Quick Info

  • London, United Kingdom
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Less Commonly Taught Languages and Cultures, Linguistics
  • : Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - Friday, June 15, 2018
  • : $6,599 In-State / $6,799 Out-of-State
  • : January 28, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, 2 semesters (or equivalent) of host language


ASL 1909: ASl-BSL Language, Culture, and Lingustics

This course examines American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL); and American Deaf culture and British Deaf Culture through first-hand experience. This course will encompass everything learned from ASL courses at University of Pittsburgh and apply it to real world experiences that will be available during the ASL International Field Project. This will be accomplished through signing skill assignments, Deaf interaction/participation, and observation.

ASL 1901: Topics in Sign Language: British Sign Language

Work with professors from University College London's Deafness Cognition and Langauge Research Centre to learn basic British Sign Language skills!  

Courses may count towards Global Studies certificate.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

I’m Deb Hast and the coordinator and instructor for the American Sign Language (ASL) program.  I have a Master’s in Deaf Education from University of Pittsburgh’s Deaf Education program.  Unfortunately, the program closed a few years ago. I have taught at Pitt for close to 17 years and love it!  I love when I see students’ light bulbs turned on in class and watching them learn how to tell stories in ASL.  What do I do when I am not teaching?  I love to walk and walk everywhere. I also like to go to flea markets looking for things to recycle into something useful in the house or make things into jewelry. I can be reached at dlhast@pitt.edu

Hello! My name is Kenneth DeHaan, I'm a proud Northern Californian native transplanted to Pittsburgh (okay yinz, I also love the 'burgh). Along with Debra Hast, I teach here at the University of Pittsburgh. My journey here started with a Masters in Business, as I moved here to work for BNY Mellon. One thing led to another, I found my hidden passion for teaching in 2011 at Pitt. Consequentially I decided to pursue a career in teaching and returned to school, obtaining my second Masters in American Sign Language Teaching. Currently I am studying for an Ed.D. in Higher Education Management here at the School of Education. My other not-so-hidden passion is traveling, to date I have been to 44 countries (one being a study abroad experience in Denmark). The benefits of studying abroad is tremendous. I look forward to combining my passions of teaching and traveling to provide you with an once in a lifetime experience of Studying Abroad in London!


Part of the experience is to live like a Londoner.  The students on this program live in shared apartments – the English call them flats – spread across the city.  You will be one of as many as eight students living in a flat, which includes shared bedrooms and bathrooms, living space, and access to laundry facilities, all in a secure building.  The flats also come with an equipped kitchen; note meals are not included in the program fee.  Apartments are as varied as the city itself; no two flats are alike. 

Regardless of where you live, you can expect a 45- to 60-minute commute to your classes at DCAL.  We’ve got your commute covered with an unlimited pass for Zones 1 and 2 on the London Underground.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$6,599 $6,799
Arrive in London Depart London
Wed, May 16 Fri, June 15

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 6 University of Pittsburgh credits
  • Shared accommodations in apartments around London
  • International travel health insurance for the duration of the program
  • Class related activities such as visits to local museums
  • Opportunities to connect with members of the local Deaf community including professors specializing in BSL
  • Interpreted theater performance
  • Interpreted tours at local museums
  • Additional class and cultural activities

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Roundtrip international airfare to London ($1,000-$1,200)
  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($300)
  • Meals and personal expenses
  • Tube Pass ($200)
  • Passport fees 

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

Students must have completed ASL 2 by the start of the program in order to participate.  Students enrolled in ASL 2 in the spring of 2016 are eligible to apply.

Get Ready! Applications open August 28!  

Program Staff

Tiffany Martin

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Hello Panthers!  I am the Assistant Director in the Study Abroad Office.  I have a permanent case of wanderlust and recently reached my goal of 30 countries by 30. I attended both undergrad and graduate school here at Pitt with degrees in Marketing and International Affairs.  During my time at Pitt, I participated on two study abroad programs and later backpacked Europe.  Traveling internationally has taught me valuable skills such as how to build a yurt, use chopsticks, cross a street in Ho Chi Minh City, run from hippos, navigate public transportation, and brush my teeth with a chewing stick. While I embrace my inner yinzer, I wish that every student would leave Pittsburgh to study abroad. When not planning my next adventure, you can find me exploring various Pittsburgh neighborhoods and restaurants, playing kickball, watching the Food Network, or biking along the rivers. You can reach me at tsm3@pitt.edu

Brice Lynn

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Hey there.  I'm Brice and I'm one of the Assistant Directors at Pitt Study Abroad.  I'm a born-and-raised Pittsburgher (and have the accent to prove it).  My own study abroad experience as a Pitt student took me to Granada, Spain.  Between my host family, the food, and all of the embarrassing language mistakes I made, it turned out to be some of the best months of my life. Now, I'm here to help you make your own study abroad experience a reality.  When I'm not in the office, you can usually find me falling out of yoga poses, riding my bike, and ruining all of these physical activities with a plate of pierogi (extra butter and onions, please).  Get in touch with me at bel18@pitt.edu or 412-383-1029.