Overview: Important components of our program

The Russian Flagship program is designed to equip students of any major with professional-level Russian language skills and matching cultural expertise. We work with students and their advisors from any unit or school (including ROTC, the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, the Kelley School of Business, etc.) to make sure that they complete requirements for their majors and for the Flagship in a timely manner. Most students take 5 years to complete the Flagship program.

Curriculum components

Flagship training has three main components–domestic Russian language study, a pre-Capstone summer study abroad program, and the Capstone Year abroad. Domestic Russian language study includes four year-long 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 in a Russian-speaking country. Students spend the final year of the Flagship in Almaty, Kazakhstan enrolled in the Capstone Year program administered by American Councils for International Education.

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, language tables, and fun weekly program meetings like game nights and study groups.