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Prospective Students


Thank you for your interest in the UH American Sign Language Interpreting program.

I want to Learn American Sign Language

You may enroll in ASL 1-4 language courses to fulfill the University's foreign language requirement.  If you are a new student, you will enroll in the following courses:  ASLI 1301, 1302, 2301, and then 2302.  These language courses are offered every semester (Fall and Spring) but must be taken one at a time.  You are also encouraged to enroll in ASLI/COMD 3301 (Deaf Culture) to learn more about Deaf Culture and the people who use ASL daily to communicate.

If you have some fluency with ASL, you may request to take a placement test.  To learn more about placement testing, click here.

I want to become a Sign Language Interpreter

If you are a new or transfer student, you are considered an ASLI pre-major.  We recommend taking the language courses HERE at the University of Houston.  Enroll in and complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

ASLI 1301, 1302, 2301 & 2302: ASL 1-4 language courses

ASLI/COMD 3301:  Deaf Culture

ASLI 2233: History of Interpreting and Translation Profession (only offered in the Fall)

ASLI 2335: Multiculturalism and Diversity in ASL Interpreting (only offered in the Spring)

After completing those courses, you will then formally apply with the ASLI Program so as to major in ASL Interpreting.  ASLI faculty will guide you thru the application process while you are enrolled in ASLI 2335.

How do I Apply to Major in ASLI?


Applicants must have successfully completed ASLI 2301 Intermediate American Sign Language III (ASL 3) and ASLI 2233 History of Interpreting and Translation Profession prior to applying. Students may be currently enrolled in ASLI 2302 Intermediate American Sign Language IV (ASL 4)  and ASLI 2335 when submitting an application to the program.

Please review the application packet and curriculum information carefully.

Deadline for to apply:   April 23

Here's what you'll do:

Step one: Check to make sure you meet the prerequisite requirements listed above.  Now, you will need to complete the ASLI major contact form.Step two: Declare ASLI as your major. If you have not declared ASLI as your major, complete a general petition form and submit it to the program advisor, Anthony Tello, in the CRS building. (Download a form by clicking here.)  This must be done BEFORE you submit your application to major in ASLI.

Step three:  Register to take the BEI Test of English Proficiency.  Click here to learn more about the BEI Test of English Proficiency such as test fees, test sites and to take a sample TEP test.  To register with BEI and apply to take the test, click here.  Applicants should register and schedule testing by April of each year.

Step four:  Submit a completed application packet bythe deadline.

I am enrolled at or I have completed an Interpreter Training Program:

The following courses are typically accepted by the University but may require further review:
  • ASLI 1301: Elementary American Sign Language I
  • ASLI 1302: Elementary American Sign Language II
  • ASLI 2301: Intermediate American Sign Language III
  • ASLI 2302: Intermediate American Sign Language IV

If you wish to have your sign language classes evaluated prior to transferring, submit the syllabi AND unofficial transcripts for review to

Step one: Apply to UH as soon as possible. Students are encouraged to take their ASLI courses here at the University of Houston as transfer courses may not cover the same content or have the same degree of difficulty.  For deadline dates, go to (Note: There is a separate application for international students.)

Step two: Attend an Advising and Registration for Transfer (ART) students prior to registering for classes. Transfer credits will be evaluated during ART. For details, go to:

Step three:  Enroll in ASLI 2233 and ASLI 2301 (for Majors only) in the fall and then ASLI 2335 and ASLI 2302 (for Majors only) in the Spring. 

Step four:  Apply to the Program after completing ASLI 2335.

Application Requirements

Send the complete application packet along with the $75 application fee via check or money order to:

ASLI Admissions Committee
100 Clinical Research Services Center
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-6018