Quick Info

  • London, United Kingdom
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Less Commonly Taught Languages and Cultures, Linguistics
  • : May 2019 - June 2019
  • : Coming soon!
  • : January 20, 2019
  • : 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

Academics

 

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.

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!

Housing

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 2019

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
Coming soon! Coming soon!
Arrive in London Depart London
mid May 2019 mid June 2019

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

* All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 1, 2019.  Save the Date!

Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

 

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:

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

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.  

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Oksana Stalczynski

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. A study abroad experience broadens your horizon, grows your circle of friends and improves your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about study abroad programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.  Get in touch with me at Oksana.stalczynski@pitt.edu or 412-383-3237!