FAQs

Housing details

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.

No. The rooms will be assigned by Residential Program and Services.

Early arrivals may be possible. Please contact the Flagship Chinese Institute staff should you need to arrive early.

As the extracurricular and residential components are a critical component of the FCI, living off-campus is not permitted.

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.

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.

Participants typically live in single rooms within a residential hall on campus. Conditions may vary from year to year.

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.

No. Your dorm will be furnished.

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 rpsdine@indiana.edu. She will be able to help you create a dining plan that fits your requirements.

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.