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  • 2014 Study Abroad StudentsFrench Sign Language Study abroad students returning to Paris from a trip to Lyon on June 2014.
  • Versailles, France, Study Abroad 2014French Sign Language Study abroad instructor Guillaume Chastel with a Deaf French guide in Versailles.
  • School for the Deaf in Paris, FranceFrench Sign Language Study abroad students and instructors at the School for the Deaf in Paris.
  • Sign Idol Awards 2014ASL Club's 2014 Sign Idol awards presentation by president Clint Cantwell.
  • Sign Idol PerformersThe ASL Club's 2014 cast of Sign Idol performers.
  • Perseus McDanielStoryteller Perseus McDaniel presenting to ASL 101 and 102 students fall semester 2014.
  • Patrick GraybillStoryteller Patrick Graybill presenting to ASL 101 and 102 students fall semester 2014.
  • 2014 ASL Program Graduates and Faculty
  • Fall 2014ASL students studying in the ASL Student Lounge.
  • ASL 101 class Spring 2014Instructor Dmitry Kiselgof leading an ASL 101 class to prepare for their exam.
  • Meeting with StudentsSr. Lecturer Norma Tourangeau meeting with students in the ASL Program common area.


In 1998, the University of Rochester was the first major university to develop a Bachelor's degree program specifically in American Sign Language. While many ASL courses now exist in the United States, very few have the instructional depth found at the University of Rochester.

The University of Rochester's ASL Program is a modern language, literature and culture program, which also approaches the study of signed languages from a linguistic and scientific perspective. In Rochester, students have a unique opportunity to learn and use ASL. Students in the more advanced ASL courses have the opportunity to attend community events, theatrical performances and lectures in ASL in the community, and at educational institutions.

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Sign Language Study Shows Multiple Brain Regions Wired for Language—study finds there is no single advanced area of the brain that gives us language capabilities above those of other animal species.

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University of Rochester

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The University of Rochester is one of the country's top-tier research universities. Our 158 buildings house more than 200 academic majors, more than 2,000 faculty and instructional staff, and some 10,500 students.

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Summer in Paris

Study French Sign Language (LSF) in Paris this summer!

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