Back to Top
Skip to Site Search Skip to Utility Nav Skip to Top Nav Skip to Left Nav Skip to Content
Close Main Menu

ROTC Chinese Flagship

The Language Flagship : Creating Global Professionals

What is the Language Flagship?

The Language Flagship is a program sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense. The goal of The Language Flagship program is to create language-capable professionals in various fields of study to enhance U.S. competitiveness and security.


The Chinese Language Flagship at UNG

The Chinese Language Flagship Program is designed for undergraduate students who are highly interested in Chinese language and culture. Graduates of The Language Flagship program will take their place among the next generation of global professionals by bringing a superior level of proficiency in Chinese to their work and contributing their skills to U.S. competitiveness and national security. 

The Language Flagship program at the University of North Georgia was established in 2011 as a pilot ROTC program. The program is designed to provide intensive Chinese language education in conjunction with students’ planned ROTC program requirements. 

Benefits

  • Superior level of Chinese language proficiency
  • Content-based courses taught partially/fully in Chinese by Flagship faculty members
  • Personalized attention and support throughout the program (i.e. one-on-one tutoring, directed study with Flagship faculty, etc.) 
  • Study abroad and internship experience
  • Financial support available for qualified ROTC candidates
  • Enhance your résumé

Follow us on Facebook.

The Language Flagship is normally a five-year program. During the first four years students take core curriculum and major courses while learning Chinese. During that time, students will have the opportunity to study both on campus and abroad. For more information on Flagship-approved study abroad programs, please visit the overseas language center page.

The fifth academic year (capstone) will be spent at one of The Language Flagship centers in China. During the first semester in China, students will take courses taught in the Chinese language. During the second semester, students will participate in an internship in a Chinese business or government entity related to their major area of study.

Students will receive their bachelor's degree after completing the fifth academic year in China. ROTC Cadets will then commission as second lieutenants. If you are not a Cadet, you are an excellent candidate for federal government or private sector jobs.  

UNG’s Chinese Language Flagship program is a Pilot Flagship program that focuses on ROTC students. UNG has been working closely with Cadet Command, IIE, and UNG’s Corps of Cadets to ensure the success of the program.

Below is information regarding the ROTC scholarships available for students interested in joining the program and commissioning as officers in the US Army.

4-Year ROTC scholarship

  • Contract during first fall semester at UNG
  • Eligible for CLIP after contracting
  • Best time to study abroad: summers between freshman and sophomore years and sophomore and junior years
  • The Army ROTC Scholarship will not cover The Language Flagship capstone year
  • If selected for The Language Flagship, cadet must note this on his/her plan of study (104R) in order to obtain an accurate commissioning date (after completion of capstone year)
  • Funding for contracted cadets’ Capstone year is available through The Language Flagship 

3-Year ROTC scholarship

  • Contract the fall semester of sophomore year
  • Eligible for CLIP after contracting
  • The Army ROTC Scholarship will not cover The Language Flagship capstone year
  • If selected for The Language Flagship, cadet must note this on his/her plan of study (104R) in order to obtain an accurate commissioning date (after completion of Capstone Year)
  • Funding for contracted cadets’ Capstone year is available through The Language Flagship

Georgia Military Scholarship (GMS) 

  • Cadet should contract after they reach 30 semester hours; typically the fall semester of sophomore year
  • Eligible for CLIP after contracting
  • Best time to study abroad: summers between freshman and sophomore years and sophomore and junior years
  • If selected for The Language Flagship, cadet must note this on his/her plan of study (104R) in order to obtain an accurate commissioning date (after completion of Capstone Year)
  • Funding for contracted cadets’ Capstone year is available through The Language Flagship

Non-scholarship Cadets wishing to contract

  • Eligible to contract the first day of sophomore year
  • Contracts to commission are competitive. Cadets meeting minimum qualifications (2.0 GPA, passing APFT score, etc.) will be considered for a contract, but those who excel academically and physically and meet all other criteria will earn a contract sooner than those who merely meet minimum standards.
  • Eligible for CLIP after contracting
  • Best time to study abroad: summers between freshman and sophomore years and sophomore and junior years

Non-contracted cadets

For the purposes of The Language Flagship program’s capstone overseas experience these students will be considered civilian students. Students are encouraged to look for outside funding opportunities.

Student wishing to be considered for The Language Flagship program must meet the below qualifications:

Novice track

  • Be accepted to a bachelor’s degree program at UNG
  • Complete novice track application.
  • Enroll in first year Chinese language courses (CHIN 1001 & 1002)
  • A certificate will be provided to students who complete Chinese language courses from elementary through intermediate levels  (up to CHIN 2004)

Advanced track

  • Complete the advanced track application.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.25, and a Chinese GPA of a 3.75 or higher.
  • Completion of Chinese courses up to the intermediate level (CHIN 2004).
  • Achieve an intermediate-mid level in the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).
  • Commit to enroll in the appropriate Chinese language and culture courses to prepare for the overseas capstone experience.
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to become fluent in Chinese and use Chinese in your future career.
  • The Language Flagship staff will contact your most recent Chinese instructor and the ROTC department to request a recommendation on your behalf.

Flagship Funding

Limited funding is available for qualified contracted ROTC students to participate in The Language Flagship-approved summer study abroad programs as well as the overseas capstone year.

Contact Daniela Martinez, Flagship Coordinator for assistance.

ROTC scholarship recipients

  • Cadets may request an extension of benefits for summer study.
  • Cadets may be eligible for Cadet Command financial assistance up to $6,000 to help cover travel costs to a study abroad location.
  •  For more information please contact Ms. Dowdy at the Military Leadership Center

Boren Scholarship

Students wishing to participate in the capstone year abroad are encouraged to apply for the Boren Scholarship. Boren scholarship deadlines are one year before the planned study abroad program. i.e. if studying abroad during the 2015-2016 academic year, your application should be submitted by December of 2014.

If you are interested in applying contact the Boren Campus representative, Daniela Martinez, 321 Barnes Hall.

Gilman Scholarship

Gilman scholarships are available to Pell Grant recipients. Students pursuing critical language studies overseas are encouraged to apply. Typically the application opens in January and closes in March.

Contact your study abroad advisor at the Center for Global Engagement for assistance with this scholarship.

Project GO Funding 

Funding is available for cadets (contracted and non-contracted) to pursue critical language studies domestically and overseas. Contact Daniela Martinez, Project GO Coordinator for assistance.

Directors

Christopher Jespersen
Christopher Jespersen, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts & Letters
706-864-1771
Barnes Hall 318, Dahlonega
Peijie Mao
Peijie Mao, Assistant Professor
706-864-1841
Dunlap Hall 305B, Dahlonega
Daniela Martinez
Daniela Martinez, Director of Sponsored Programs Language
706-867-2464
Barnes Hall 313, Dahlonega

Faculty

Chi-Hsuan Catterson
Chi-Hsuan Catterson, Lecturer, Chinese
706-864-1823
Dunlap Hall 306A, Dahlonega
Qi Cui
Qi Cui, Assistant Professor
706-864-1849
Dunlap Hall 112, Dahlonega
Yunjuan He
Yunjuan He, Assistant Professor, Chinese
706-867-4554
Dunlap Hall 112, Dahlonega

Affiliated Faculty

Yi Deng
Yi Deng, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Philosophy
706-867-2745
Barnes Hall 323, Dahlonega
Area(s) of Expertise:Political and Social Philosophy, Ethics, Chinese Philosophy
Sung Shin Kim
Sung Shin Kim, Ph.D., Associate Professor, History
706-867-2564
Barnes Hall 307, Dahlonega
Area(s) of Expertise:East Asian history (China and Korea)
Xiangfeng Yang
Xiangfeng Yang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
706-864-1870

Staff

Yizhe Huang
Yizhe Huang, ROTC Flagship Tutoring Coordinator
706-864-1399
Barnes Hall 128, Dahlonega

UNG follows Section 508 Standards and WCAG 2.0 for web accessibility. If you require the content on this web page in another format, please contact the ADA Coordinator.

Back to Top