Engage in Icelandic Deaf culture through a geographical exploration

This 12-day experience centers on exploring in American Sign Language (ASL) the cultural and physical geography which includes numerous waterfalls, glaciers, land mass formations, etc. Students will have the opportunity to walk behind a curtain of water, cruise on a glacial lagoon, walk on Diamond Beach, participate in a whale watching excursion, stand on the bridge between two continental plates, attend cultural museums along the way and much more! This course also involves an international comparative of Deaf culture and signed languages of the geography of Iceland. Students will compare and contrast the cultural and linguistic aspects of Icelandic Deaf and Hearing cultures and North American Deaf culture. Language skills will be enhanced by employing depiction strategies, especially those which carry easily across languages. This is a vocabulary enrichment learning experience while out in the field and understanding and applying vocabulary applicable to the geography and geology of Iceland.

Content for this course will be presented in ASL. Students will prepare daily video blogs in ASL explaining the geology/geography and experiences captured from the day’s activities. This course is ideal for Deaf and advanced students of ASL (having had at least three courses of ASL) and will enhance skills of Deaf educators and interpreters in the academic, scientific, or international setting. Acceptance to the course will be determined by faculty interview.

international deaf geographies: People, land and culture

3 Credits; ASL 39095 | CRN: 13787

Program Dates: Program will take place during Summer I session (travel dates are to be determined).


Jacqueline Gee - Lead Faculty/ASL Instructor

Dr. Randall Hogue - ASL Linguist

Dr. Katherine Amey - Geologist/Geographer/Hydrogeologist


Estimated Cost Breakdown

Cost Description


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Online Application Fee



GeoBlue Health Insurance






Program Fee1



Estimated Total Cost

$4,410.00 2


Program fee includes: flight, accommodation, most meals, museum entrance fees, local transportation and activity fees
Estimated personal expenses included: snacks, souvenir shopping, free time activities, etc.

*Final program fee subject to change; September 22, 2019


Application will open August 1, 2019

Application Deadline: December 1, 2019
Acceptance: December 15, 2019

Non-Refundable Deposit: $500.00 | December 15, 2019
First payment due (half)**:  | January 20, 2020 
Second payment due: | February 20, 2020 

Please note these deadlines have been updated: June 20, 2019 


Contact Information

Randall Hogue 
American Sign Language/Modern and Classical Language Studies

Alyssa Mazey, M.Ed
Assistant Director of International Programs and Education Abroad
amazey2@kent.edu l 330-672-2693 
124 Bowman Hall