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Chinese Language Flagship, Army ROTC partnership available at WKU

Thanks to a new agreement between the U.S. Army and the National Security Education Program, future WKU students can combine interests in the Army ROTC and the Chinese Language Flagship Program.

The partnership will allow students to take advantage of a new opportunity to reach the Superior level of Chinese language proficiency while completing their ROTC training at WKU.

In addition to the competitive academic scholarship packages available for ROTC students at WKU, cadets who apply to the Chinese Flagship and remain in good standing in both programs are eligible for guaranteed support for multiple study abroad programs, including a fully funded Capstone Year in China. As part of this agreement, cadets may postpone their commissioning to occur following their Capstone Year, typically a fifth year taken after fulfilling their academic coursework at WKU.

The Chinese Language Flagship Program at WKU is an immersion-style program designed to bring students with no prior exposure to Chinese to the Superior level of professional proficiency by the time they graduate.

Dr. Jianjun He, Academic Director of the Flagship program, explained: “Although the goal is a challenging one, students of the program are meeting and exceeding these language proficiency goals while building leadership skills and cultural literacy.” Open to nearly any major, students develop their language skills through intensive coursework on campus and participation in study abroad and professional internship opportunities.

“Students completing these two programs will have many career options both within the military and in the civilian sector,” said Maj. Stephan Walters, Assistant Professor of Military Science.  Fluency in a critical need language such as Chinese within the Army can provide a higher pay grade and lead to new career opportunities.

Designed as a four- to five-year program, applicants to WKU may apply now to both programs.  The priority deadline to apply for entrance to the 2014 cohort of the Chinese Flagship Program is Feb. 15, 2014.

Contact: Melinda Edgerton, (270) 745-2763; or Maj. Stephan Walters, (270) 745-8937.

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