Become a Chinese Flagship Student

Flagship Prep

The Flagship Prep phase is for students with little to no Chinese language training. Have you studied Chinese for two years or less? This is the phase for you. Students in Flagship Prep typically enroll in CHIN 101, 102 or 103 depending on their incoming Chinese proficiency. Proficiency is determined through standardized tests and/or a meeting with the Flagship Academic Advisor, Dr. Frederik Green. Flagship Prep students are also expected to complete CHIN 175 and CHIN 275 with a grade of C or better. Flagship Prep students will be paired with a Chinese tutor for additional language practice.

Prep Phase Summer Language Training

Prep Phase students are eligible for scholarship funding to help support summer study at Indiana University or the University of Rhode Island. We recommend this option for novice to intermediate level students interested in summer language study. For more information on the Flagship Chinese Institute at Indiana, please visit the Flagship Chinese Institute website. For more information on the URI Chinese Flagship Immersion Program at the University of Rhode Island, please visit the URI Chinese Flagship Immersion Program website.

Apply to Flagship Prep

If you prefer to submit a PDF copy of the application, please contact us at flagship@sfsu.edu to obtain a copy. Otherwise, you can submit an online application.


Flagship Partner

The Flagship Partner Phase is for students with intermediate to advanced level Chinese language proficiency. Students in Flagship Partner meet with our Flagship Advisor, Dr. Frederik Green, regularly to determine class placement. Partner Phase students must complete CHIN 475, 476, 501 and two advanced level content courses before enrolling in the Capstone Year Overseas.

Overseas Summer Language Training

Flagship Partner Phase students and students that have completed CHIN 303 are eligible to enter a Flagship summer overseas program. Intermediate level students already enrolled in the Flagship Program who meet stated proficiency requirements are advised to apply for Flagship-approved overseas summer study programs to complete the summer study component. Proficiency requirements are verified by standardized assessment.

Flagship-approved programs for Summer 2017:

Skye's Adventures in Taiwan Through Flagship ICLP

Current Flagship Prep student Skye Van Valkenburgh was in Taiwan during the summer of 2014 and returned as an intern the following summer. Check out Skye's blog.


Flagship Capstone Year

Flagship students who have completed all program requirements and are assessed at an advanced proficiency level are eligible to apply for the Flagship Capstone year overseas. The Language Flagship administers Capstone programs at Nanjing University and at Beijing Union University. Both Capstone Programs feature direct enrollment, one-on-one tutoring and professional internships in China. Past students have interned at companies like TEDx Shanghai, investment company Transist and Chinese fashion brand Coco Bella among others. The Capstone year is designed to advance student's Mandarin language proficiency and provide experiential learning opportunities.

Rachel Critelli's Flagship Capstone Blog

Read about Rachel's experience during her Capstone year. Rachel, a Holistic Health and Chinese major and SF State, direct enrolled at Nanjing University during Fall 2013. During the Spring semester of 2014 Rachel interned at a non-profit in Yunnan Province. Check out Rachel's blog.