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VIDEO: I Am a Global Rebel

William Bumpas

William Bumpas

What I really want to do is to be able to talk to people, and with the Chinese language skills that I have gained at Ole Miss, I am getting the opportunity to do that.—William Bumpas, student in the Chinese Language Flagship Program at the University of Mississippi 

Chinese Flagship Program
UM is home to the only Arabic and Chinese language programs in the state

Digital platforms and economic growth are shortening the divide between America and China, and the university is giving some of the students in the international studies program a competitive edge through the Chinese Language Flagship Program. The University of Mississippi is one of only nine universities in the United States to offer this program in partnership with two centers in Nanjing and Tianjin, China. This intensive program is designed to help students develop an extremely high proficiency in Chinese language skills, along with a deep understanding of history and culture.

See how three trips to China changed William’s perspective as a student and as a future international leader.