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Program Description
Please note: this program will not run Post-Spring 2021.


Eiffel Tower w Blooming Flower

Louvre Pyramid

Spend 11 days in France journeying into the world of the French Deaf community.  You’ll have opportunities to practice ASL and Langues des Signes Francaise/LSF.  Interact with the local Deaf community at Café Signes and 1000 & 1 Signes, Deaf-owned and Deaf-run restaurants.  Expand your knowledge of Langues des Signes Francaise/LSF via a  workshop at International Visual Theatre.

Quick Facts

  • May 14 - May 22, 2020

  • Langues des Signes Francaise/LSF workshop 

  • Visit Institut National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris (first school for the deaf and museum)

  • Visit two deaf-owned, deaf-run cafes to experience French and Moroccan food prepared by talented Deaf chefs and dine amongst local members of the Deaf community using LSF.

  • Unstructured time to explore the city of Paris and visit the Eifel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and Orsay Museum.

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


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Location Details

Paris is the capital of France and known as a global center for art, fashion, food and culture.  Its historical sites include the Eifel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and Orsay Museum.  Students will share meals at Café Signes and 1000 & 1 Signes (Deaf-owned and run restaurants).

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Completion of ASL II


Students will register during the spring registration period for the following course:

  • ASL 494: American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Roots in France (1 credit)
*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load. If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.  

Course Format

ASL 494: American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Roots in France is a one credit course taking place during the Spring 2020 B session that will culminate with the portion abroad in France.  Students will be required to attend two meetings during Session B in Spring 2020, though the majority of the coursework will take place abroad in France in May 2020 (May 14 - May 22). 

Cafe Signes



Faculty Directors

Pamela Howard, M.A.
Speech and Hearing Science
College of Health Solutions
Office: COOR 2262
Phone: 480-965-6240

Paul Quinn
Speech and Hearing Science
College of Health Solutions
Phone: 480-965-9356

International Visual Theatre


Paris - Notre Dame

Program Housing

Students will stay in shared rooms in hotels or hostels.  The program will use a mix of transportation, including charter buses, public transportation, and a moderate amount of walking each day.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in France, older city sections and more rural towns are less accessible due to centuries-old architecture, which promises cobblestone streets, narrow staircase entry-ways, and small indoor spaces.  This program includes a lot of walking and use of public transportation by bus, Metro or RER (commuter train system). According to tripsavvy, the Metro has poor accessibility for limited mobility and disabled travelers.  RER are better equipped; all four lines are accessible to passengers with wheelchairs from most major stations. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Post-Spring 2020 is $2,995.

Program Fee includes: Housing, some meals, academic visits, cultural excursions, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for 1 credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.