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Chinese Flagship Program 中文领航

WKU Chinese Flagship Program Application -

Applications are currently considered on a rolling basis until full. We will change this page when the program has filled, and welcome your application until then.


Read this prior to starting your application:

The following application is divided into two parts. The first part consists of basic biographical information, and the second part consists of short essay questions up to 350 words.

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. We recommend that you consider the following essay questions and prepare your responses prior to beginning the application. Once you submit the application, it will automatically be sent via email to the Program Manager.

If you have any difficulty with the application process, please feel free to contact our Program Manager, Ms. Melinda Edgerton at melinda.edgerton@wku.edu.


Questions to follow:


  1. Briefly describe your interest in the Chinese Language Flagship.
  2. How do you imagine your participation in the Chinese Language Flagship will impact your academic/career goals? (250-350 words)
  3. The Chinese Language Flagship program requires roughly 20 hours/week of class, drills, individual tutoring sessions, and study time. Please describe an experience you have had where you worked toward mastering something (i.e. Language, sport, musical instrument, etc), and how you remained motivated in the face of challenges (150-250 words)
  4. To reach the goal of superior, or professional proficiency in Chinese, participation in the Chinese Language Flagship includes a minimum of two study abroad programs to Taiwan. Students typically spend one summer in Taiwan or in a US-based intensive Chinese program and then a capstone year in Taiwan or Monterey, CA at the end of their studies, becoming a certified Global Professional from the National Security Education Program upon completion of a professional internship in their field of study and testing at the superior level of proficiency. Students in good standing are eligible for generous funding from our grant providers, external scholarships, and funding from WKU for study abroad. We will assist you in the scholarship process, and there are scholarship advisors at WKU who will help you to prepare your most competitive applications possible. Outside of financial considerations, how do you feel about the prospect of studying abroad more than once to attain a superior level of proficiency in Chinese? (150-250 words)
  5. Do you have any personal conflicts that would make a summer program abroad difficult? If yes, please explain. (short answer)
  6. Briefly describe your international travel experience (if applicable), including countries visited, for how long, and for what purpose you were there. How did this experience inform your perceptions about other countries or cultures? (up to 350 words)
  7. How did you hear about the Chinese Language Flagship? (short answer)


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 Last Modified 2/28/23