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Application Process

ASU Chinese Language Flagship Programs accept new applicants every fall semester. We are seeking candidates with strong academic background and commitment to achieving a superior level of Chinese proficiency.

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Superior Language Proficiency

In the ASU Chinese Language Flagship Program, students aim to obtain an ILR-3 (Interagency Language Roundtable) level of superior Chinese proficiency certification recognized by the U.S. government. ILR-3 enables an individual to not only engage in social and academic situations in complex, meaningful ways, but also to perform successfully in a professional working environment. The U.S. military and government use the ILR proficiency scale to measure an individual's language proficiency. The American Councils on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) developed another proficiency scale, which is more commonly used in academia and K-16 education, based on the ILR scale. The ACTFL scales has four main levels: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Superior.

Professional Expertise

During the Capstone year in China, Flagship students have the opportunity to pursue a professional internship that relates to their field of study and career goals.

Global Perspective

Flagship students have access to multiple domestic and overseas summer language programs at top universities across Indiana, China and Taiwan. Students can immerse themselves in culture, language, and travel while completing CHI 201-202, 301-302, or 401-402 over the summer.


Once students are accepted into the ASU Chinese Language Flagship Program, they have access to Flagship scholarships that can be used towards Flagship-affiliated summer study abroad programs and the Capstone year. Contracted ROTC cadets have access to additional Flagship funding.

Individualized Tutorial Sessions

Flagship students are provided with one-on-one tutorial sessions every year based on their language needs. Our tutors are graduate-level native speakers that have undergone professional development and training.

Academic Advising

Students will be provided a semester-by-semester plan of study to help them stay on track for graduation and Capstone year. We also aid students applying for Flagship-approved study abroad programs and scholarships. Our staff is committed to helping each individual student fulfill their academic goals and support them in every way we can.

ASU Chinese Language Flagship Programs blend language learning with specialized courses from various academic disciplines in order to educate our students in a wide variety of topics such as history, politics, literature, religion, economics and culture. Many of our Flagship students develop superior level of Chinese proficiency while simultaneously pursue another major of their choice aiming to become global professionals.

All Flagship students are required to complete two key components of our program.

Want to experience our program as a virtual ASU Flagship student? Click on the photo below.

Prospective students and parents are always welcome to stop by for a walk-in meeting. Our main office, Chinese Language Flagship Center, is located in Durham Language and Literature Building 542.

Students with specific questions or inquiries may also contact our Flagship Center to set up an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

Chinese Language Flagship Center is located in West Hall 205, next to Hayden Library.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Program

The NSLI-Y program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages such as Chinese in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. NSLI-Y is part of a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. Now more than ever, it is important that Americans have the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to promote international dialogue and support American engagement abroad. NSLI-Y aims to provide opportunities to American youth that will spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.