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    American Sign Language Immersion

    Location:Dajabon, Dominican Republic

    Find out more about our ASL Minor at SFU

    Through the Mission School for the Deaf in Dajabon, Dominican Republic Saint Francis University (SFU) students will have a unique ASL immersion experience. SFU students will have the opportunity to: be paired with a Deaf student during morning and afternoon classes; to a course to the students; to teach ASL to the students who currently do not possess ASL skills; to turn off their voices for an entire week; togo on a tour with a Deaf guide; and to grow their ASL skills by constantly using ASL with native language users.


    ASL401: ASL Immersion Experience . . . . . .3 crs. Offered during both the Spring and Summer 2013 semesters

    Course Description

    A six week on-line summer course that includes an off campus summer ASL immersion experience.


    Courses*- ASL112: Beginning ASL I & II, ASL201: Intermediate ASL I, ASL202: Intermediate ASL II , *ASL250: Advanced Fingerspelling and Numbers (*Or permission from the instructor) A Minimum of B - (80%) average in ASL 250 and ASL 201 is required to declare a minor in ASL.


    The program fee is $1,400 plus tuition. The program fee includes transportation (air and ground) and room/board. A $250 non-refundable deposit must accompany the application (on back) by Nov. 28th. The total is due March 1st. Please see withdrawal policy on back.

    Cell phones/laptops

    Electronics should be left at home. “Unplugging” for the week will enable students to truly embrace the experience and keep their voices off. Students may give an email address to the Center for International Education. Contacts will be emailed upon arrival.


    From Pittsburgh (or other appropriate airport) to Santiago or Puerto Plata (whichever is most cost effective).


    Students will receive three meals a day upon arrival and before departure from Dajabon. Meals will be in accordance with local cuisine and will not be the typical American cuisine that students are used to in order to truly embrace the culture.

    Local Transportation

    Touching Lives Worldwide will provide a van for transporta-tion as well as a bus to and from the airport in the Dominican Republic all of which is included in the program fee.

    Travel/Medical Insurance

    Must be purchased by the student through The Center for International Education, Schwab 214, (814) 472-3245.

    Additional Forms

    Touching Lives Worldwide requires a release form. This form will be collected by the Center for International Education along with the standard Saint Francis University travel forms. Students are required to obtain a Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance and submit it by April 1st.

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