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AC China/Taiwan Chinese Flagship Capstone Year

  1. Program Details

    The AC China Flagship Capstone Year program is designed to help students attain near-native proficiency in Mandarin by applying their language and cultural knowledge abroad through direct enrollment classes at a local university and a full- or part-time internship. This is a closed application program and only open to Chinese Flagship students. Contact the University of Minnesota's Chinese Flagship program for more details on eligibility.

    Location Nanjing or Taipei, China
    Term Academic Year, Calendar Year
    Housing Apartment
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor American Councils

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 3.0
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language Advanced level of Mandarin on AC Chinese test; Must be enrolled in the Chinese Flagship program
  2. Program Structure

    About American Councils

    The AC China Flagship Capstone Program, based at Nanjing University or National Yang-Ming University, is a closed application program and only open to Chinese Flagship students. Consult the University of Minnesota's Chinese Flagship program website for more details on eligibility. The University of MInnesota's department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) works directly with advising students about the application process for this program.  Contact our campus Chinese Flagship adviser Claudia Hasegawa for more details about the program, the application process, and how it can fulfill the Chinese Flagship Capstone Requirement.

    AC China/Taiwan Flagship is an affiliated program.  You receive resident credit for the courses you take.  Your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade.  Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies page for more information


    The number of credits completed per semester vary. Consult with the Chinese Flagship advisers for more details on how many credits will be earned per semester.

    Nanjing Center

    During fall semester, directly enroll in coursework at Nanjing University, including intensive Chinese language coursework. Your spring semester is dedicated to a full-time internship.

    Taiwan Center

    Directly enroll in courses at National Yang-Ming University for fall semester, which includes intensive Chinese language courses.  During spring semester, continue your Chinese language study while enrolling in a part-time internship.  *Note this site is still pending approval by the University of Minnesota LACAC committee. Check back in spring 2021 for a status update.

    The Asian & Middle Eastern Studies department will determine the equivalency of coursework taken abroad to Chinese coursework offered on the UMTC campus.

    Finding Course Information

  3. Dates & Deadlines

    Dates and deadlines vary depending on program term and year.  Program dates are posted on American Councils' Chinese Flagship website.

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    The date for the in-person Fall semester 2020 & Academic Year 2020-2021 orientation session is as follows:

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Fall 2021 TBD TBD
  4. Fees for AC China/Taiwan Chinese Flagship Capstone Year

    University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

    How to Calculate the Total Program Fee

    Affiliate Program Fee plus APAAC plus International Health Insurance minus Affiliate Fee Reduction equals Total program fee

    To calculate your total program fee:

    Find your Affiliate program fee

    To locate AC China's published program fees, visit their cost information for Nanjing or Beijing.

    Add APAAC
    Refer to the Affiliate Program Fees. Follow instructions on that page to determine your APAAC.

    Add International Health Insurance
    Multiply the number of months you will be away by $45.

    Subtract Affiliate Fee Reduction
    Visit the Affiliate Program Fees to determine the fee reduction you receive for being a University of Minnesota student.

    What is the APAAC?

    Students participating on affiliated programs are charged a program fee that is inclusive of the affiliate's program fee, University of Minnesota Advising, Placement, Academic, and Administrative Costs (APAAC) and international health insurance.The APAAC covers:

    • application processing
    • advising services, orientation
    • course registration
    • grade transfer and posting for resident credit
    • program billing and assistance with financial aid (when applicable)

    Based on these additional services and benefits, the total program fee may be higher than the affiliate's published program fee.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.


    Each of our affiliated programs awards its own array of scholarships. While many are need-based, others are based on merit, location, academic area, or diversity criteria. Explore your options within specific affiliates' scholarship pages.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.


  5. Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term Academic Year or Calendar Year
    Program Name AC China/Taiwan Chinese Flagship Capstone Year
    Track Name Nanjing U or National Yang-Ming U
    Country China

    Note: If the specific track and term of the affiliated program you wish to apply to cannot be found within the application system, select “Program Not Found” on the application, and enter your specific application information in the fields given to request an application. Our staff will review your application and update your program, track, and term information.


    This program will require additional approval steps for Spring 2021 due to COVID19. Connect with your LAC program contact for more information.

    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.


    Once you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, that asks you to:

    • Meet with Claudia Hasegawa to verify your eligibility and discuss the application process
    • Begin an application directly with American Councils (AC)


    Submit directly to American Councils (AC):

    • AC Overseas Chinese Flagship online application (select either the Nanjing or Taipei application)
    • Any supporting materials requested by AC


    Note: This is a Learning Abroad Center program that is offered in partnership with American Councils (AC). You will complete application materials for both the Learning Abroad Center (LAC) and AC. Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the LAC application checklist assigned to you, which you may access by logging in to the LAC application web portal (Manage Your Checklist and Profile). For details about the AC application materials, consult AC's application website.

    The AC China Flagship Capstone Program, based at Nanjing University or Beijing Union University, is a closed application program and only open to Chinese Flagship students. Consult the University of Minnesota's Chinese Flagship program website for more details on eligibility. The University of Minnesota's department of Asian Languages & Literatures (ALL) works directly with advising students about the application process for this program. Contact our campus Chinese Flagship adviser Claudia Hasegawa for more details about the program, the application process, and how it can fulfill the Chinese Flagship Capstone Requirement.

    Next Steps

    1. Upon submitting the online application, you will receive an automated email message indicating your application was received.
    2. Follow the instructions on your application checklist to submit all of the items. Your application is not considered complete until all items on your application checklist are either received or waived.
    3. Complete the affiliate program's application requirements as applicable.
    4. Your completed application is reviewed by our program team. If nominated for participation, the Learning Abroad Center contacts the affiliate's staff to notify them of your status.
    5. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist. Log in to the online application to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items.
    6. Do not pay the affiliate’s confirmation deposit. The affiliate accepts the Learning Abroad Center’s deposit as indication of confirmation. The Learning Abroad Center deposit is submitted by completing the Confirmation and Payment Agreement found on the confirmation checklist assigned to you.
    7. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log in to the online application and submit a Cancel Request. You must also notify your affiliate of your cancellation.
  6. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Thuy Doan or call at 612.626.8686.