Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Youth Voices on China Video Contest: Win over $2,000!

Youth Voices on China Video Contest: The 1990 Institute’s inaugural national online video contest encourages U.S. middle school, high school, and college students to think more broadly about U.S.-China relations and seek balanced viewpoints. Submit a short, thought-provoking video of 2 to 3 minutes’ length on a China topic that relates to the 2014–15 contest theme, "Why Understanding China Is Important to My Future." With more than $30,000 in total cash and prizes, students and their sponsoring teachers may win over $2,000 each, a trip to San Francisco, and visibility for their work. Deadlines are January 4 (Early Bird) and January 19, 2015 (Final). Learn more.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships -- Application Deadline Jan. 16, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Now that exams are over, it is time to apply for scholarships!  

The deadline to apply for Fund for Education Abroad scholarships is January 16, 2015.

The current application cycle will fund students with financial need who will be studying abroad in Summer 2015, Fall 2015, or Spring 2016.

If you are a U.S. citizens or permanent resident and need help funding your summer or year in China, please apply.  Multiple scholarship available!

For information about FEA Scholarships, please visit

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

Gilman Scholarship - Application for Summer/Fall 2015 to Open Mid-January

The U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce two exciting updates for the upcoming scholarship application set to open in mid-January 2015.   Thank you for sharing this information with students and helping them prepare their applications!

To encourage  more non-traditional students to participate in education abroad, the Gilman Program will accept applications from students enrolled at community colleges/two-year institutions who will participate in credit-bearing education abroad programs that are a minimum of 14 days in length in one country, so long as the students meet all other applicant eligibility requirements.  This is a change from the four week minimum currently in place for all applicants. The  14 day minimum only applies to students enrolled at community colleges/two-year institutions.

Additionally, the Gilman Program will accept applications from students participating in education abroad programs in Mexican states where no advisory is in effect according to the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning ( *

Eligibility requirements; an applicant must be:

* A United States citizen;
* Enrolled as an undergraduate student at an accredited two- or four-year U.S. institution;
* Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term abroad;
* Applying to or accepted into a credit-bearing study abroad program or international internship;
* Participating in a study abroad program or international internship that is no less than four weeks (28 days) - or two weeks (14 days) for current community college students - in one country and no more than an academic year; and
* Studying or interning in any country not currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or Cuba. Students applying to programs in Mexico may only apply for scholarships to support study in Mexican states where no advisory is in effect according to the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.

The application for summer 2015 and fall/academic year 2015-2016 programs will open in mid-January and student applications are due March 3, 2015 by 11:59pm (central).

Advisers have until March 10, 2015 to certify summer and fall 2015 applications.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.  Since the program's inception in 2001, the Gilman Program has awarded over 17,000 U.S. undergraduates with high financial need representing more than 1,100 U.S. institutions, to study and intern abroad in more than 140 countries. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.

For more information and application resources, please visit the Gilman website at or contact the appropriate contact below:


Last Name A-D
Phone:  832-369-3477

Last Name E-K
Phone: 832-369-3484

Last Name L-Q
Phone: 832-369-3475

Last Name R-Z
Phone: 832-369-3485


Midwest & Northeast Regions
Phone: 832-369-3487

South & West Regions
Phone: 832-369-3483

Friday, December 5, 2014

Job Posting - Study Abroad Foundation (SAF)

Position Announcement:  Program Coordinator-China
Application Deadline:  December 22, 2014

Position Overview:

The Program Coordinator-China will manage the enrollment of undergraduate study abroad (visiting non-degree) students from Brunei, China, Taiwan, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore who are attending SAF-affiliated host universities in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australasia

The successful candidate will be responsible for processing 100-plus applications per semester and will take candidates from their initial admission review through to their host university submission, course registration, housing procurement and finally the issuance of final transcripts.  Specific responsibilities include the evaluation and analysis of prospective students’ credentials, submission of qualified candidates’ applications to SAF host universities, communication with SAF Country Offices in China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea as well as affiliated host universities, creation of relevant program materials, and the provision of personal, cultural, academic and emergency advice and assistance for the duration of participants’ study abroad experience.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities to Include:

  • Communicate with the SAF Country Offices in Asia and, in particular, China (Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai) ensuring effective exchange of information and providing guidance regarding student placement, acceptance criteria, application deadlines, etc.
  • Ensure accurate input of data into the SAF student database and subsequent extraction of relevant data for weekly reports and enrollment projections; previous database use a plus
  • Create, organize and ensure integrity of applicant’s paper and electronic files
  • Screen, evaluate and submit applications to SAF host universities
  • Follow-up with host universities to facilitate quick turn-around on student acceptances
  • Ensure timely and organized delivery of information and materials to SAF Country Offices, and SAF host universities
  • Secure participant housing, orientation participation, class registration, and arrival transportation
  • Create, revise and review pre-departure orientation materials and on-site communication sequence including emergency protocol
  • Provide prompt on-site student support services via phone and email; provide after hours student support services as needed


  • BA/BS required
  • Proficiency in spoken and written standard Chinese and English
  • Previous study abroad experience
  • Adept at prioritizing and multi-tasking
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, and exercise good judgment in addressing questions and problems
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Energetic and creative with excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong teamwork skills and an interest in working in and supporting a rapidly changing work environment
  • Willingness to travel in the U.S. and abroad

Work Environment:

  • Close-knit office environment
  • Willing to perform other duties as requested, directed or assigned
  • Resolving emergency situations may require additional work hours

The Foundation:

The Study Abroad Foundation is a US non-profit education organization – a 501(c)(3) - focused on student international mobility. SAF’s HQ is in Indianapolis, Indiana, with the majority of its staff based in the Foundation’s Country Offices in China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea.  SAF facilitates study abroad opportunities in the US, Canada, Europe and Australasia for international students attending its member universities in Asia.  For more information about the Foundation please visit our web site at

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter in English by email to: and include “Program Coordinator-China” in the email subject line.  Resumes will be screened as they are received and qualified candidates contacted for interviews.

The Study Abroad Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Study Abroad Foundation
1100 W. 42nd Street, Suite 216
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Tel: 317-925-2943
Fax:  317-925-2961

Monday, November 24, 2014

ILF Civic Fellowship Accepting Asian Pacific American Student Applications for 2015 新聞稿 - 國際領袖基金會宣布2015年暑期公共事務實習計劃

If you are an Asian Pacific American and are interested in public service, please consider applying for a ILF Civic Fellowship to intern in a federal agency in Washington, D.C. for 8-10 weeks during the summer. Information on the program is in both Chinese and English below.

國際領袖基金會 宣布 2015 年暑期 公共事務實習計劃

國際領袖基金會 (International Leadership Foundation) 2015 年度「暑期公共事務實習計劃」報名開始。
國際領袖基金會每年暑期都會選拔約 30 名傑出的亞太裔大學生 , 前往華盛頓首都的聯邦政府機構,白宮 、及 國會 實習 參加十個星期的公共事務實習計劃。 2015 年暑期公共事務實習計劃,現在開始接受報名,報名截止日期為 2015 年 2 月 1 日止。被選入此計劃的學生,還將在週末期間,參加國會山莊的領袖才能研討會,學習發展人際關係的技巧,從中學習對美國政府系統最有價 值 和第一手的知識。暑期公共事務實習計劃費用由基金會承擔,學生們需自付旅行及食宿費用,但可獲得基金會 $2000 元的資助。公共事務實習計劃申請者資格,需為亞太裔大學本科生學生,具美國公民身份,擁有 3.0 及以上的 GPA 成績。需要了解更多信息或提交申請,請 查 詢 。 國際領袖基金會在提升亞太裔社區參與公共服務方面有傑出的記錄。亞太裔社區需要在政府中有更大的代表性,因此,希望訓練新一代在他們各自領域中成為成功的領袖,從而提升亞太裔社區的聲音和能見度。
爲達成這一目標,國際領袖基金會舉辦的公共事務實習計劃,將會把參與該計劃的學生,安置到十數個聯邦政府機構,甚至有機會到位置極為有限的白宮,為希望體驗及了解政府 內 部運作的年輕亞太裔年 輕學生提供強化的訓練,以有效提升他們的領袖才能。 2014 年的公共事務實習學生進入 10 個聯邦政府部門、 16 個辦公室(其中包括國務院、國防部、商務部等)進行 8 個星期的實習,公共事務實習學生達 30 位之多 ,白宮連續第 5 年從國際領袖基金會中挑選實習生 。
本會還為過千名美國亞太裔,特別是華裔大學生提供獎學金和領袖訓練。 2014 有超過 200 名傑出大學生參加基金會各項計劃,還有超過 150 名傑出美國亞太裔學生參加由國際領袖基金會和「美國亞裔領袖訓練會 (CAPAL) 」合辦的培訓項目「美國華府領導人才研討會」,依日程分別舉辦不同性質及 內 容的「領袖人才培訓及講習」活動。
本會執行長董繼玲 說 “ 國際領袖基金會以教導亞裔未來的領袖如何進入美國主流社會 , 促進美國亞裔參與公共服務為宗旨,了解如何為我們社區爭取最大權益 ” 。 本會安排每個公共事務青年學者到美國聯邦政府各行政部門正式實習,了解美國國會、白宮的運作及政策發展;並表揚亞裔傑出楷模獎,組團拜訪國會及政府各部會,以提升美國亞裔權益;推展國際交流計劃,企業與領袖高峰論壇,提供國際青年領袖人才培訓,讓來自亞太地區國家與美國的優秀企業及社區領袖、青年學員,彼此互相研討國際事務,共創未來,形成全球青年領袖社群。
著名亞太裔領袖,前聯邦勞工部部長趙小蘭女士為國際領袖基金會名譽理事長,前交通部長豐田先生則為基金會名譽主席。全美分會會長包括林美蓮 ( 舊金山 ),   劉馨儀   ( 洛杉磯 ),    孔慶超 ( 底特律 ),   傅惠芬 ( 芝加哥 ) ,   李學海 ( 紐約 ),    黄國清 ( 華盛頓 DC ) , 伯尼莊麗香 ( 休斯頓 ),   嚴培達 ( 奧蘭多 ) ,   鄭漢城 ( 邁 阿密) , 葉超 , 吳 子平 ( 新英格蘭 ), 吳 小燕 ( 西雅圖 ) ,   Anila Ali ( 橙縣 ) , 簡衛 ( 亞特蘭大 ) 等 , 其他榮譽會長和委員會主委包括孫陳小鳴 ,   吳 來蘇 ,   許文忠 ,   陳鈞亞 ,   趙惠普 ,   沈郭逸媛 ,   羅維宗 等。

ILF Civic Fellowship Accepting Asian Pacific American Student Applications for 2015

The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is pleased to announce that the application process for the 2015 Civic Fellowship Program is open and ongoing until February 1, 2015. Every year, ILF’s selection committee identifies approximately 30 outstanding Asian Pacific American (APA) college students to spend eight to ten weeks interning at a federal agency in Washington D.C. during the summer.
Students accepted into the program are known as Civic Fellows and will receive a stipend of 2,000 dollars. In addition, they will attend weekly leadership seminars on Capitol Hill, learn networking skills and gain valuable, firsthand working knowledge of the American system of government. Fellows are responsible for their own travel, housing and living expenses.

“ILF has a stellar record of advocating for increased civic engagement and public service from the APA community,” said Chiling Tong, ILF’s Chief Executive Officer. “We need a greater representation of our community in government, and ILF’s goal is to train a new generation of successful leaders in their chosen fields and raise our community’s profile as engaged, American citizens who deserve to have our voices heard.”
Based on the interests and majors of selected Civic Fellowship candidates, ILF will work to place them with over a dozen federal agencies, as well as limited placements in congressional offices and the White House. “The ILF works hard to foster bright young APA youth who wish to experience the inner workings behind this great country’s national government, and provides effective training classes to enhance leadership skills,” said Norman Mineta, former Secretary of Transportation. Mr. Mineta is also the honorary chairman of ILF, while the Honorable Elaine Chao serves as honorary chairwoman.

Undergraduate students of APA heritage who are United States citizens and possess a GPA of 3.0 and above are eligible for this fellowship. Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2015. To learn more or submit an application, visit

About ILF

The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) has promoted the civic awareness, public service, and economic prosperity of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community as a non-profit organization. Our mission is to develop young leaders in the United States, Asia, and Pacific Rim countries in the fields of public affairs, entrepreneurship and international relations through a network of business and community leaders. ILF has a network of national advisory boards and global advisory councils in 15 cities and two continents, comprised of professional, civic and business leaders. Since its founding in 2000, ILF has provided scholarships and leadership training for thousands of talented APA college students from across the country.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NRS 496 - Seminar in International Development in Spring 2015


November 18, 2014

Hello students and colleagues,

I would like to remind you that it is possible for students to enroll in NRS 496 (3 credits) for the Spring semester (2015) even if you are not taking the International Development Minor.

What a deal!!

You can learn project and proposal development and have a job skill to put on your resume!

You Can Enroll Now:

NRS - 496
International Development Seminar
Wednesdays - 2:00PM - 4:30PM

If you need more information or a permission number let me know.

Professor David Abedon
Natural Resources Science Department

Friday, November 14, 2014

International Education Week at URI - Nov. 17-21!

Initiated in 2000 by the U.S. Departments of State and Education, International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of global education, including the development of cross-cultural competencies and the exchange of people and ideas across borders.

In its 4th year at URI, the week-long celebration involves a variety of globally-themed activities and is dedicated to enhancing international awareness across campus, as well as supporting global learning opportunities at URI, regionally and abroad

Please share the following activity highlights and the attached schedule with your students and colleagues! For event descriptions or questions, visit the IEW website or contact Kathleen Ramcharran at

Activity highlights include:

A Global Journey: Guest Lecture by Friedrich Löhr, Consul General of Germany in Boston (2008-2012)
TuesdayNovember 18
12:30-1:45pm, Multicultural Center, Hardge Forum

Internationally Acclaimed Author, Qais Akbar Omar of Afghanistan
TuesdayNovember 18
4:30-6:00pm, Chafee 271

The Syrian Crisis and Civil Society Activism 
WednesdayNovember 19
1:00-1:50pm, Edwards Auditorium

Work, Intern, and Volunteer Abroad!
ThursdayNovember 20
12:30-1:45pm, Quinn Auditorium

The Role of Women During and After the Conflict in Nepal
ThursdayNovember 20
2:30-3:15pm, Multicultural Center, Hardge Forum

Funding Opportunities for International Study & Research
ThursdayNovember 20
5:00pm, Lippitt 402

Perspectives of Women in the Middle East and South Asia: Voiced by URI Students, Alumni and Faculty
ThursdayNovember 20
6:30-8:00pm, URI College of Continuing Education, Providence Campus, Shepard Building

Celebration of International Student Life
FridayNovember 21
12:00-1:30pm, Memorial Union Atriums & Lobby

Sponsored by the Office of International Education in partnership with:

A.C.E. English Language Institute at URI, Alumni Association Women’s Council for Development, American Pharmacists Association at URI, Center for Career and Experiential Education, Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, College of Nursing, Department of Natural Resources Science, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design, Division of Student Affairs, Harrington School of Communication and Media, Health Services, Memorial Union Enhancement Committee, Office of National Fellowships, Office of the Provost, Office of Student Life, Polish Cultural Club, The Union Board, The Women’s Center, Total Image Hair Salon,University Honors Program, URI Summer Program in Calabria

11/18: Two Events to Promote U.S.-China Cultural Exchange

Prof. Ping Xu in the Department of Political Science and her students in PSC 377 Politics of China invite you to join them for two events on Tuesday, November 18:

Environmentalist talk (refreshments will be provided):
Speaker: Tim Mooney from the Nature Conservancy
Time: 6pm-8pm  Tuesday, November 18
Location: CBLS  Auditorium (Room 10)

Panel on US-China relations (Free food will be provided):
Speakers: Tong YU, Yuwen Chen, Richard Mcintyre, Art Mead
Time: 5-6pm Tuesday, November 18
Location: Washburn 316

Monday, November 10, 2014

Looking for a J-Term Course to Fulfill Chinese Major Requirements?

COM 310: Chinese Hollywood: Through The Lens of Visual Literacy

An intensive, interdisciplinary capstone course; exploring literature and research about Chinese Hollywood through visual literacy; and training students how to read Chinese film. Pre-requisite: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

Professor Yan Ma, Swan Hall 304, M-F, 9am-12pm plus blended online, 3 credits.

11/12: Confucius Institute Reading Room Opens!

The Confucius Institute at URI is pleased to announce the official opening of its Reading Room on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.  The Reading Room is located in the Confucius Institute conference room in the URI Library and has an extensive amount of Chinese language reading materials on a variety of topics at various proficiency levels available for student use.  Students may use the materials in the Reading Room or take them out for a period of 28 days.

Since Tuesday classes meet on Wednesday, November 12, the Reading Room will be open according to the Tuesday hours from 1:00-4:00 PM.

Confucius Institute Reading Room Fall 2014 Hours
Effective from November 12, 2014 to December 19, 2014.

Morning Sessions
9:00 - 12:00

9:00 - 12:00

9:00 - 12:00
Afternoon Sessions

1:00 - 4:00

1:00 - 4:00

Fourth Annual "Get A Passport & Travel" Workshop - International Education Week 2014

As part of International Education Week 2014, the Boston Passport Agency and United States Postal Service (USPS) will have staff on the University of Rhode Island Kingston campus on Friday, November 21, 2014 between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM in Atrium 2 of the Memorial Union to process both new and renewal passport applications. This is an opportunity for URI students, staff, and faculty to apply for or renew their passports quickly and conveniently.

To assist students with the expense associated with applying for a first-time passport, the URI Office of International Education is offering to subsidize the passport application fee ($110 value) for the first 50 URI full-time, U.S. undergraduate students who complete an application, provide proof of attendance at an International Education Week event, and bring all required documents for their passport to the workshop. Please note, applicants will still need to pay a $25 execution fee to the USPS.

To be considered for the subsidized passport, students must complete and submit an application form to the Office of International Education by 3:30 p.m. on November 10, 12, 13, or 14, 2014. No late submissions will be accepted.

Applications forms may be accessed at:
Required documents to bring to the passport workshop may be accessed at:

The Office of International Education is excited to offer this opportunity to URI students as part of International Education Week. There are also many other sponsored events throughout the week of November 17-21, to which all are encouraged to attend. To learn more about International Education Week workshops, talks, and events, visit:

Questions regarding passport services may be directed to

Free Summer 2015 China Program for College ROTC Students

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is seeking applications from college ROTC students nationwide for summer 2015 China program.  The program is sponsored by Project Global Officer.  If accepted, full scholarship is guaranteed.

The program dates are June 12-August 16, 2015.  Instead of the traditional grammar and drill teaching, and staying in dorms/hotels, the ERAU program uses Chinese language to teach 3 subject matters, as well as providing home stay.  The subject matters are speech, applied cross-culture communication, and introduction to geography.  As a result of the design of the program, one should make great improvement in Chinese language as well as gaining subject and cultural knowledge.  88% students in 2014 program gained in their language proficiency.  Fieldtrips to famous sites are part of the program activities.

ROTC students who study Chinese language or Chinese heritage students who know some Chinese are eligible to apply.

Please email Dr. Leeann Chen at for any questions.  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

11/6: URI Fellowships Info Session - Goldwater Scholarship

Thursday, November 6 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Lippitt Hall, 402 5 Lippitt Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA

Are you a sophomore or junior interested in pursuing a research career (Ph.D.) and majoring in the sciences, engineering, computer science, or math? Have you maintained a high GPA(approximately 3.75+ GPA) and gained research experience?
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by U.S. Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater by establishing in his name an endowed recognition program to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics. 
In Spring 2015, the Goldwater Foundation will award undergraduate scholarships of up to $7,500 to Barry Goldwater Scholars for use during the 2015-2016 academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students—those who will be college juniors and those who will be college seniors in the 2015-2016 academic year—who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. 
In their applications, students must include a statement of interest in a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, detailing how their academic program and their overall educational plans will prepare them for their chosen career goal. It is expected that students selected as scholars will pursue advanced degrees. (Please note: Students who plan to study medicine as an MD/PhD are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a practicing physician with emphasis on the clinical practice of medicine and patient care.)
Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to $7,500 annually. Students who apply for a Goldwater as a current sophomore are eligible for up of two years of scholarship support (junior and senior years), and students who apply as current juniors are eligible for one year of scholarship support (senior year).
The Goldwater requires institutional nomination, coordinated by the URI Honors Program. To learn more and begin the process to be considered for URI nomination (application due Monday, 11/24), please attend this info session with Kathleen Maher, Assistant Director for National Fellowships. If you are unable to attend the info session, please let us know your interest in the scholarship ( to begin working on the application for URI nomination. 
For more information on the Goldwater Scholarship, visit

3-Part Chinese Movie Night Starting Tonight!

Join students in PSC 377 for a 3-Part Chinese Movie Night Series.  Attend one or all three!
1st Night, Wednesday, 11/5: Travel to the West: Conquering Demons (Comedy)
2nd Night, Wednesday, 11/12:  Crimson Cliff (History)
3rd Night, Wednesday, 11/19: Rain of Assassins (Wushu)
Movies will be shown at 7:30 PM in White Hall Auditorium and will be in Mandarin Chinese with English sub-titles.
Open to all.
Pizza will be served.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TODAY at 5:30 in Swan AUD: REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT New project REUSE of disposable food packaging and public lecture

Public lecture: Community Investors: Artist Practice as Social Innovation
Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m., Swan Hall auditorium, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, USA

The project Reuse: disposable food packaging is a project by the Berlin based project group REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT. 
Reuse is designed as an interdisciplinary open process to work with students from Art, Engineering, and Communication. Reuse will raiseawareness of disposable food and beverage packaging, encourage its avoidance and promote the use and reuse of natural resources.Disposable food packaging will be collected, granulated and transformed and designed in an engineering process. The project will enrich the discourse about a sustainable campus and help the university pioneer innovative ways to promote conservation, recycling and reuse of natural resources. Students learn problem-based approaches inside and outside the classroom and explore the complexity of circles and to translate it into a sustainable design. They will develop an understanding of interconnections within this interdisciplinary practice.
This pilot project will contribute to integrating interdisciplinary learning on problem-based solutions at URI. Sharing resources and knowledge will be one of the future sources. Art can be the gateway to develop holistic narratives.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Reminder: Flagship & Honors Info Session Today at 5 PM

Dear Flagship Students:

Please join Dr. Lynne Derbyshire, Director of the University Honors Program, for a conversation about the Honors Program particularly as it pertains to Flagship students. 

Monday, October 27 from 5-6 PM
Hillside Hall Main Lounge
Light refreshments will be served.

Learn about the following and come with your own questions:
What are the advantages to completing the University Honors Program in addition to Flagship?
What are the requirements and how do Flagship Chinese courses contribute to those requirements?
What resources are available to me through Honors?

URI Flagship Students Reels and Pham Selected as Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows

We are proud to announce that two of our URI Flagship students, Eric Reels and Minh Pham, were selected as Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows.  Reels and Pham recently attended the Project Pengyou Leadership Summit at Harvard University and are now working to found a chapter of Project Pengyou here at URI focused on U.S.-China relations.

Read the press release for more information:

The 3rd Annual Chinese Speech Contest in Rhode Island - Enter by Oct. 31!

Sponsors: URI Confucius Institute, Chinese Flagship Program, Chinese Section of Department of Languages, and Chinese Program of Brown University
Dear Chinese Students,
Hope you have been enjoying taking Chinese this fall! The annual Chinese speech contest in Rhode Island has been a success since 2012, Our mission is to provide an opportunity for speakers to improve their speaking abilities and to recognize the best as encouragement to all. Also, we hope to provide an opportunity to learn by observing the more proficient speakers who have benefited from their journey of learning Chinese. We are delighted to announce our annual program of The Third Annual Chinese Speech Contest in Rhode Island. Please see details below.
Final Contest Date: Friday, November 14th, 2014, 12:00-2:00 pm
Place: Edwards Auditorium (64 Upper College Rd., Kingston, RI, 02881)
Registration and Rules

1. Each applicant is required to:
1)  Complete an application form online:
2)  Email a 1-minute video or recording of your speech sample on any topics (self-introduction, the topic of your speech, etc.).

2. The length and content of speech are required as follows:
1. 100-level
1-minute speech
1-minute talent show
2. 200-level
2-minute speech
talent show optional
3. 300+-level
3-minute speech
talent show optional
Students are free to choose their own theme of speech based on their own Chinese language skills and life experiences as long as it is related to China and Chinese culture.
The talent show is required for the 100-level for the final contest. The talent show is not required for the 200 and 300+- levels. If you do it, it will be your extra credits. The talent show can be singing of a Chinese song, recitation of a Chinese poem, etc. There is no specific genre as long as it is related to China and Chinese culture. The length is 1 minute. 
3. After reviewing the application materials, we will invite 20 finalists (8 100-level, 6 200-level, and 6 300+-level) to compete at the final contest on Nov. 14th , 2014. The invitation notice will be sent out by Nov. 4th, 2014, together with further details.
4. The finalists need to prepare the following materials and have them email to by Nov. 7th, 2014.
1)  A script (in both Chinese and English) of the speech.

2)  Applicant’s selfie
3)  Any other materials, such as music for the talent show, power point slides, etc. (If any).
5. During the final contest, the judges will ask two or three questions immediately afterwards based on the delivered speech.
6. Finalists must be present on-site on Nov. 14th, 2014.
7. Parking Guidance: A parking lot is available behind the visitor’s center. A visitor pass is needed daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the whole stay on weekdays. Simply park beside the visitor’s center and tell them you are here for the speech contest. They will open the gate for you to enter the parking lot. The visitor’s center is located at 45 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881.

*Incomplete applications will not be processed. No registration will be accepted after Oct. 31st, 2014.

If you have any questions, please email

We look forward to meeting with you at The 3rd Chinese Speech Contest in Rhode Island!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chinese Flagship Program Application Now Open for Spring 2015 Admission for Current Undergraduates - Apply by Dec. 1

We are pleased to announce that the application is now open and due December 1 for Spring 2015 admission to the Chinese Flagship Program.

Who is eligible?
  • Students at any level of Chinese from any major who are
    • Honors-eligible = Min. GPA of 3.3
    • committed to long-term study on campus and in China - Flagship students typically complete the Capstone Year in China in the 4th year
    • have professional goals related to China and the Chinese language

Apply online at by December 1
  • Application form
  • Personal statement in English
  • Chinese writing sample
  • 3 letters of recommendation - at least one from a Chinese instructor

Want to learn more?  Attend a Flagship Information Session:
Email us at 
Talk to Flagship students at Chinese Tea & Conversation Hour today and every Friday 4:30-5:30 in Hillside Lounge.

Students currently enrolled in CHN 101 or 102 who are admitted to Flagship will be expected to participate in the FREE Flagship Winter Immersion Program January 5-16 here on campus. Students at higher levels of Chinese will be assessed for proficiency and placed at the appropriate level on an individual basis.