Dr. Charles Reilly, Executive Director
Dawes House, Room 207

Web: Research Support and International Affairs
Email: RSIA

The Office of Research Support and International Affairs (RSIA) strives to fulfill Gallaudet University's mission to encourage, promote, and facilitate scholarly research, and to offer and oversee international and intercultural education opportunities for Gallaudet students and faculty, as well as the global community. The office is located in Dawes House and is under the auspices of the Office of the Provost for research and dean of the graduate school, continuing studies, and international affairs.

RSIA facilitates faculty, staff, and student research by providing editing assistance with grant proposals and by administering the Priority Research and Small Grants programs. The office also oversees a variety of programs and scholarship opportunities (see below) for Gallaudet University and international scholars to further their studies and to undertake research projects. Further, the unit promotes achievements of this nature by reporting on the University's contributions to research and scholarship. In addition, the unit provides accessibility to the Annual Survey of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Youth and research and activity on language planning.

International Special Students Program

Many students from around the world with a professional interest in the education of deaf and hard of hearing people, their language, and their history and culture find Gallaudet's non-degree International Special Students Program (ISSP) a tremendous learning experience. The ISSP provides one or two semesters of non-degree study that is customized to meet students' individual needs relating to general or specific areas of deafness. Courses may be audited or taken for college credit. Each student is assigned a mentor who is an expert in the particular area the student wishes to learn about.

International Visiting Researcher Program

Gallaudet is authorized by the United States Department of State to operate the Exchange Visitor Program. The purpose of the program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. RSIA works closely with academic departments and faculty members to extend its resources on a selective basis in the spirit of institutional collegiality, fostering knowledge, and the exchange of information.

The program allows a limited number of professors, researchers, and other scholars who wish to use the facilities at Gallaudet University each academic year in the following categories: Research Scholar, to conduct research, observe, or consult (up to five years); Short-term Scholar, to lecture, observe, consult, train, demonstrate special skills, or perform collaborative research (up to six months); or Specialist, to observe, consult, or demonstrate special skills (up to one year).

Fulbright Scholarship Program

The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. The U.S Student Fulbright Program is designed to give masters and doctoral candidates and recent B.S./B.A. graduates or graduating seniors opportunities for personal development, academic enrichment and international experience. Opportunities for faculty to participate in Fulbright Scholar Program or other international scholar exchange activities are also available.

Nippon Foundation Scholarships

RSIA oversees two scholarships funded by the Nippon Foundation of Tokyo, Japan: the World Deaf Leadership (WDL) and the Sasakawa International Scholarship Fund.  The purpose of the WDL Scholarship Fund is to provide scholarships to Gallaudet students with financial need from developing nations. Gallaudet will select WDL Scholars who demonstrate the ability to become international leaders and make significant contributions to their nation and possibly the world. The scholarship will cover tuition, room, board, and up to two internships abroad.
The Sasawaka International Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to qualified, deserving, deaf international students who are enrolled in at least their second year of a degree-granting program at Gallaudet University to help ensure they have the financial means to complete their degree and graduate. Preference will be given to students who are residents of developing countries

Education Abroad

The Office of Research Support and International Affairs (RSIA) collaborates with several University offices to promote study abroad programs related to coursework,, academic fields, or cross-cultural study. RSIA hosts programs designed for Gallaudet students, faculty, staff, and others interested in international study tours. Participants usually spend two to five weeks studying and traveling. Some of the countries visited by students on previous tours include China, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Czech Republic/Germany/Poland, India, Indonesia, Italy and Kenya.
Departments that have offered study abroad in the last several years include: Business, Counseling, Education, Educational Foundations and Research, English, History, Social Work, and World Languages and Cultures. Foreign language courses offered in French, Spanish, German, and Italian are offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures.  Students interested in Study Abroad should consult with RSIA and the appropriate academic department. For information on Foreign Language courses offered, please see the Department of World Languages and Cultures section of this catalog.

Global Partnerships

Gallaudet University's formal agreements with universities around the globe aim to advance opportunities to share knowledge. These agreements include student exchange and technical cooperation. Gallaudet also seeks ways for more people outside the U.S. to study at the University, thereby enriching their lives and the cultural diversity of the campus community.  Currently, Gallaudet has cooperative agreements or Memorandums of Understanding with Beijing Union University (BUU) to prepare Chinese students for admission to Gallaudet and to improve BUU's accessibility; Universidad Especializada de las Américas, Panama, to prepare Latin American students for admission to Gallaudet; Institute for the Training and Development of Human Resources, Panama, to establish scholarships for Panamanian students to study at Gallaudet; Siena School of Liberal Arts, Italy, to offer Gallaudet students an opportunity to study abroad; Ål folkehøyskole og kurssenter for døve, Norway, to offer Gallaudet students an opportunity to study abroad in coursework specific to Deaf Studies; Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil, to develop academic credits and curricula between universities for both American and Brazilian Deaf Cultures and sign languages; Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, to stimulate and support educational intercultural activities and projects, especially the significance of Deaf culture and the role of sign language in higher education; and National Tsukaba University of Technology, Tsukuba, Japan, to offer Gallaudet students an opportunity to study abroad, and exchange scientific activities and information.

International Student and Scholar Services

The main role of the International Affairs branch of RSIA is to ease international students' transition to life in the United States and at Gallaudet University, and to assist current international students who are seeking advice on immigration regulations.

International Student and Scholar Services includes the following:

  • Reviewing a portion of prospective student applications, as well as evaluating financial documents, by issuing Certificates of Eligibility (Forms I-20) to order for students to obtain visas.
  • Providing updates regarding immigration laws and other issues.
  • Providing information on federal regulations related to education for international students.
  • Assisting in various student procedures for international students, scholars, and researchers. For a complete list, click here.