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1st-Year Chinese

The Summer Language Workshop is pleased to offer First-Year Chinese in collaboration with the Flagship Chinese Institute.

Participants in First-Year Chinese learn to understand and speak Chinese at the Novice High or Intermediate Low level. Participants who complete the course successfully will be able to navigate in an Chinese-speaking environment, engage comfortably in day-to-day exchanges, and participate in simple social exchanges in Chinese. They will have a solid foundation for further study or for traveling to China.

Participants study 4 hours a day, Monday-Friday, and earn 8 undergraduate credits or 4 graduate credits of First-Year Chinese. All participants receive individual instruction sessions.

All courses are contingent upon enrollment and funding.

Participants supplement their classroom instruction by participating in the an extensive program of events, including weekly movie screenings, Chinese tables at local restaurants, and lectures by scholars from China. Some activities are conducted in English and some in the language of study. Here are some highlights from previous years:

  • Chinese Paper Cutting Workshop
    Yu Lin, Chinese Instructor, Johns Hopkins University
  • Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
    IU Chinese Calligraphy Club
  • Taiji Classes
    Brian Flaherty, Assistant Director, Chinese Flagship Center
  • Annual Student Performance Night
  • State Department Info Session & Coffee Hour
    Michael McClellan, Recruitment and Outreach Officer in residence at Western Kentucky University
  • CIA Info Session & Coffee Hour
    Including recruiters from the Directorate of Operations and Directorate of Support
  • Finding and Applying for an International Award Workshop
    Paul Fogleman, Associate Director, Undergraduate Scholars Office for Competitive Awards, Research and Engagement, Indiana University

May 29 - July 27, 2018

The summer program consists of two 4.5-week courses, with participants receiving grades for each. No classes will meet on July 4.

Graduate students, undergraduates, and professionals from all over the United States, as well as from other countries, participate in the Summer Language Workshop. The staff will work with international graduate students to help arrange necessary visa support.

Contact us if you have questions about your eligibility.

Single-room housing in Willkie Quadrangle is available to Workshop participants at an estimated rate of $30.70 per day. Participants studying the same language live in adjacent units and share a kitchen and lounge. Housing details will be included in the admissions packet for successful applicants.

Participants are required to stay in the dorm and participate in a Chinese-only language pledge.

Indiana University offers summer meal plans, but Workshop participants are not required to purchase them and may opt to cook in the dormitory or to make their own arrangements.

There is a $200 non-refundable housing application fee. This fee may be waived or reduced for current IU students who live in RPS residence halls during the academic year.


All Workshop participants pay in-state tuition.

Credit Hours Estimated Cost per Credit Hour (based on 2017 rates) Fees Total
Undergraduate 8 $285 $750 $3030
Graduate 4 $365 $665 $2220

These rates are estimates. 2018 rates will be posted here as soon as they are published.


Workshop Application Fee: None. The Workshop has no application fee.

Flagship Chinese Institute Fee: $250 (non refundable; charged after enrollment)

Indiana University Fees: Varies by credit hours.
All participants pay miscellaneous fees (technology, health, activity, etc.) set by the university. For a full list of associated fees, see Student Central. (Please note that the health service provides discounts at the Health Center, but does not provide health insurance.)

International Participants: $65 application fee through the Office of International Services.

On-Campus Housing: Participants staying in IU housing pay a $200 non-refundable housing application fee. This fee may be waived or reduced for current IU students who live in RPS residence halls during the academic year.

All fees are subject to change. Please refer to the IU Office of the Bursar Rates and Policies for official tuition and fee information.

Project GO (ROTC) Scholarships

IU Project GO Scholarships fully funds Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Option ROTC students for domestic study in the Summer Language Workshop. The deadline for application is February 20, 2018. Find out more and apply at the Project GO website.

Friends of the Workshop Scholarship

Funded through generous donations of alumni and supporters of the Indiana University Summer Language Workshop, the "Friends" scholarship funds participants in any Workshop course. The scholarships are open to any participant who is not eligible for another Workshop scholarship or fellowship. Review eligibility requirements and apply via the online application.