As one of only six Russian Flagship programs in the United States, the IU Russian Flagship Program maintains a set of high academic standards. The Russian Flagship boasts an elite vanguard of students united by ambition and committed to achieving maximum learning outcomes. By electing to join this exclusive group, students admitted to the program sign a contract indicating they understand the program's requirements, promise to work hard to meet individualized benchmarks, and abide by the highest ethical standards.

Program Requirements

The Russian Flagship curriculum is flexible and accommodates students of any major and with any level of proficiency in Russian to work toward Superior linguistic proficiency. We work individually with each student admitted to the Russian Language Flagship Program to create an individualized plan of study for meeting the program's domestic and overseas requirements, as outlined below.

Overseas Russian Language Study

Overseas Russian language study has two components – a pre-capstone study abroad trip and the Capstone Year in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

  1. Pre-capstone Russian language training is completed by attending a minimum of eight weeks of intensive overseas Russian language program at the secondary level.
  2. The Capstone training includes (a) participation in the intensive academic-year-long Russian Overseas Flagship capstone program, located in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and administered by American Councils for International Education; (b) completing a semester-long professional internship while in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Requirements for Satisfactory Progress

To demonstrate satisfactory progress, Russian Flagship students must:

  • Meet proficiency benchmarks and complete course requirements
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.5 in Russian courses, and cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Enroll in at least 3 credits of Russian each semester
  • Participate in 1-3 hours of tutoring each week
  • Actively participate in Russian Flagship co-curricular activities
  • Participate in Russian Flagship assessments

If requirements are not satisfactorily met, or if a student fails to demonstrate strong academic commitment, good academic and personal behavior, regular attendance and communication with program faculty and staff, such a student may face consequences including probation and, depending on the circumstances, dismissal from the program.