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Rhode Island Institute of Chinese Studies for High School Students

The Rhode Island Institute of Chinese Studies is program designed to introduce select high school juniors and seniors to the study of the Chinese language culture. It is a highly selective program, accepting no more than four students from any high school in Rhode Island. The aim of the Institute is to identify potential candidates for the Chinese Language Flagship Program and provide them with a foundation for furthering studies in the Chinese language in conjunction with a chosen major. The program is co-organized by the URI Chinese Language Flagship Program and URI Confucius Institute.

Eligibilty Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in the 11thor 12th grade in Rhode Island
  • Commitment to intensive study of Chinese throughout the program
  • Minimum GPA of 3.4 or top 10% of high school class
  • Evidence of leadership or service to the community
  • Strong time mangagement skills
  • Little or no prior study of Chinese language


The course is offered as CHN 101: Beginning Chinese I (3 URI credits) during the URI spring semester. Coursework will focus on conversation, Pinyin, daily expressions, fundamentals of pronunciation and grammar, reading, and writing. The semester will be 15 weeks with 45 teaching hours.



Section offer in Spring 2013 following the URI semester schedule, which runs from February 25 - June 14, skipping weeks when URI and the public schools are on break:

- URI Providence Campus (Feinstein Campus):Mondays and Wednesdays,    4:00-6:00 PM


Download an Institute application.

Download an Institute financial aid application.

Deadline: February 18, 2013





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