The Chinese Overseas Flagship curriculum includes the following formal components:
- Dedicated language courses for Flagship participants (language optimization, hot-topic discussion, Chinese history and culture, advanced composition, advanced media, intercultural communication)
- Direct enrollment course(s) in a participant’s major at Nanjing University
- Internship with local Chinese organization in one of four approved cities: Nanjing, Shanghai, Beijing, or Shenzhen
- Individual language instruction with tutors
The weekly structure between the first and second semesters of the Overseas Flagship program differs greatly. During the first semester of the program, participants are placed into small classes (ranging from five to six participants) based on initial proficiency exams. Participants attend both Flagship and direct enrollment courses during this semester with occasional cultural excursions around Nanjing. Participants also meet with individual tutors at the university for five hours per week, during which they may review homework, look over class material, or work through any academic challenges they may be encountering.
During the second semester of the program, participants intern full-time at a local organization in Nanjing, Shanghai, Beijing, or Shenzhen. Participants are expected to work 40 hours per week for a minimum of 16 weeks and must submit weekly check-ins and biweekly Language Utilization Reports (LURs). Participants are also matched with a Nanjing University instructor prior to the internship semester, with whom they will meet virtually for two hours per week while interning full-time.
Participants will receive support throughout the first semester to aid them in the search for a full-time internship. They will attend introductory workshops to the Chinese professional workplace, internship recruitment fairs, and one-to-one meetings with the internship coordinator to talk about the search process and receive feedback on the student's approach to securing an internship. They will also receive help editing resumes and cover letters.