First Summer abroad: Policies & Scholarships

Important Requirements

  • All Flagship students must attend our Shanghai Program

    (unless they enter Flagship in CHIN 313 or higher)

  • Students Are Eligible For Both Mandatory Summers Abroad
    • Scholarships for non-ROTC Flagship students attending Shanghai are funded by the University of Mississippi
      This keeps UM Flagship students eligible for federal Language Flagship scholarship funds towards the following summer’s programming.
    • The UM Scholarship funding only applies to Shanghai. You do not maintain eligibily for UM scholarship funds if you place beyond Shanghai.
    • Flagship students are eligible for one single summer abroad of federal Flagship funds (at an approved Flagship program). If you do not go abroad in the summer after our 300 level, you may receive Flagship funds for the summer after 400 level.
      * Federal Flagship funds are always subject to availability and not to be considered an entitlement.
  • All Flagship students must return to China after CHIN 314

    Or achieve the equivalent proficiency gains, before continuing on to the 400 level of Flagship
    Our Flagship students keep their eligibility to receive up to $5,000 in scholarship funds from The Language Flagship toward this “second summer” abroad.
    These scholarship funds may only be used for an approved summer program.
    If you wish to go to China for a semester instead, you will have to find other funding sources.

  • Full, Unlimited Scholarships for Contracted ROTC Students

    Contracted ROTC students may receive the scholarships described below in multiple summers.
    If you are in ROTC but not (yet) contracted, only the “regular” Flagship scholarship structure applies.


  • Regular Flagship Students

     
    All UM Chinese Flagship students who complete CHIN 212 in compliance with the Flagship Standard are awarded the scholarship below.

    • Award Details

      • Item

        Cost

        Shanghai University Tuition & Fees $3,238
        UM Tuition & Fees* $2,794
        SA Application Fee $100
        SA Safety Mobile App Fee $10
        SA Mandatory Travel Insurance $84
        Approx. Airfare** $10
        Approximate Total $8,142
        Approximate Scholarship $4,642
        Final Student Contribution*** $3,500

        * UM Tuition and fees include the salary of our Flagship resident director – an absolutely essential element in the success of the overseas program

        ** Airfare can be as low as $1,200 or as much as, or more than $2,200. The average in recent years, however, has hovered around $1,750

        *** The final student contribution does NOT take into account food costs (the assumption is that you would be paying for food if you were home, and probably spending considerably more than you would in China).

        NOTE: The costs above are subject to change. We publish them here so you can see how costs have broken down in the most recent year.

      • Requirements

        1. Good Academic Standing

          Your performance in Flagship and overall must meet our Flagship Academic Standard policy.

          Note the special considerations for the semester before Shanghai.

        2. Intermediate Mid Proficiency Level

          UM Chinese Flagship expects students to reach Intermediate Mid (IM) in Speaking, Listening, and Reading by the end of the 200 level (spring semester).

          By the end of Shanghai you are expected to reach at least Intermediate High (IH).

          All students heading to our Shanghai program will take proficiency exams in early or mid April.

          This requirement should not cause you so much grief that you hesitate to buy your airfare. Unless your instructor specifically informs you that you are well behind your classmates and may not be able to continue, you should go ahead and buy your airfare when most strategic for you. Be sure to ask your instructor in early spring about your standing.


  • Flagship Students Contracted in ROTC (or contracting by mid spring)

     

    • Award Coverage

      • All Tuition & Fees

        These include those of the host institution and UM Study Abroad

      • Airfare of up to $2,000 (on U.S. carrier)

        These must comply with the Fly America Act.

        See notes in “Requirements” section below.

      • Meal Stipend

        The meal stipend worth approximately $14 per day for the duration of the program & pre- and post-travel dates (roughly 57 days)

      • Visa Fees

        When attending the Shanghai program, the visa and brokerage fee (currently $165 for both) will be covered.

        Postage may not be covered, unless we send your application in with everyone else’s and return it to you on campus.

        You cannot receive more than our regular calculated cost ($165), even if you get your visa processed on your own (by an agency other than the one we use).

    • Requirements

      1. Contracted ROTC Cadet / Midshipman

        Your ROTC commander must confirm with us (UMCLFP) in writing in early spring that you have already contracted in ROTC or will be contracted in ROTC by mid April of the coming year (the month before your departure to the program).

      2. Fly America – Compliant Itinerary
        • All legs of your flight must have the flight number of an American carrier, such as American, Delta, United, etc.
        • Your American carrier flight(s) must go all the way to China.

          You can have a stop-over in Japan or South Korea, for example, but you can’t fly to Japan or Korea and then switch to a non-U.S. airline (even if you wanted to pay for it yourself).

          If you wanted to visit Japan, Korea, etc. before or after your program dates, you would want to buy a separate round-trip ticket that departs and returns to China with dates that fall inside your trans-Pacific itinerary.

      3. Good Academic Standing

        Your performance in Flagship and overall must meet our Flagship Academic Standard policy.

        Note the special considerations for the semester before Shanghai.

      4. Intermediate Mid Proficiency Level

        UM Chinese Flagship expects students to reach Intermediate Mid (IM) in Speaking, Listening, and Reading by the end of the 200 level (spring semester).

        By the end of Shanghai you are expected to reach at least Intermediate High (IH).

        All students heading to our Shanghai program will take proficiency exams in early or mid April.

        This requirement should not cause you so much grief that you hesitate to buy your airfare. Unless your instructor specifically informs you that you are well behind your classmates and may not be able to continue, you should go ahead and buy your airfare when most strategic for you. Be sure to ask your instructor in early spring about your standing.