Chinese Flagship at SF State

Program Highlights:

  • Guided intensive language study, peer tutoring and faculty mentoring at SF State
  • Summer overseas intensive language immersion in China or Taiwan
  • Language Flagship Overseas Capstone Year in China at Nanjing University and Beijing Union University
  • Language Flagship professional internship in China
  • Scholarship support for overseas study (U.S. Citizens only)

From the Director

Students, are you considering an international career? Then Flagship could be for you! 

The San Francisco State University (SF State) Chinese Flagship Program provides guided intensive language training, overseas study and professional internship opportunities in the Chinese-speaking world, scholarship support and international career advising for undergraduate students. Funded by The Language Flagship, a federal initiative to promote education in critical languages, the SF State Flagship seeks to provide students in all disciplines with the linguistic and cultural proficiency to work in Greater China in their fields of interest — creating a class of true global professionals. 

No previous knowledge of Chinese is required to begin the program. We are looking for students who are eager to pursue immersive cultural experiences and committed to reach superior language proficiency. Here at SF State, Flagship students benefit from special classes, one-on-one tutoring opportunities and a range of cultural activities. The curriculum is articulated with summer study programs to build proficiency. The culminating Flagship experience is the Capstone Year at either Nanjing University or Beijing Union University: Students combine language studies with direct enrollment in regular Chinese university courses and complete a professional internship in a Chinese company or organization.

Think globally, act locally! Please come and see us today. We welcome your interest in the SF State Chinese Flagship Program.


Charles Egan
Professor of Chinese
Director of the SF State Chinese Flagship Program


Launched in 2009, the SF State Chinese Flagship Program is an exciting initiative for undergraduate students seeking careers related to China and the Chinese-speaking world. Through intensive language instruction and cultural training at SF State and overseas, we work closely with our students to facilitate mastery and application of the language for long-term success.

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 undergraduate 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.