The Language Flagship

What is the Language Flagship?

The Language Flagship is a national effort to change the way that Americans learn languages. Language Flagship programs can be found at universities across the United States and offer undergraduate students opportunities to intensively study critical languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, and Russian. Designed as a network of programs, The Language Flagship seeks to graduate students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of proficiency in one of many languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.

The Language Flagship is sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) at the Department of Defense and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

What is the Flagship model?

The Flagship model consists of rigorous domestic and overseas language study. While engaged in domestic study, students participate in intensive language courses which are supplemented by weekly one-on-one tutoring sessions and co-curricular activities. These activities are designed to allow students of all levels to practice applying their language skills to discuss different topics in both formal and informal settings. These activities also help students make close friends and establish support systems within the Flagship community, and students can take active roles in organizing program events through our student ambassador program.

There are two study abroad opportunities in the Russian Flagship program. Students spend a summer in a Russian-speaking country on a pre-Capstone study abroad trip and complete the program by participating in a Capstone year abroad featuring intensive language study, extensive cultural immersion, and a professional internship.

Upon successfully completing the Flagship, students receive official Flagship Certification from the Department of Defense, which opens many employment opportunities, especially within the U.S. Government.

What makes the Language Flagship unique?

The Flagship Program is specially designed to meet the academic needs and the career goals of each individual student:

  • Flagship students gain practical language experience relevant to their field of study.
  • The Capstone Year internship is designed to complement each student’s academic specialization and help them reach their professional goals.
  • Students who are selected to participate in Flagship programs can receive up to $20,000 in funding for study abroad and summer intensive language training.
  • Flagship students graduate with professional-level language proficiency, making them ready for careers in the federal government, global business, nongovernmental organizations, and more.