How to Apply: Overseas Capstone Program

Applicants from domestic Chinese Flagship institutions will be given access to the 2020-2021 application by their domestic Flagship coordinators. The domestic Flagship Institutions are:

  1. Arizona State University
  2. Brigham Young University
  3. Hunter College
  4. Indiana University - Bloomington
  5. San Francisco State University
  6. University of Hawaii - Manoa
  7. University of Mississippi
  8. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  9. University of North Georgia
  10. University of Oregon
  11. University of Rhode Island
  12. Western Kentucky University

Students who are not participating in a domestic Flagship program are ineligible to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants may be U.S. citizens, nationals, or legal residents. Applicants must not have Chinese citizenship, including dual U.S./Chinese citizenship.

All successful candidates must demonstrate strong motivation to achieve “professional” language proficiency in Chinese, have a proven track record of Chinese-related activities and interests, and have a record of positive immersion experience in China or another Chinese-speaking country.

For information on testing procedures and to self-test, please visit:

Interagency Language Roundtable or

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Application Requirements:

All eligible Capstone year 2020-2021 applicants are required to take an online Chinese proficiency qualifying exam (reading, listening, and writing) in mid-January 2020. The test location and time will be organized by domestic Flagship staff. Applicants will be notified about the details of the test by domestic Flagship staff. In addition to the online exam, all applicants are required to take a telephonic Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in mid- to late-January. American Councils will schedule the OPI, while domestic Flagship staff will proctor it..

Date/Time Required Action
Jan 9, 2020, 5:00 pm Eastern Time Submission deadline for this online application form
Submission deadline for the three online reference forms
January 13 - 31, 2020 between 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Eastern Time, excluding holidays and weekends 30-minute telephonic Chinese oral proficiency interview (OPI)
January 24, 2020 Receipt deadline for official transcripts from the university
January 27, 2020 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time Mandatory 45-minute proctored online Chinese writing sample at your home institution
January 28 - 29, 2020 between 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time Mandatory 90-minute proctored online Chinese reading exam and 90-minute proctored online Chinese listening exam at your home institution
Late February The Chinese Overseas Flagship Program Selection Committee convenes
Early March Admission decisions released

The application timeline for Capstone year 2021 will be announced in Summer 2020.