The IU Russian Flagship brings together undergrads of various majors and disciplines. Some pursue international studies, others study microbiology and neurosciences, and still others want to become business professionals and doctors. Here some of our stories.


How I Became Interested in Russian

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Kyle Tucker (first year Russian student)

“Growing up in rural Indiana, I didn’t get much hands-on exposure to world cultures. Instead, I read voraciously about all manner of topics—especially history. One time period I was extremely interested in was the Cold War (1947-1991). This interesting time period featured secrets, spies, and the looming threat of nuclear war. As a result, I began to learn a great deal about Russia. Yet it seems many Americans know very little about the largest country in the world. Winston Churchill once called Russia ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.’ Even after the end of the Cold War, Russia remains an ever-relevant participant in world affairs but is still considered a mystery by some.

As I considered which university I would like to attend, I thought about my interest in politics and world affairs. When I learned about the international studies major at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, I was hooked. The establishment of the Russian Flagship at Indiana University only excited me more. As a member of the Russian Flagship, I can apply my newfound language skills to indulge in my fascination with the past as well as prepare myself for a fulfilling career in the future.”