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 for up to one year. The ISSP is individually designed to meet the needs of each person by allowing them to take courses for credit and 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.
As an ISSP student at Gallaudet University, you have the unique opportunity to achieve your personal and professional goals in a barrier-free 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.
Your application and supporting documents express who you are, what you hope to gain here, and what you plan to contribute to our university. Please ensure that these documents are a complete and fair representation of your goals and interests in the ISSP.
Please refer to the attached Application Instructions for guidance in completing your application. The instructions include documents that demonstrate proof of adequate financial resources for your stay at Gallaudet University, which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations require in order for international student applicants to obtain a student visa.
After completing the application, be sure to include financial certification forms and the $100 application fee.
We welcome your application, and are available to assist you through the process.
Office of International Affairs
Listed below are items that need to be completed for admission to the ISSP program at Gallaudet University. The list is broken into four parts. Please carefully review each section to be sure that every document is included before you submit your application. All academic records and supporting documents must be official. If only one original is available, a copy that has been attested to or certified by the institution may be submitted. If an original document is not in English, a certified, literal English translation must accompany the original.
A completed ISSP Application Form and supporting documents must be received by April 1 for enrollment in the fall semester (starts in August) and October 1 for enrollment in the spring semester (starts in January). Gallaudet's academic calendar is at http://www.gallaudet.edu/registrar/academic-calendars.
***Your application cannot be reviewed until all items on the list are received***
Please go to the ISSP Certification of Finances page for Financial instructions and forms. These are required materials along with your application.
Applicants to programs at Gallaudet are expected to embrace the use of written English and American Sign Language (ASL), and to strive to continually improve their skill in the two languages. Gallaudet's admissions requirements for English and American Sign Language (ASL), can be found on the webpage at International Visiting Students, Researchers and Other Scholars.
Financial aid and scholarship opportunities for international students attending the ISSP at Gallaudet University are not available. For the most part, international students are not eligible for federal, state, or university aid or scholarships.
Once your application is complete and you are accepted to the program, you will be mailed your admission packet, which includes an On-Campus Housing Request Form. For additional information, contact Residence Life Housing via:
(202) 651-5255 (Voice/TTY)
(202) 651-5757 (Fax)
In order to obtain the immigration document needed to apply for a visa, you are required to complete and submit the Certification of Finances Form documenting proof of adequate financial resources for your stay at Gallaudet University. Financial documents indicating value in United States dollars (U.S. $) must be less than six months old and include the date they were prepared. The purpose of the Certification of Finances Form is to help Gallaudet University obtain complete and accurate information about the funds available for your stay at Gallaudet. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations require all international applicants or admitted students to provide evidence of adequate financial support for their studies in the United States.
Once your Certification of Finances Form is submitted, reviewed, and approved, Gallaudet will send you the proper immigration document, Form I-20 or DS 2019, you will need to apply for a visa.
Please allow sufficient time (three to six months) when applying for admission to the ISSP program to receive your immigration documents and apply for a visa at a United States Embassy in your country. All international students applying for a visa are required to pay a Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee. Proof of SEVIS fee payment must be submitted at the visa interview. More information is available at: www.ice.gov/sevis/i901.
A policy change within the Student Financial Services Office in 2013 requires all international students admitted to Gallaudet University or enrolling in a course offered by the University to submit payment in full prior to the start of the semester. This payment includes the student's tuition, room, board, and additional fees.
If your application is accepted and you are admitted to Gallaudet, you will be required to have medical insurance coverage for yourself and any accompanying family members during the period of stay in the United States. If you decide to purchase your own health insurance, the minimum coverage is as follows:
|Repatriation of Remains||$25,000|
|Deductible per accident or illness||$500|
The coverage should:
Now that you have completed the ISSP application, you must take two last steps:
Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world.
The mission of Gallaudet University's Office of International Affairs (IA) is to offer and oversee international and intercultural education opportunities for students and faculty. The unit also serves as the point of contact for international partnerships, visitors, and scholars.
Office of International Affairs
(202) 651-5150 (Voice)
(202) 651-5746 (Fax)
(202) 218-6835 (Video phone)
For more information, please visit the ISSP Homepage.
EEO Statement: Gallaudet University is an equal opportunity employer/educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, hearing status, disability, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, covered veterans status, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income, place of business or residence, pregnancy, childbirth, or any other unlawful basis.