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Program Overview

The Language Flagship

The Language Flagship leads the nation in designing, supporting, and implementing a new paradigm for advanced language education. Through an innovative collaboration among federal government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses, the Language Flagship prepares undergraduate and graduate students in all fields to take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of fluency in one of many languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security. Currently funded programs are in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish.


The Language Flagship Program

The Language Flagship Program is comprised of both domestic and overseas study. Hunter Chinese Flagship is one of thirteen universities that offer domestic Chinese Flagship programs; the other institutions are Arizona State University, Brigham Young University, Indiana University, San Francisco State University, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Minnesota, University of Mississippi, University of Oregon, University of Rhode Island, University of North Georgia, University of Washington, and Western Kentucky University.


The Chinese Flagship Program at Hunter College

The Chinese Flagship Program at Hunter College, City University of New York is a rigorous undergraduate program of study in Mandarin Chinese language and culture that aims to enable highly-motivated undergraduate students of all majors to achieve a superior level of proficiency in Chinese. The program welcomes applications from current Hunter College students, high school seniors who have been admitted to Hunter College or Macaulay Honors College at Hunter, and undergraduates from all majors and at all levels of proficiency in Chinese who seek to achieve a professional level of competence.



As of June 2022, over 90 students have completed the Hunter Chinese Flagship program and have earned Flagship certification.

Our alumni are engaged in both private and public sectors. Some organizations that have hired our alumni include:

  • The Intelligence Communities
  • Citi
  • Deloitte
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Google Research
  • Cigna
  • OUTFRONT Media
  • UBS
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Our alumni have also gone on to pursue graduate studies. Here are some of the institutions our alumni have attended:

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School
  • Microbiology PhD studies at Washington University in St.Louis
  • Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • Masters of Environmental Metrology and Policy at Georgetown University
  • Columbia University School of Nursing

Our alumni are also recipients of various prestigious scholarships and fellowships:

  • Schwarzman Schwarzman Scholars
  • Amgen Scholar
  • Boren Scholarships
  • Gilman Scholarships
  • Boren Fellowships
  • Blakemore Freeman Fellowship
  • Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
  • Critical Language Scholarship
  • Fulbright-Hays Scholarship
  • Yenching Scholarship