The IU Russian Language Flagship welcomes undergrads of any major and from any school with or without Russian language experience!
If you never learned Russian, if you are currently enrolled in a Russian language course, or if you speak Russian at home with your parents – you are eligible to participate in the program. There are only two eligibility requirements:
Students must have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA.
Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be eligible for Flagship scholarships.
Timing is crucial and early planning is essential because reaching professional proficiency in Russian takes time.
If you are considering participating in the Russian Language Flagship, make an appointment with the Russian Flagship Program Coordinator and discuss your options. Email us your questions and we will be happy to tell you more about the program.
Timing is crucial. Planning for Field Training or Advanced Camp needs to go hand in hand with planning for your domestic and overseas Russian language studies. ROTC students interested in participating in the Russian Flagship need to meet with their unit commanders as well as Russian Flagship advisors as soon as possible to chart out their individual plans of study.
High school students who plan to apply to IU may want to begin exploring Russian language before their freshman year at the university.
High school juniors or seniors who live in Bloomington can enroll in IU Russian language classes while still attending high school. This will be a good test whether the IU Russian Language Flagship is a good fit for them. Interested students can enroll through the IU OPEN program.
High school seniors who have been accepted to IU can jump-start their Russian during the summer right before their freshman year by attending the IU Summer Language Workshop. The IU Summer Language Workshop offers a number of scholarships to defray the cost of their summer studies, and all IU students pay in-state tuition.
High School Students Thinking Ahead about College
High school students who still have a few years before college can begin their Russian language careers early by attending one of the domestic or overseas Russian language training programs.
Concordia Language Villages with its Russian village Lesnoe Ozero offers a great variety of immersive Russian language and culture programs. Students age 6 through 19 are welcome to participate in one-day through four-week programs. Grade 9-12 participants can earn high school credit.
STARTALK is a federal grant program funded by the National Security Agency aimed to increase the number of U.S. citizens who can speak critical languages, including Russian. STARTALK offers Russian language summer programs for grades K-12.
High school students who speak Russian at home with their parents or grandparents can bring their Russian skills to full bloom through participation in the IU Russian Flagship Program. Based on their oral and writing skills, they could complete the Russian Flagship Program in an expedited manner.