The Russian Flagship Program is designed to equip students of any major with professional-level Russian language skills and matching cultural expertise. The flexible design of the program allows students to complete the Flagship curriculum in anywhere from 2.5 to 5 years. We will work with students and advisors from any unit or school (including ROTC, the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, the Kelley School, the School of Education, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs) to make sure that they complete the required coursework for both programs in a timely manner.

Curriculum Components

Flagship training has three components – domestic Russian language study, pre-capstone study abroad, and capstone study abroad. Domestic Russian language study includes four year-long foundational language courses and two semester-long content courses taught in Russian. To complete the pre-capstone study abroad requirement, students participate in an eight-week intensive overseas summer Russian language program at the secondary level. Students spend the final year of the Flagship in Almaty, Kazakhstan, enrolled in the Capstone program administered by American Councils for International Education and completing a professional internship at a local or international company, institution, or organization.

Study Paths

Students can join the program with various levels of language proficiency. We work with each student to create an individualized plan of study for meeting the program's domestic and overseas requirements. Students’ prior experience studying Russian as well as their commitment to the program will determine the length of their study in the Flagship. Motivated and hard-working students with no prior knowledge of Russian can complete the program in 4-5 years. To accelerate your progress, we encourage you to enroll in the IU Summer Language Workshop and complete a year’s worth of training in eight weeks (or nine weeks for first year).

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Activities to Enhance Your Language Learning

All Flagship students work with tutors and also participate in a range of co-curricular activities such as lectures, workshops, language tables, interest groups, including Flagship news reporting.