Chinese Flagship Program Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to major in a particular discipline to be admitted to the program?
No. By completing the required courses for the IU Chinese Language Flagship, you will most likely complete course work for a major/minor in East Asian Languages. However, you do not have to claim this as a major, and students with any academic major may apply.
May I double major?
Yes. An EALC major will certify your accomplishments in the study of Chinese language and culture, and the second major will develop the knowledge and particular interests related to your long-term professional future.
Is there a minimum GPA to be accepted to the program?
Yes. The minimum GPA standard (3.25 overall for current students, or top 10% of the graduating class for incoming freshman) while demonstrating that you are a talented and committed learner of Mandarin.
How much does the IU Chinese Language Flagship Program cost? What funding opportunities are available?
Much of the Flagship training takes place on the IU Bloomington campus during the regular academic year and includes both credit-bearing classes and free extracurricular activities. No funding is provided from the Flagship program for academic years on campus, and students are encouraged to apply for the wide variety of scholarships and financial aid available through IU and other sources to help fund both their academic years and summer study.
A limited number of Flagship scholarships are available for especially committed and talented Chinese language learners to facilitate one or (in some cases) two summers of language learning (either at the IU Flagship Chinese institute or abroad at selected programs) and the capstone year abroad. Note that The Language Flagship, which funds these scholarships, reviews scholarship funding guidelines annually and can make changes at any time. Two other important IU sources of scholarships are the Hutton Honors College and IU Office of Scholarships.
Will my financial aid apply to study abroad?
Ordinarily, financial aid awarded to students for study at IU may be applied to overseas study for a program that contributes to the student's undergraduate degree. However, this is not automatic. To request that financial aid be applied to an overseas study program, you need to follow the procedure outlined by the Office of Overseas Studies and IU Financial Aid. One area where financial aid usually does not apply is the final semester of internship, which is a professional rather than academic experience.
Please see the Bloomington Office of Student Financial Assistance for detailed information about applying for (or renewing) financial aid.
Will I get academic credit for the work I do studying Mandarin over the summer in China?
In most cases, you do receive academic credit for summer study abroad. However, this is not always the circumstance. Students should work with their academic advisor and overseas studies in advance to ensure credit will transfer.
I am a graduate student. Can I participate in the IU Chinese Language Flagship?
The Graduate Flagship Program was established at Indiana University in December 2010. The program has been designed to train students to the federal Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) "3" / American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) "Superior" level. For more information about the program, please contact us at (812) 856-0412.
Should my letter of recommendation be in Chinese or English?
Both English and Chinese letters of support are accepted.