Chinese Flagship at SF State

The Chinese Flagship Program at SF State

Launched in 2009, the SF State Chinese Flagship Program is a competitive program that combines intensive language instruction and cultural training with professional development. This program provides Flagship students with special domestic courses, individualized tutoring, domain training, multiple study abroad opportunities and a professional internship in China.

The SF State Chinese Flagship Program involves coursework both at SF State and overseas:

  • Coursework at SF state, enhanced by personalized tutoring
  • Overseas summer study: 8-week program, specialized for Flagship Students
  • Overseas “capstone” year; specialized Flagship courses, direct enrollment courses, career-oriented internship

The Flagship Program combines well with any major and enhances students’ competitiveness for scholarships, career opportunities, and graduate school admissions. Students receive individualized advising and become part of a community of highly motivated peers.

The Flagship Program is open both to students who begin their study of Chinese at SF State and to students who enroll at an intermediate or advanced level, including students who grew up speaking Chinese at home. You must be a SF State undergraduate to participate in the SF State Chinese Flagship Program.

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