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Chinese Flagship Program 中文领航

Photograph:Chinese Flagship group photoPhotograph: Chinese Flagship student Kelly TursicPhotograph: Flagship student Tyler ProchazkaPhotograph: Hannah and XiaonaPhotograph: Flagship Students attend ICLP Flagship Students in Xi'an

Welcome to the Chinese Language Flagship Program!

Kelly Tursic, International Affairs and Asian Religions and Cultures double major, studied in Suzhou with a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship

Tyler Prochazka, fourth year International Affairs and Asian Religions and Cultures double major traveled during Princeton in Beijing summer program last summer. This summer, he is in China again on a Critical Language Scholarship.

Hannah Garland, International Affairs and Asian Religions and Cultures double major, speaks with Instructor Xiaona Zhang at Flagship BBQ

Flagship Scholars attend the Intensive Chinese Language Program in Taipei, Taiwan in Summer 2015

Flagship students studied abroad together in Xi'an, China in Winter 2014

Our program

The Chinese Language Flagship Program at WKU became the 9th such program in the nation in 2009. Sponsored by The Language Flagship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program within the Defense Language and National Security Education Office, our program seeks to bring students from the beginning level of Chinese proficiency to the Superior level during their undergraduate career. Students take Flagship courses every semester in addition to their major or minor coursework, with the intent to reach professional proficiency in the language.

Students also participate in many intensive Chinese language opportunities in the U.S. and China during the Winter or Summer terms. All students, upon reaching the Advanced-Mid level of proficiency, may apply for participation in a Capstone Year in China. The Capstone Year includes advanced level Chinese coursework and direct enrollment at either Nanjing University or Tianjin Normal University, and a professional internship in any field of study. Students who complete this requirement and test at the Superior level will receive certification through the National Security Education Program. 

Flagship Certified Professionals are highly motivated graduates equipped with the language proficiency and intercultural insights for careers in federal government, global business, nongovernmental organizations, and other fields. 


Our students…

  • Are all students in the Honors College at WKU,
  • Represent 23 degree programs across all 5 of WKU’s academic colleges,
  • With few exceptions, start the program with no prior knowledge of Chinese,
  • Include 3 graduates of The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky,
  • Typically travel to China at least once per year,
  • Engage in Chinese class 5 days a week, 
  • Receive weekly one-on-one tutoring with native speakers, and
  • Are successfully applying for nationally competitive scholarships


The Language Flagship

The Language Flagship is a national effort to change the way Americans learn languages. Flagship offers language programs at schools across the United States for undergraduates students in critical languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Designed as a network of programs, The Language Flagship seeks to graduate students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of proficiency in one of many languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.       

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Events & Deadlines


August 25- First Day of Classes

September 12- Annual WKU Flagship Orientation

October 17- Capstone Application Workshop

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 Last Modified 8/27/15