Language Flagship Study Abroad Program Cancellations Disrupt Timelines, Upend Plans

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HUNTER COLLEGE–Since she was a high school senior four years ago, Sophia Newman had been building towards her year abroad as a college senior. In a matter of weeks, what should have been the culmination of her college career became a rush to escape back home.

In high school, Newman saw her older sister go through the Chinese Flagship Program at Hunter College. She saw her Mandarin skills improve as a result of the intensive language instruction at Hunter, as well as from cultural immersions in China. Going into college, she knew this was the path she wanted. “That was my anchor,” she said. “Everything was planned around Chinese Flagship.”