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Program Description


Nanjing Campus Cropped
Photo courtesy of Nanjing University

   Quick Facts

  • Nanjing University is one of the oldest and most respected institutions of higher learning in China today. Nanjing University offers students a wide array of disciplines with 11 schools and 37 departments offering courses in subjects such as international law, finance, journalism, computer science and technology, engineering and clinical medicine.
  • The Chinese Flagship Center is housed in the Institute of International Students at Nanjing University, Gulou campus. Its mission is to provide support for all students throughout their participation in Nanjing and coordinate with their home U.S institutions. To fulfill this mission, the Nanjing Chinese Flagship Center offers all Flagship participants:
    • In-country orientation and information sessions
    • Logistical support for a variety of areas including visa assistance, housing, tutor arrangements and course schedules
    • Special lectures on media, current events and culture
    • Advanced writing, advanced media and HSK preparation course taught by Nanjing University lecturers
    • Direct enrollment in Nanjing University courses, focusing on the student's area of specialization
    • Community practicum
    • Peer content tutors
  • This program is restricted to ASU Chinese Flagship students for their capstone year. Learn more about the ASU Chinese Language Flagship Program and make an advising appointment with the Coordinator, Alice Xu ( to learn about the various opportunities available to you!


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Location Details

Nanjing, China is known as one of the most historic cities in China with both modern and ancient features. It is a popular tourist destination with a vast number of cultural sites and natural surroundings such as the Confucius Temple, Porcelain Pagoda, Purple Mountain and the Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

The academic year will begin in early September and end towards the end of June/early July.

The Chinese Overseas Flagship program provides an intensive and highly individualized curriculum to develop students’ communicative competence at the IRL Level 3, as well as cultural and professional competencies. For the entire 10-month duration of the Capstone year, participants develop their language skills across the three communicative modes: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational. Flagship courses are specifically designed to address those areas. Students also directly enroll in Chinese content courses (direct enrollment) at the host institution and are expected to complete all direct enrollment course assignments and requirements. While completing the requirements of the Flagship program, students can major in an academic field of their choice from the following departments:
  • Business College, Management College, Tourism College
  • College of Applied Arts and Sciences, Advertising College
  • Teacher College, College of Special Education
  • College of Information Technology, College of Biochemical Engineering, College of Mechanical Engineering
During the Spring semester, students participate in part-time internships while continuing their studies with a reduced course load. Each student's field research is an internship of 8-20 hours per week, coupled with weekly discussion groups and/or seminars.

Program components include:
  • Shared housing with Chinese host institution students
  • Individual language instruction with tutors
  • Opportunities to engage in local service projects
  • Overnight cultural excursions
  • Weekly guided field work
  • Regular extra-curricular activities
In addition to regular course assignments and examinations, all Chinese Flagship students will also complete the following special academic requirements:
  • Prepare regular written and oral reports in Chinese on what they have learned in the course of their specialization work at the university or internship;
  • Submit a portfolio of written work completed in the direct enrollment course;
  • Submit a portfolio of written work completed for their internships (translations, publications, conference presentations, etc.)
Click here to access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at Nanjing University will convert to ASU credits and grades.

Nanjing Class

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BUU Housing

Program Housing

For the first 6 months, you will live in a two bedroom apartment in Nanjing.  For the internship phase, you will live in shared apartments in the metro area.  Housing costs are included in the program fee, but you will need to find housing.  For more information on how this process works, please contact the International Coordinator for this program or your Flagship Coordinator.  Click here for tips on the housing search from prior participants.

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Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in China, students will encounter a lack of support for people with visible and non-visible disabilities and they may encounter a lack of understanding and therefore support. Improvements have been made in public transportation, hotels and airport travel, but students with mobility disabilities may still encounter challenges with accessibility (especially in rural areas).

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in China, students do experience overt and covert racial discrimination, from staring and hair-touching to harboring prejudicial beliefs and derogatory comments. Despite these, most students report that they feel the statements are made without menace and are the product of myth and ignorance.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad during the first semester.  Instead, in the first semester participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the Academic Year (fall semester start) and Calendar Year (spring semester start) cost sheets for information on current program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

For the Spring semester, you will pay for the required health insurance and your regular ASU tuition which is NOT reflected in the cost sheets. Tuition is billed separately, and the amount depends on your residency status and tuition cohort. Additionally, students are responsible for paying all mandatory ASU registration fees in the Spring semester, whereas students are only responsible for paying the Technology Fee, Student Programs Fee, and Financial Aid Trust Fee in the Fall semester.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 11/01/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2021 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed