Areas of Study


ISSS eases international students and scholars’ transition to Gallaudet and ensures their equal access to learning and all campus activities and services, including immigration support, in the following ways: 

  • Ensuring that students, and the University, are in compliance with U.S. immigration laws.
  • Providing them with key information before and during a comprehensive orientation; advising on social, cultural, and personal adjustment; promoting financial aid opportunities, and hosting activities to encourage interaction with the overall Gallaudet community. 
  • Working closely with Gallaudet’s schools and faculty members to extend University resources through its International Visiting Scholar (IVS) service, which accommodates incoming professors, researchers, fellows, Fulbright scholars, and other scholars from outside the U.S. to campus from two weeks to five years. 
  • Managing the Gallaudet-Nippon Foundation World Deaf Leadership (WDL) Scholarship funded by the Nippon Foundation of Tokyo, Japan, to make it possible for deaf and hard of hearing leaders from developing nations to attend Gallaudet University.


Curricular Practical Training
Curricular Practical Training is an off-campus employment authorization, which allows F-1 students to gain work experience in their major field of study. Contact us to learn more about the program.
Gallaudet Exchange Visitor Program
Gallaudet University is authorized by the United States Department of State to operate the Exchange Visitor Program. The Exchange Visitor Program is to increase the mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries through educational and cultural exchange. Visitors...
International Special Student (ISS) Program
The International Special Student (ISS) program at Gallaudet University is designed to meet the individual needs of students from outside the U.S. at the undergraduate or graduate levels by allowing them to take credit or non-credit courses for up to one year. Although this is...
International Visiting Scholar (IVS) Program
The International Visiting Scholar (IVS) program is authorized by the United States Department of State to welcome and accommodate international professors, researchers, and other scholars to Gallaudet. The Office of International Affairs works closely with academic programs and faculty to extend its resources to researchers...
International Visiting Students, Researchers, and Scholars
Welcome to Gallaudet University and greetings from the Office of International Affairs (OIA)! OIA 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...
Nippon Foundation Scholars
As advocates for human rights and the interests of people with disabilities throughout the world, the Nippon Foundation has partnered with Gallaudet to provide international students with two scholarship opportunities. These scholarships, the Gallaudet-Nippon World Deaf Leadership Scholarship (WDL) and the Sasakawa International Scholarship (SIS)...
Optional Practical Training
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an off-campus employment authorization that allows F-1 students to gain work experience. If you are interested in applying for OPT, please stop by Research Support and International Affairs, Dawes 104, to pick up an application.


Contact Us

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Mona McCubbin

Building 103 #101/102

(202) 250-2294

(202) 651-5150

9:00 am-5:00 pm
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