This is the VOA Special English Education Report.
We are going to talk again this week about higher education for disabled
students who want to study in the United States. As we noted last time, the
National Federation of the Blind says there are no special colleges or
universities for blind students.
But there are for deaf students. One of them is Gallaudet University in
Washington, D.C. Gallaudet says it is the world's only liberal arts university
where everything is designed for deaf or hard-of-hearing students.
2,000 students attend Gallaudet. The cost for international students is
about 33,000 dollars a year.
Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, but only after the
first year of studies. Most scholarship aid goes to students in financial need
who do well in their first year.
One scholarship for international students is for deaf students from
developing countries. Another is just for students from China.
The university also offers an English Language Institute. But Gallaudet says
this program does not guarantee acceptance to the university.
In the past year, students at Gallaudet protested over the administration's
choice of a new president for the university. The protests resulted in the
choice of a different president who is more popular with the students, Robert
He is a former chief executive officer of the National Technical Institute
for the Deaf. This technical college is in Rochester, New York. It is one of
eight colleges in the Rochester Institute of Technology.
More than one thousand students attend the National Technical Institute for
the Deaf. About one hundred of them are international students. They come from
Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.
The cost is about 28,000 dollars a year for an international undergraduate
student. Foreign graduate students pay about 20,000 dollars.
Both undergraduate and graduate students can receive limited financial aid.
They can also take part in the student employment program. This program makes it
possible for students to work at the school.
And that's the VOA Special English Education Report, written by Nancy
Steinbach. You can find links to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf
and Gallaudet University at our Web site, voaspecialenglish.com. You can also
find all of the earlier reports in our Foreign Student Series. If you have a
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