What is it?

Embarking on an adventure | The Gallaudet University Immersion Program (GUIP) is a unique initiative designed for Australian Deaf individuals eager to fully immerse themselves in the educational and cultural experiences at Gallaudet University.  

Taking place in April 2024, participants embarked on a three-week program that will involve engaging events, classroom observations, and exploration of the vibrant Deaf ecosystem in Washington D.C., USA.

Stay tuned for information about how you can apply for the next group in early 2025.

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Meet the Participants

Meet our representatives participating in the Gallaudet University Immersion Program powered by Deaf Connect.  

Watch on to learn more about Dylan, Julia, Monique, Raphie and Sarah and gain an insight into what they are hoping to learn. Make sure you follow our socials to see what they get up to!


Watch the Travel Vlog 1

The participants travelled to and arrived safely at Gallaudet University.

This past week they have been busy immersing themselves into campus life and exploring the facilities.

Watch the Travel Vlog 2

What did the Gallaudet University Immersion Program participants get up to?

They met the Gallaudet Bison mascot, attended the Academic Bowl, Education Fair and much more! 

They also got to explore Washington D.C. and visit a Deaf business, Streetcar 82.  

Travel Vlog 3

Our Gallaudet University Immersion Program participants have completed their trip and have arrived back home!

Watch on to go on a tour around the Gallaudet University campus and learn about the ‘Coffin Door’ custom. Our participants also gave a presentation about Australian culture and participated in some classes.

Participants learnt some ASL

Gallaudet University Immersion Program participants got social and met some current students.

In ASL, they learned their names, where they come from and what they are studying. Practise your ASL or turn on the captions to assist.

Why is it exciting?

Participants were involved in:

Cultural Exchanges | Engaging in classes, events, and dive deep into Washington D.C.’s vibrant Deaf community. 

Building Connections | Connecting with the Gallaudet community and represent Deaf Connect, creating bridges between the U.S. and Australia. 

Personal Growth | A chance to deepen your understanding of Deaf studies, bilingual education, Deaf space, Deaf ecosystem and more. 

Stay tuned for information about how you can apply for the next group in early 2025.

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