Students with any level of Chinese language proficiency may apply to the UO Chinese Flagship Program. Students must demonstrate a commitment to accelerated Chinese language study while pursuing any academic major of their choice.

We encourage students to contact us at any point during the admission process. We are also happy to coordinate campus visits for those who wish to personally travel to Eugene and meet with faculty, students, and staff while exploring the university.


1. Students must demonstrate academic excellence, typically assessed as a GPA of 3.25 or higher. Students with lower GPA levels will be considered, but letters of recommendations and essays must demonstrate students’ commitment to academic success.

2. Students must demonstrate a passion for studying Chinese language and culture.

3. Students must demonstrate a commitment to enroll in Chinese Flagship courses each term during their academic career, participate in Flagship events, and complete a yearlong study abroad experience at Nanjing University.

4. Students must have a minimum of Novice-mid language proficiency, which is typically equivalent to one year of language instruction.

Application Process

Apply to the University of Oregon
Priority deadline: January 15

Students need to first apply for admission to the University of Oregon. Through the general admission process, students receive a student ID number, which is required to access the Flagship application.

Apply to the Flagship Program
Priority deadline: January 30

Once students have received a student ID number through the admission process, they may complete the application to the Flagship Program. The priority deadline is January 30, and applications submitted thereafter are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The online application includes:
• Application information: Contact information, demographic and academic information, student activities, and work and volunteer experience
• Statement of purpose: A written essay (in English) describing students’ activities that have helped them develop their current Chinese skills, their academic plans, and how the Flagship Program can help them achieve their career goals.
• Chinese topic: A written essay (in Chinese) where students discuss a local, national, or international issue related to China or Chinese culture and its impact on the applicant OR an experience, achievement, or risk that they have taken and its impact.
• Teacher recommendations: Students should invite two teachers to provide recommendations.


After students submit their application, students will be asked to take an online proficiency assessment and may be contacted to schedule an oral proficiency interview. The purpose of the interview is to further assess students’ incoming language proficiency so that we can best place students in the language course that matches strengths and areas for improvement.

Apply for Financial Aid (optional)
Priority deadline: Submit by January 1 to meet the UO’s priority deadline of March 1

We encourage students to apply for financial aid to help defray the cost of admissions to the UO and the Flagship Program. The UO Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships maintains a comprehensive website with scholarships for incoming, transfer, and current students.

Each year, the UO receives $196 million in federal, state, institutional, foundation, and private funds to distribute to undergraduate students. More than 65% of UO students receive financial aid, scholarships, or both. Merit-based scholarships range from $1,000 to $110,000. Applying for most UO awards is automatic for those who meet the January 15 admission application deadline. However, some scholarships require supplemental applications.

The UO Chinese Flagship Program offers the Flagship Incoming Student Award and Global Scholars Award for eligible incoming freshmen.

Students may also consider submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to qualify for U.S. government grants, loans, work study, and scholarships. FAFSA should be completed no later than March 1, and applications submitted after March 1 will still be eligible for aid, but some funds may not be available. The school code for the UO is 003223.

Apply for the Global Scholars Residence Hall (optional)
Priority deadline: January 15

We encourage Chinese Flagship Scholars to live and participate in the Global Scholars Hall Living the Language Academic Residential Programs (ARP). As part of the Global Scholars Hall experience, students participate in a weekly course to explore their role as multilingual participants in a local, national, and international context.

Located on the east edge of campus, the Global Scholars Hall is co-ed by room. It is one of two communities that house a Library Commons and a full-time librarian to assist with research papers and academics. The main level of this building features classroom spaces, a demonstration kitchen, music practice rooms, and a recreation room.

The Flagship Program offers scholarships to those staying in the Global Scholars Hall in an effort to make the residential community more affordable for students and their families.

Students should complete the online UO Housing application, select “Chinese Flagship” as one of the ARP choices, and select a room type with a “-GSH” suffix. Housing works with Flagship staff to place students based on application date, student interests, and roommate preference statements.