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 consists of one semester of direct enrollment at Nanjing University, followed by a 4-6 month professional internship in their field of study in China. 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.
- 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 and spend additional time with tutors, and
- Are successfully applying for nationally competitive scholarships
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.
Events & Deadlines
August 25- First Day of Classes
September 12- Annual WKU Flagship Orientation
November TBD- Capstone Application Workshop
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