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The Chinese Flagship program is authorized by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) to train students who are interested in achieving superior-level Mandarin Chinese proficiency in order to obtain Capstone status. NSEP will grant you Certified Flagship status after you complete the Chinese Flagship program and your Capstone year in China. The application process is simple and separated into stages.

How to Apply

Follow the application instructions below. You must complete the Chinese proficiency test* to complete the application process. Once you are admitted to Chinese Flagship program, you will begin your pre-Capstone training. We will help you develop advanced-level Mandarin Chinese proficiency, track your progress, and prepare you for your Capstone year in China.

To submit your application, include your:

  • Completed PDF iconChinese Flagship application (PDF)
  • Short description of your professional plans and your commitment to Flagship training
  • Academic record (an unofficial undergraduate transcript)
  • Results from your Chinese proficiency test

Submit your completed application materials to

*The ALL Chinese Proficiency Test is an internal test run by the Chinese Flagship program at UMN. Please contact Yao Tu at regarding test issues.