The Chinese Flagship in the Department of Modern Languages at Western Kentucky University announced the renewal of its federal funding for 2020-2024.
Western Kentucky University is one of 12 institutions in the United States to host a Chinese Flagship Program.
Students who complete the curriculum of the Chinese Flagship at Western Kentucky University and who receive Chinese Flagship Certification have a “superior” level proficiency in Chinese.
Since 2009, the Chinese Flagship at Western has welcomed students from all walks of life who want to start learning Chinese and to develop their skills in a highly structured, supportive environment. This includes a Living Learning Community, a Language Immersion House, summer intensive study programs, and a capstone experience, as well as hands-on academic and career advising.
The renewed four-year grant provides funding to create programming and provide scholarships for students. Administrative support of $325,000 a year funds activities, training, testing, and positions. Additional funds go directly to scholarships for students who are taking part in intensive language programs and/or who have internships.
The Language Flagship is a federally funded effort and is a component of the National Security Education Program at the U.S. Department of Defense, which was created in 1991.