International Student Program

American School for the Deaf is a comprehensive learning community that welcomes all deaf and hard of hearing children and their families.
We develop the whole child – intellectually, emotionally, physically, socially. Here, students and their families are surrounded by supportive peers, guided by dedicated educators and specialists, and empowered by the latest technology.
Utilizing the proven American Sign Language/English Bilingual approach, we foster a language-rich environment that maximizes each student’s potential.


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ASD offers the following opportunities to qualified foreign high school students ages 12-21:

The American School for the Deaf has designed a comprehensive, concentrated educational program designed specifically for international students ages 12-21. Students enjoy a full-day of classes followed by tutoring int the afternoons and evenings, providing an opportunity for additional support and interaction with their tutors and peers during the weekend.

• Intensive study of English language for future study at a U.S. university

• Room and board available

• Concentrated program leading to a high school diploma or equivalency certificate

• Advanced technical training

• Health Insurance Available

• Campus housing

• Full-time international liaison

• Cultural sensitivity

• Weekend supervision including cultural experiences and trips

• Exposure to and tutoring in American Sign Language

• Speech and audiology services

ASD is approved by the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System which enables the school to issue I-20’s to qualified international students.



Adult International Studies

In partnership with Central Connecticut State University, we have a designed a program for the adult learner to assist in passing the TOEFL Level 6 / GED Exam in order to achieve university admittance either in the United States or abroad.

English as a Second Language (ESL)/American Sign Language - 200 hours

This class will support the development of English as a second language while integrating American Sign Language for adult learners supporting GED and TOEFL Level 6 proficiency.

English as a Second Language (ESL) - Reading/Writing - 160 hours

Students will work to develop the reading skills necessary for success in college-level work. This will be accomplished through intensive vocabulary study and will progress from literal understanding of what is read to higher levels of comprehension, such as finding main ideas and identifying supporting details. More advanced students may work on comprehension strategies such as making inferences.

Students will also work to develop competency in using correct grammatical English structures in writing. Topics covered will include parts of speech simple verb tenses, question formation, simple and compound sentences, and sentence mechanics. More advanced students my work on complex verb tenses, active and passive voice, gerunds and infinitives, appositives, and adjective and noun clauses.




International Student Summer Program

Camp Isola Bella - 2 Week Program

Located in the middle of a shining lake in Connecticut’s beautiful Berkshire Mountains is Camp Isola Bella, a summer camp for deaf and hard of hearing children where all activities are designed first and foremost to be FUN. Spend two weeks boating, swimming, hiking, camping, and forming lasting relationships with new friends.

Extended School Year - 3 Week Program

ASD’s comprehensive Extended School Year summer program integrates core academic subjects (reading, math, science) with valuable vocational training in culinary arts, video production, graphic design, and robotics! All classes held at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Extended School Year (Vocational) 7-Week Program

Rotate between three vocational tracks such as Culinary Arts, Video Production/Graphic Design, Technology/ Robotics and receive hands-on instruction by experts in the field! Get ready to be inspired and return home with valuable transferrable skills.

English Language Learners Program - 10 Week Program

During this 10- week program in collaboration with Central Connecticut State University, you will learn and master the English language through music, art, dance, poetry and sports! Benefit from group tutoring sessions after class at ASD.



Jennifer Del Conte
Director of Education

860-570-1881
860-899-1082 VP
jennifer.delconte@asd-1817.org