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Our students have the unique opportunity to participate in intensive Chinese language study concurrent with any major of study, including one year of immersive language and internship study in China.

Chinese Flagship Program 中文领航

Our Program

The Chinese Language Flagship Program at WKU became the 9th such program in the nation, and the only program in Kentucky, in 2009. Our program is sponsored by The Language Flagship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program within the Defense Language and National Security Education Office.

How Flagship Works

Flagship focuses on supporting students in reaching a Superior, or professional, level of Chinese proficiency, as determined by the ACTFL scale, during their undergraduate career.  Students take Flagship courses every semester in addition to their major or minor coursework, and participate in many intensive Chinese language opportunities in the U.S. and China during the Winter or Summer terms.

Upon reaching the Advanced-Mid level of proficiency, students apply for participation in a Capstone Year in Nanjing, China, Taipei, Taiwan, or at the domestic Capstone Year location in Monterey, CA. The Capstone Year includes advanced level Chinese coursework, direct enrollment courses in a student's field of study and a professional internship. Students who complete this requirement and test at the Superior level will become Certified Global Professionals through the National Security Education Program.

Flagship Certified Professionals are highly motivated graduates equipped with the language proficiency and intercultural insights for careers in federal government, global business, nongovernmental organizations, natural sciences, performing arts, and other fields.

Our Students…

  • Are all students in the Honors College at WKU,
  • Represent majors across all academic colleges at WKU,
  • May start the program with no prior knowledge of Chinese,
  • Include current and former students of The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky,
  • Study abroad multiple times,
  • Engage in Chinese class five days a week,
  • Receive weekly one-on-one tutoring with native speakers, and
  • Are successfully applying for nationally competitive scholarships

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 Last Modified 7/29/21