What is professional proficiency?

In Flagship, Proficiency is all about what you can do with the Chinese language. Can you say hello/goodbye? Introduce yourself? Give directions? Tell a story about something happened to you? Explain a class project you’re working on?  Read a newspaper? Explain research in your major field? These all represent different levels of proficiency.

Professional proficiency indicates that a person is able to use Chinese in his/her field or profession with few linguistic barriers.  In the workplace, a person may need to make use of formal and informal language (and determine which to use when!). A wide range of topics may come up, too. Some things, like deciding a time for a meeting, are very straightforward. Other things, like working with colleagues to determine the best method of analysis to use for a report, are much more complex and abstract – an employee in this situation may need to provide lots of very detailed explanation about why one way is better than another and convince his/her colleagues of this. Someone with professional proficiency will be able to handle both situations in a culturally appropriate and polite way.

A person with professional proficiency knows the special jargon used in their field, but is not limited to that field only. S/he can understand, talk, and write about many different areas of general interest, such as social and political issues, and can provide structured arguments to support opinions.

How do I transfer credit from my summer program?

To transfer credit to UHM from another institution, send the syllabi to Todd Ashida (tashida@hawaii.edu) and
have your official transcript sent to UH Admissions office. Their address is:

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Office of Admissions
2600 Campus Road, Rm 001
Honolulu, HI 96822-2385


The US federal government considers Chinese critical to the US’ economic and national wellbeing. In the private sector, the Chinese market continues to thrive. Because of this, Flagship graduates are well-equipped for highly sought-after jobs. Some examples of what graduates in different fields would be able to do in the workplace are:


Business Present financial data to Chinese speaking shareholders at formal events
Medicine Diagnose and treat patients using Chinese
Computer Science Work with a global team to research and develop new software in the federal government or private sector
Communications Report on local and international news in Chinese
Tourism Industry Develop tourism programs for the increasing number of visitors to Hawaii from Chinese speaking countries
Political Science Join the intelligence community as an analyst or the State Department as a foreign service officer