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Flagship Capstone Year in China

URI Flagship Scholars typically complete the Capstone Year in China during their fourth year.  Students who enter URI with Advanced Chinese language skills may be eligible to complete the Capstone Year as juniors, but should consult with the Flagship Director and Coordinator and their academic advisors early.

The Capstone Year consists of two major components:


Semester of Study in Nanjing

The Nanjing Chinese Flagship Center is located at Nanjing University in the capital of the Jiangsu Province.  Nanjing is located approximately two hours west of Shanghai by train.  Flagship Scholars take a combination of Flagship language courses and direct enrollment courses in their individual disciplines, and live with Chinese roommates.

Formal Components

  • Media, Current Events, Culture (via news media, literature, social science topics) and Special Community Lectures
  • Advanced Writing and Composition (taught by local lecturers or contracted to Nanjing University overseas education department)
  • Direct Enrollment in Nanjing University courses in students' specializations (2-3 courses audit or regular enrollment options)
  • Additional requirements for audit courses to enhance development of domain skills, including weekly group oral reports

Informal Components

  • Community Practicum (service or part-time internship)
  • Peer content tutors
  • Small Group Meetings (cultural debriefing)
  • Special Lectures (from community members)



All Flagship Scholars must complete an internship in China closely related to their major and career goals. If you are an engineering student, you may intern for Hexagon Metrology, Pentair, Siemens, and many others.  Pre-law students have worked for NGOs, law firms, and orphanages. Textile Marketing and Fashion Merchandising students have worked for the Nanjing Silk Brocade, which specializes in traditional Chinese clothing. During the semester in Nanjing, Flagship Scholars meet with the Flagship Internship Director to identify a placement suitable to his or her field of study.


Attention High School Seniors

Admitted to URI:

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for admission to the 2014 Cohort.

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and work towards professional proficiency in Chinese!

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