistance with OSAP procedures and application forms.
Note: This information is provided as a guide only and is not considered a contract or binding by the University. We hope you will soon join our proud and strong community.
Best of luck!
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