University of Oregon

Chinese Flagship Program: Capstone Year in China

Program Overview

The University of Oregon is one of eight Chinese Language Flagship programs across the country, in addition to Arizona State University, Brigham Young University, Indiana University, University of Mississippi, University of Rhode Island, The Ohio State University, San Francisco State University, and the University of Western Kentucky. Together the Chinese Language Flagship consortium oversees study abroad, curriculum standards, and program certification. The Chinese Flagship Capstone Program in China is specifically for registered Chinese Flagship Students who have reached advanced language proficiency. 

To ensure Flagship students acquire the academic, cultural, and linguistic tools required to become global leaders, The Language Flagship runs China study abroad programs at Nanjing University and Beijing Union University through the consortium of Chinese Flagship programs.

The Capstone program lasts roughly a year, half of which is spent on academic coursework, and half of which is comprised of an internship. You may start the yearlong program in either late August or mid-February.

Academic Details

Registered Flagship students with the appropriate prerequisites, you may spend a year in China through The Language Flagship capstone program. Designed for students with advanced-level Mandarin, this capstone year combines academic and practical hands-on learning through volunteer and internship experiences. You will spend the first semester studying at either Nanjing University or Beijing Union University, two of China’s elite public universities. As comprehensive universities, these prestigious institutions are well positioned to deliver high-quality academic experiences to students of all majors.

The local Flagship office in China helps you adjust to the distinctly Chinese academic experience, learning culture, and student life. The Flagship office helps you negotiate housing, enroll in courses, and provides for academic and experiential learning opportunities.

For more information see UO Chinese Flagship - Study Abroad.

Internship Details

Designed as an educational program, the overseas internship experience in the second semester is fundamental for developing global professional skills. The Flagship Center works with you to arrange internships that fit your individual profile and professional goals. You will develop a personal understanding of working and living in China, learn and practice how to establish yourself in Chinese culture, and work productively in a Chinese workplace. You are expected to participate fully in the work and life of the organizations in which you are placed and complete all reports and evaluations required by American Councils Flagship Center. For more information, see

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information. 

Housing Description

You will live in apartments with roommates. The local university office will try to match roommates based on interests, personality, and academics. Your roommates are generally upperclassmen or graduate students who apply for the opportunity to be a roommate / peer tutor of international students. You will be given an opportunity to meet with potential roommates prior to final selection.

Additional Requirements

To be eligible for this program, you must be a current Flagship student enrolled in the Flagship Student Certification System, complete CHN399 Capstone Prep, and recieve approval from the University of Oregon Chinese Flagship director, Professor Zhuo Jing-Schmidt. For more information on eligibility, please contact Professor Jing-Schmidt at

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Academic Year2016-1702/15/20168/15/20166/15/2017
Calendar Year201710/15/2016Early FebruaryMid-December
Academic Year2017-1812/01/2016Mid-AugustMid-June
Calendar Year201805/15/2017Early FebruaryMid-December

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.