The application process
- I will begin university studies in the fall. Am I eligible to apply for the FCI?
If you are a graduating high school senior, you are welcome to apply for the Flagship Chinese Institute, even if you will be attending a different university than Indiana University in the fall. Your materials should reflect the ability to function and thrive in a university setting.
- I am a new learner of Chinese. Can I apply to the Flagship Chinese Institute?
Yes! The Flagship Chinese Institute currently offers first- through third-year levels of Chinese.
- I am currently a graduate student or have already received my Bachelor’s degree. Can I still apply?
FCI welcomes applications from students with Bachelor’s degrees and from graduate students.
- I am not a student in the Chinese Flagship. Am I still eligible to attend the Flagship Chinese Institute?
Absolutely! The Flagship Chinese Institute accepts both Flagship and non-Flagship students.
- What makes a FCI applicant competitive?
FCI is a rigorous program. Though participants are provided with top-notch language support, language advancement ultimately is determined by the drive and determination put forth by our students. Applicants should ensure that their ability to succeed is demonstrated in the application essay and reinforced by their supporting letter of recommendation.
- Should my letter of recommendation be in Chinese or English?
Letters of support can be written in either English or Chinese.
More about the program
- How do you receive one year of language instruction in 8 weeks?
Every day, participants receive four hours of classroom instruction, reinforced with language laboratories and individual tutorial sessions. They also engage in extracurricular activities, take meals, and reside in a community sustained by the Language Pledge.
Weekend real-life activities are also planned to reinforce student language development through participation in authentic tasks. These classes and activities all take place under the direction of skilled faculty and graduate students seeking advanced degrees in Chinese pedagogy at Indiana University.
- How many undergraduate/graduate credits are offered for each course?
FCI offers 8 credits to undergraduate students. Graduate students will receive 4 credits for Level 2 courses and 6 for Level 3 courses. Be sure to double check the credit number when registering for your classes.
- Will I be able to take other classes?
Because of the intensity of FCI, students are not able to take other concurrent classes.
- How will my language proficiency be determined?
Prior to the commencement of the institute, students will be given listening, reading, and speaking assessments to ensure their proper placement.
- Is your program taught in Simplified or Traditional Chinese?
All of our students are taught in both scripts. At Indiana University, our instructors teach drill sections in Simplified and lecture sections in Traditional. For assignment submissions and testing, you will be allowed to write in either Simplified or Traditional, as long as you remain consistent.
- How is the Language Pledge enforced?
Institute faculty and staff are the arbitrators of the Language Pledge during the summer Institute. Students are also expected to enforce this pledge in interactions with one another.Download the Language Pledge
- If I can’t speak English, how can I call my parents, significant other, etc., during the Institute?
Even though the Language Pledge is in force at all times, we understand the importance of keeping in contact with those who care about you. When you call others outside of the Institute, we ask that you respect the other students’ Language Pledge and separate yourself for the duration of the call. While we do not restrict or monitor the volume of calls made, we ask that you don’t call so much that it negatively impacts your language acquisition. The more you immerse yourself in the language, the more you will receive from the Institute.
- How do I receive academic/transfer credit?
The Flagship Chinese Institute offers both IU undergraduate and graduate level credits. Transfer of academic credit is dependent on the student's home institute. Contact the staff of FCI (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need assistance.
- How do I apply for housing?
After accepted students obtain their IUIDs, they will be given instructions to fill out a housing application. Please note that there will be an application fee, and a cancelation fee will occur if you choose to break your lease.
- Can I choose my room and roommate?
No. The rooms will be assigned by Residential Program and Services.
- May I come to the Institute early?
Early arrivals may be possible. Please contact the Flagship Chinese Institute staff should you need to arrive early.
- May I live off-campus?
As the extracurricular and residential components are a critical component of the FCI, living off-campus is not permitted.
- May I spend weekends away?
There are usually weekend activities on every other Saturday, with mandatory student participation. Permission to miss these scheduled activities needs to be requested in writing at least one week in advance. No more than one full weekend away from the Institute (Friday evening – Sunday evening) will be approved, except in extreme or unusual situations.
- Are guests permitted at the Institute?
To ensure the sanctity of the Institute's Language Pledge, guests are not permitted to attend functions without prior permission or unless otherwise mentioned. Overnight guests are not permitted in the residence halls.
- What will my accommodations be like?
Participants typically live in single rooms within a residential hall on campus. Conditions may vary from year to year.
- What should I bring with me?
You will likely need your laptop, camera (or cellphone with a camera), pillow, blanket, sweat shirt/hoody (temperature in the classroom could be cool), personal care supplies, and learning materials. FCI staff will send you a list based on the living condition of your dorm a few weeks before the Institute starts.
- Should I bring a mattress?
No. Your dorm will be furnished.
- I have dietary restrictions. How will they be accommodated?
The majority of meals are provided by Residential Programs and Services (RPS) at their various dining locations across campus. RPS regularly accommodates a wide variety of restrictions and allergies.
You can view menus and calculate nutrition and other requirements in advance of your time in Bloomington. If you have additional concerns, you may also contact the RPS Registered Dietician, Rachel Noirot at email@example.com. She will be able to help you create a dining plan that fits your requirements.
- Do I have to be on a meal plan?
In general, yes. Your housing contract will come with a meal plan. In some cases, students can opt out of their meal plans when filling out their housing application. However, a meal plan has proven to be the cheapest and most convenient option.
- Is the textbook expense included in the fees?
No. FCI does not charge you for textbooks. You will need to purchase your own textbooks either in IU Bookstore upon your arrival or from other sources that you prefer.
- When are the tuition and fees due?
The tuition and fees are usually due in June. You can find more information about tuition due date here: https://studentcentral.indiana.edu/pay-for-college/pay-bill/due-dates.html. In order to avoid a late fee, please check your Bursar account.