Contact / Visit Us
Step foot on one of the country’s most picturesque campuses, get a feel for the Flagship classroom environment, talk to students who were in your shoes just months ago, and find out for yourself how Chinese Flagship fits in to a combination of specialized programs that fully prepare you for the job market.
Students are encouraged, though not required, to visit campus, sit in class(es), and meet with Flagship faculty, staff, and students. In most cases, the best time to visit is 8am, 10am, or 11am, Mon.-Fri, except on exam days (see table below).
If you are attending a campus event on a weekend, we encourage you to come a day early or stay a day late in order to sit in class and interact with Flagship students. There is no substitute to observing a classroom and getting a feel for the program’s culture. It is quite distinct from a traditional language class.
We also encourage you to arrange to visit any other special programs you might be interested in. Many of them will give tours, allow you to meet with team members, and give you a tour of their facilities.
It is recommended that students visit early to enhance their chances of acceptance; however, students can and may also choose to visit in early spring after being accepted.
Note: If you have applied and have a significant background in Chinese, you may want to plan a visit around our placement interview time window. Many of our new students have little or no background and complete our June-July domestic summer program. Some skip the summer and begin in the fall, while still others start college by joining our rising sophomores at our Taiwan summer program. A placement interview will be conducted shortly after selections are complete, usually in February. These can be done remotely, but some students choose to do them in person in conjunction with a campus visit.
Blackout Days (spring dates coming soon)
The table below indicates exam days and other “black out” (✘) dates. A (✔︎︎) means the day is available for the given level (see below for which you can/should attend).
|Wed, Sept 8||✘||✔︎|
|Fri, Sept 10||✔︎||✘|
|Thurs, Sept 30||✘||✔︎|
|Fri, Oct 1||✔︎||✘|
|Fri, Oct 15||✘||✔︎︎|
|Fri, Oct 22||✔︎||✘︎|
|Mon, Nov 1||✘||✔︎|
|Fri, Nov 12||✔︎||✘|
|Tues, Nov 16||✘||✔︎|
|Mon – Fri, Nov 22 – 26
|Thurs, Nov 2 and beyond
(final exams & winter break)
Planning Your Visit
- After comparing your availabilities to the table above, contact us with your preferences.
- Classes to Visit
- Regardless of your background in Mandarin (many students have none, while others have 6 or more and even lived in China), ALL visiting prospects should consider visiting the Freshman course. The freshmen are best able to answer questions about the transition into college. The course also allows visitors to see how much is covered in our pre-freshman intensive language program. Each program (high school or college) has its own emphasis and moves at its own pace. This class is the easiest way to calibrate and begin planning for the future. Students with a significant background (≈2+ years) should consider coming to the sophomore class as well, keeping in mind that in the summers after freshman and sophomore years, students complete an additional year’s worth of material. This will give you a good sense of where you might place (we give placement exams to visitors, when possible, and over Skype to accepted students, usually in February or March).
- Best Time(s) of Day
- Both the freshman and sophomore courses have a section at 11am. If your morning schedule is stacked with visits to multiple special programs, you can split the 11am hour and visit both sections. Otherwise, we also have additional freshman sections at 8 and 10am. We strongly encourage you to make full use of the day to take a campus tour and visit other programs and their classes.
- Coordinate Program Visits
- Campus tours are available on most weekdays through the Admissions office (Schedule a visit).
- When you schedule the visit, be sure to list the programs that you are interested in meeting with. We strongly encourage you to also get in touch with us directly to go over the finer details well in advance of your visit. Oftentimes, in discussing a visit over email or telephone, we discover that a student has special interests that warrant a visit with certain departments, special programs, and individual students with similar pursuits.
- Generically, these are 3-hour events that start either in the morning or the afternoon; however, your priority should be to visit any departments or specialized programs and their classes. If, for example, you need to meet with a program rep at 1pm, you may need to miss the first hour of the campus tour (the information session). You may be able to join the tour at 2, when the walking tour begins. You will want to confirm this in advance with the Admissions Office.
- Other Programs
- Many of our students are also members of several of the programs below (2 or more is not unusual) :
- The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College – a selective program that provides a “small liberal arts college environment” while you pursue almost any majors/programs at Ole Miss
- The Croft Institute for International Studies – a selective major with regional concentrations and tracks for business/economics, global politics, and social/cultural issues
- The CME
- Center for Manufacturing Excellence – Interdisciplinary for Engineering, Business, or Accounting majors
- Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program – full cost of attendance provided to students dedicated to teaching
- The Center for Intelligence and Security Studies – a selective minor that includes internships with a government agency
- 4-year scholarships available for Flagship-ROTC students in the Army or Air Force branches
- The Lott Leadership Institute – policy studies for those interested in pursuing a career in local, state, or national politics
- Getting on the Schedule
- PLEASE DO NOT SHOW UP UNANNOUNCED. You need to contact the program and receive confirmation before finalizing your travel plans. The Admissions office is equipped to arrange your visit, but it is often a good idea to contact each program you are interested in so they can discuss your specific needs and interest and place you in the most appropriate classes. Many students are members of 2, 3 or even 4 different special programs, so the staff members coordinate regularly to provide the most complete visits possible to prospective students.
- All, or nearly all, Flagship courses are held on the 2nd floor of the Croft Institute for International Studies. Directions available at the following link: Croft Institute Directions
Chinese Language Flagship Program
Department of Modern Languages
The University of Mississippi
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848
Phone: (662) 915-7298
Fax: (662) 915-1086