The University of Rhode Island’s Chinese Flagship Immersion Program is an 8-week, residential Mandarin Chinese immersion program for students committed to an intensive, experiential, proficiency-based learning experience. The 2015 program offers two levels of instruction: one designed for first-year Flagship students, who have completed CHN 112H or its equivalent, or for adults and students from any institution (matriculating or non-matriculating) who have a Novice High/Intermediate Low level of proficiency interested in an immersive language learning experience; and one designed for students pursuing certification to teach Chinese as a world language in K-12.
Dates: May 25 – July 17, 2015
The URI Chinese Flagship Immersion Program offers intermediate intensive courses in Mandarin Chinese designed to take students from Novice High/Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing (on the ACTFL scale) and for teacher candidates at the Advanced Low-Superior level. Participants earn 8 Chinese language credits during the 8-week program, and commit to a strict Language Pledge (see application).
- CHN 113: Intensive Intermediate Chinese I (4 credits) Practice in listening and speaking. Development of reading and writing skills. Intermediate-level grammatical structures. Language proficiency goal: Intermediate Low/Mid.
- CHN 114: Intensive Intermediate Chinese II (4 credits) Practice in listening and speaking. Development of reading and writing skills. Intermediate-level grammatical structures. Language proficiency goal: Intermediate Mid.
- CHN 401: Topics on Chinese Culture and Civilization (3 credits) Students will study various topics on Chinese culture, society and civilization through selected readings and multimedia.
- CHN 497/498: Directed Study (1-3 credits)
Housing & Dining:
Participants in the Chinese Flagship Immersion Program are housed in the IEP (International Engineering Program) House on the Kingston Campus of the University of Rhode Island. In addition to a living room, dining room, laundry room and activity room, the IEP House has single and double dormitory style rooms on three floors. Shared men’s and women’s bathrooms are on the first and second floor. The main floor features a large living room where comfortable high back chairs and plush sofas surround the fireplace, while another section provides for large conference tables and excellent lighting for daytime and late-night study sessions in Chinese. Chef Mark Schoenweiss prepares three meals per day Monday through Saturday with the exception of dinner on Saturday throughout the program. Parking is available next to the house.
The Chinese Flagship Immersion Program is generously supported by the University of Rhode Island. All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of residency. The total estimated cost of the 2014 program including tuition and fees; room and board; textbooks and the mid-program excursion is below:
Estimated Tuition & Fees for 2014
(Subject to change)
In-State and Out-of-State
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Who is Eligible?
Graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate and graduate students at URI or other institutions who have taken a minimum of one year of college-level Chinese or equivalent, and whose proficiency is at the Novice High or Intermediate Low level, are encouraged to apply. Priority consideration is granted to students currently enrolled in or admitted to any Chinese Flagship Program. One must not be a currently matriculated student to apply.
How Do I Apply?
Check back here in December to apply online. The application will require the following items (Detailed instructions listed on application form):
- Completed CFI Application Form
- English Essay (250 words)
- Chinese Essay (200 characters)
- Your Most Recent Transcript (unofficial or official)
- $200 deposit (check or money order)
Please ask your Chinese language instructor to submit the following to the URI Chinese Flagship Immersion Program directly:
- One Letter of Recommendation (Non-URI applicants only)
- Student Proficiency Interview Rubric (All applicants)
Priority Deadline: March 1
Final Deadline: April 1
Admission & Payment
Admission decisions will be sent to applicants in early April and on a rolling basis for applications received after the April 1 deadline. Final payment for the program is due by May 1 in the form of a check or money order payable to the “University of Rhode Island” and submitted to the Chinese Flagship Immersion Program, 178 Swan Hall, 60 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881.