The SF State Chinese Flagship Program is one of 29 Flagship Programs at 22 institutions of higher education across the U.S. funded by 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 undergraduate students in critical languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, and Russian. 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 many languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.

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The Chinese Flagship Program at SF State

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.

Flagship Chinese Language Coursework at SF State

The courses listed below are representative of most students' programs. All Flagship students will meet with the program advisor to develop an individual study plan that meets their needs. Students with previous Chinese learning experiences may start at a different level than Chinese 101.

Year One


  • CHIN 101: First Semester Chinese
  • CHIN 175: Flagship Language Lab I


  • CHIN 102: Second Semester Chinese
  • CHIN 176: Flagship Language Lab II

Year Two


  • CHIN 103: Third Semester Chinese
  • CHIN 177: Flagship Language Lab III


  • CHIN 303: Intermediate Chinese
  • CHIN 375: Introduction to Academic Prose (recommended)

Summer: Partner Phase Summer Language Training*

  • CHIN 311: Conversation and Reading
  • CHIN 312: Speech and Writing

Year Three


  • CHIN 401: Advance Chinese
  • CHIN 410: Building Chinese Media Literary


  • CHIN 501: Introduction to Classical Chinese
  • MLL 325: Linguistics for Foreign Languages

Year Four


  • CHIN 521: Chinese Modern Fiction (Flagship Content Course)
  • CHIN 475: Flagship Chinese I


  • CHIN 550: Flagship Domain Training
  • CHIN 601 or 611 (GWAR)

Year Five


  • Capstone Year Coursework* (Required)


  • Capstone Year internship* (Required)

*View the Study Abroad tab to find out more about Summer and Capstone requirements.

The Flagship Program is designed to pair with any major available at SF State. Our goal is to help you become a bilingual professional in your field. In order to better understand potential pathways through the program, we have provided some sample roadmaps with information on classes and timelines. If you have additional advising questions, please contact Chinese Flagship Program Associate Director and Adviser Frederik Green by email at

Number of Majors Major Entering As PDF
Single Flagship Chinese Beginner Download the Single Beginner Major Roadmap
Single Flagship Chinese Intermediate Download the Single Intermediate Major Roadmap
Double Flagship Chinese AND International Relations   Download the Double Major Roadmap


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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. (View their links below)

Partner Phase 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:

Domestic Summer:

Overseas Summer:

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. The Language Flagship, in collaboration with Hunter College administers programs at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University. Flagship ROTC and Boren Flagship students are eligible to apply for the domestic immersion Capstone program administered by the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS).

The Overseas Capstone Program features 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 domestic immersion Capstone Program provides students with High level language and content courses, Chinese house: A living learning simulated immersion
experience with a language pledge, under the supervision, and a Capstone Research Project. Both Capstone year programs are designed to advance student's Mandarin language proficiency and provide experiential learning opportunities.

A student will apply for either the Prep phase or Partner phase when applying to SF State’s Chinese Flagship Program.

This application will not time out as long as your browser window remains open; however, you will not be able to save your responses and complete the application in different sessions. Please consider the following essay questions and prepare your responses prior to beginning the application. If you have any difficulty with the application process, please contact our Program Manager, Mia Segura, by email at

Questions to Follow:

  1. Please share with us information about extra-curricular activities and community involvement not included in your application. Please be specific and succinct, including only those activities you feel are most relevant to your admission to the Flagship Program. Please include a brief description of the activity, affiliated organization/institution, and duration of your involvement. Please include any titles or offices held.
  2. Please share information about any awards or acknowledgements you have received.
  3. In 500 words or less, explain your personal motivation for studying Chinese and how the Chinese Flagship Program will contribute to your academic and/or professional interests or goals. Include any relevant personal, academic, or professional considerations. Please complete this essay in English.
  4. (Only for partner phase applicants ) In 1000 characters or less, traditional or simplified, discuss one of the following topics:
    a. Share a significant experience, achievement, or rish you have taken and tis impact on your, or
    b. Discuss an issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
  5. Please provide the name, title, Institution/Affiliation, phone number, email and applicant relationship for 2 recommenders.
  6. Please attach a copy of your most recent transcript.

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.

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.

Apply to Flagship Prep and Partner

If you prefer to submit a PDF copy of the application, please contact our Program Manager, Mia Segura, by email ( to obtain a copy. Otherwise, you can submit an online application.