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About the Program

What is the Chinese 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 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.

What are the benefits of joining the program?
  • Develop a superior level of Chinese language proficiency
  • Attend content-based courses taught partially/fully in Chinese by Flagship faculty members.
  • Receive personalized attention and support throughout the program (i.e. one-on-one tutoring, directed study with Flagship faculty, etc).
  • Participate in study abroad and internship experiences.
  • Financial support is available to Flagship students in good program and academic standing.
  • Enhance your résumé.
What is the duration of the program?

The Chinese Flagship program is a five-year program. The first four years you will attend Chinese language and content courses and attend a summer study abroad program.

Your fifth year (known as the Capstone year) will be spent in China. You will finish your courses required to graduate during the first semester of your Capstone year. You will attend an internship during your second semester.

You will graduate from UNG upon your return.

Do you have a tutoring program?

Yes. Flagship students attend individual tutoring sessions with their native speaking tutor on a weekly basis. This one-on-one interaction helps to identify strengths and improve weaknesses.

How is the Chinese Flagship program different from majoring in Chinese?

The Flagship program is much more individualized to your learning abilities with one-on-one tutoring sessions, smaller classroom sizes, and the full support of the Flagship faculty and staff. The goal of the Flagship program is to reach a superior level of Chinese proficiency, whereas most students who major in Chinese achieve an intermediate level of proficiency.

What is the Summer Language Institute?

The Summer Language Institute (SLI) is an advantageous start for a Chinese Flagship student. SLI provides exposure to a fast paced and immersive learning environment that prepares students for the enhanced linked Chinese courses that they will take throughout their time at UNG. SLI teaches good study habits and provides a solid base knowledge of the language for students to build on. We strongly recommend that incoming students interested in Chinese Flagship begin with Chinese SLI if possible.


I am not a cadet. May I still join the program?

Yes, this program is open to all cadet and civilian students who meet the novice track application criteria.

Do I need to have language experience before applying to the Chinese Flagship program?

No. If you are a rising Freshman, we recommend attending the Summer Language Institute. If you have already started classes at UNG, we will recommend attending a domestic summer program.

Is studying abroad required?

Yes. You are required to attend at least one summer study abroad program prior to the capstone year.

Am I required to attend the capstone year in China?

No, however, it is highly recommended. If you do not attend the capstone year in China, but complete the four years of the domestic Flagship component, you will be considered an alum of the program instead of a graduate of the program.

Do I have to be a Chinese major to participate in the Chinese Flagship program?

Students of the Chinese Flagship program must remain enrolled in Chinese courses throughout their time at UNG. We encourage students to pursue a major or minor in Chinese alongside other major/minors. For example, BA in International Affairs: East Asian studies, with a minor in Chinese.


Are there additional costs associated with the Chinese Flagship program?
We do not have a membership fee, however, studying abroad is a requirement. Funding opportunities are available.
I would like to apply to a nationally competitive scholarship. Can someone help me?

Absolutely! We recommend contacting UNG's Center for Global Engagement (CGE) office at or call 706-867-2858.


Do I need to apply to the program?
Yes. If you have no previous language experience, apply to the Novice Track.
I have previous knowledge of Chinese. Where should I start?

The answer to this depends heavily on the type of prior experience the individual has had with the language and also the individual's learning style and grasp of the language up to this point.

That being said, if an individual feels that taking the beginner levels of Chinese would be unproductive for them, they may consider the options below to potentially receive credit for Chinese AP classes taken or test out using the FLATS (Foreign Language Achievement Testing Services).

  1. Chinese AP Credit from High School
    Chinese AP credits granted at UNG include CHIN 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002
  2. Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS)
    The FLATS allows students the opportunity to bring in up to 12 credit hours of pass/fail university language credits.


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