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Sign Language Studies in Paris

Program cancelled for 2021

This program has been cancelled due to global COVID-19 trends and new variants. Global Seminars is proud to offer a series of virtual programs.

Contact or send a VAC message to Study Abroad - Global Seminars if you are interested in changing your application to an alternate programs.



Peggy Lott

Prof. Peggy LottAcademic study of ASL and other sign languages has been the focus of much of Professor Lott's life. After encountering ASL as a child, she learned signs from friends during middle school and high school and snuck into an “adult education” class. When she began as an undergraduate at UC San Diego, she reviewed the accuracy of her signs by enrolling in independent study in the Linguistics Language Lab. After graduating, she began teaching ASL at San Diego Mesa College, and just prior to taking several years to complete her PhD in Anthropology of Deaf Culture, she lived in Paris at L’Institut National de Jeunes Sourds for five months. Seeing students excel in their acquisition and understanding of ASL is her number one career goal.       (Photo Credit: Erik Jepsen)



Some estimates claim that one third of the signs ASL employs today are similar to French signs. The two languages, however, are not mutually intelligible. Practice with both the ASL and French signs for many basic concepts will enable students to experience how comprehension can be achieved through an implicitly negotiated process of creating bridges between signs of different languages. Participation in excursions and cultural visits will turn students’ classroom discussions into actual practice where their knowledge of ASL will truly be an asset in live interactions with deaf people.


Both courses in the seminar may be applied toward the linguistics minor in language studies/ASL. The upper division course has been approved for the DEI requirement since its focus is the exploration of cultural connections between ASL and several sign languages of people of color. Consult your academic advisor to determine officially how the courses will apply to your graduation requirements.

Information Sessions

  • Monday, January 25; 5 - 6:30 pm
  • Register here  for the Zoom link and the video of the fall quarter info session

See the Info Session Calendar


Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 26, 2021
Arrival: Sun., June 27, 2021
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., June 28, 2021
First Day of Class: Tues., June 29, 2021
Last Day of Class: Fri., July 30, 2021
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., July 31, 2021


  • Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed. All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program has been confirmed by reaching minimum enrollment. 
  • Because of the evolving COVID-19 situation, when you do buy tickets, we strongly encourage you to purchase refundable plane tickets or flight cancellation insurance.
  • We strongly encourage you to make your flight arrangements to arrive during the window of time specified in order to utilize the program shuttle airport pick up.  Please make sure your flight arrives between the times of 6:00 am and 5:00 pm on June 27 at the Paris (Airport Code CDG) airport. If your plane itinerary arrives after 5:00 pm, you will NOT be able to check in to the housing (besides rare cases of flight delays for plane itineraries listing flights arriving before 5:00 pm).
  • The Study Abroad Office will be hosting several flight workshops to provide tips and advice on flight purchases. Check the Study Abroad Calendar for more information. 

Program Details

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