Apply to the B.A. in Interpretation Program!

Gallaudet University is the only university in the world that offers both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in ASL-English Interpretation. Gallaudet provides a unique opportunity for interpretation majors to live, study, and interact with Deaf people from the United States and around the world.

The B.A. in Interpretation (BAI) program consists of a comprehensive, sequenced, and integrated series of courses and experiences that are intended to provide students with knowledge, fieldwork, techniques and interpreting skills in interactive interpreting in education, medical, business and government settings. The interpreting internship varies from student to student. The BAI program mainly is in a four-year format and consists of 36 credits in the major, which includes coursework, fieldwork and field internship. Students take supporting courses in ASL and Deaf studies, biology, business, communication studies, linguistics and psychology, Part-time study is also available.

The BAI application requirements are:

Phase 1: 

  • Submit your  online application.
    • The Application Deadline for Fall 2020 is January 31, 2020. 
  • $50 application fee. The fee will be waived if you submit your application by December 1.
  • A written essay and one video essay in American Sign Language. The questions can be found in the online application. 
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic teacher.
  • Request that your high school and college transcripts (if applicable) to be sent to Gallaudet University. We accept both paper and electronic transcripts. If you have your transcript sent electronically, it should be sent to Please note that the BAI program requires that you have a 2.75 or higher cumulative grade point average in your high school or previous college coursework.
  • ACT or S AT scores.

Phase 2: 

  • After you submit your application, your Admissions Counselor will review Phase 1 documents. Should you be eligible for Phase 2, you will be sent a link for the BAI Language Performance evaluation (BAI LP) from the Department of Interpretation and Translation. Your Admissions Counselor will provide information regarding this evaluation at the time of Phase 2 eligibility.
  • Applicants are also required to schedule an American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI), a video-recorded evaluation that will determine your overall ASL proficiency. The BAI program requires an ASLPI score of 3 or higher. The ASLPI can be taken at Gallaudet or via videophone from an approved location. The ASLPI evaluation system is housed in ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services (ASL-DES) at Gallaudet University. See the  ASL-DES web site for information on fees and other details. Please be aware that you will be connected with ASL-DES at your Admissions Counselor's discretion. If you have any questions, please email


If you are a transfer student, please visit the  Transfer Credits website for more information about transferring your credits to Gallaudet, course equivalencies, and more. If you wish to contact our Transfer Specialist, please email


The financial aid process is a separate process from applying for admission. Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible when it is made available on October 1. The priority filing date is June 1. Once we have your FAFSA on file, we will send you a Financial Aid award letter that provides detailed information about your eligible financial aid and your estimated remaining cost. Please note that hearing applicants are not eligible for merit-based scholarships. 

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