In Flagship we believe that increasing America’s capacity for Mandarin fluency is critical to our country’s future and opens up important educational and career opportunities for our students! The UO Chinese Flagship program accepts high achieving students from varying language entry points who are ready to commit to accelerated Mandarin learning while simultaneously pursuing degree(s) in their chosen field. We seek out students from a broad range of cultural backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the learning environment for all.

If your goal is to develop professional level Mandarin communications and cultural skills specific to your academic discipline, then Chinese Flagship will serve you well.

Incoming and Transfer students: Flagship welcomes incoming and transfer students to apply through the regular UO application cycle (November to January). Students must first apply to the UO Admissions to obtain their UO ID number, which is required for the online application and language assessment log in. The Flagship priority application deadline is January 30; applications received after this date are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Successful applicants will be notified in March/April.

Existing UO Students: On campus students actively enrolled in Chinese courses may apply online to Flagship at anytime. The application process is the same as incoming and transfer students; however, current UO students are reviewed based on UO performance standards.


As an honors-level program, applicants are expected to demonstrate:

  1. Academic excellence, typically assessed as GPA of 3.25 or higher

2. A passion for studying Chinese with to reach Superior-level Mandarin proficiency

3. Commitment to developing real-world Mandarin proficiency and cultural fluency, through everyday practice of these skills as part of your daily life on campus, summer intensives, and study abroad/work experience in China

4. Minimum novice-mid language proficiency or equivalent to one-year language instruction prior to applying (or CHN 101/102  instructor recommendation)

Applicants complete the online application with a statement of interest, Chinese essay, teacher recommendations, and the Chinese Computerized Assessment of Proficiency (CAP). We are currently developing a new application system to collect these documents and will update this page as soon as the new system is live. Please check back here in December.