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The Concentration in Flagship Chinese Language is open only to students who have been admitted into the Chinese Flagship Program at SF State. Contact the Flagship Office for information.

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Key Facts



(BA (Hons))


Degree Duration

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Pathways Available

International Year One


Start Dates

September 2022

Degree Overview

The Concentration in Flagship Chinese Language, in line with federally funded Chinese Flagship guidelines nationwide, consists of 35 units of lower and upper-division language training, many of which are specifically tailored to students in the Flagship program, plus nine units of coursework in linguistics, culture, classical language, and GWAR. Unique to the Flagship Concentration is a three-unit content course taught in Chinese by a Chinese-proficient specialist in another subject area. Flagship students must also complete 12 units of Flagship-specific Study Abroad arranged through the Flagship Office, which will include coursework and internship components.

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You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

Language and Linguistics: Students will speak, write and understand the Chinese language. They will also be able to analyze the language in its morphology and syntax.

Culture: Cultural competence is gained through courses dedicated to culture and is further reinforced in the variety of advanced literature courses that students take to complete the major. Students will be familiar with the historical and cultural development of Chinese culture, especially in its international context. They will engage in cultural analysis not only of historical and geographical terms, but also as part of a debate about the very notion of culture.

Literature: Primarily through the study of complex literary texts, students will develop critical thinking by identifying issues and problems associated with their object of study, breaking the problem down to its component parts and critically examining them. Writing skills: Students should be able to write coherent, engaging, and rigorous critical essays in Chinese that conform to accepted academic standards.

Your Pathways

The International Year One is the perfect pathway if you want a undergraduate degree from a UK, EU or US University but do not meet the requirements for direct entry.

The IY1 course provides an intensive combination of first year University subject modules with English language skills.

Following successful completion of the IY1 you will continue onto your second year degree study directly with the University of your choice.

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