The Language Flagship leads the nation in designing, supporting, and implementing a new paradigm for advanced language education. Through an innovative partnership between the federal government, education, and business, The Language Flagship seeks to produce students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of fluency in one of many languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.
The Arabic Flagship Program
The Arabic Flagship Program addresses the critical need for U.S. professionals able to speak, read, write, and understand Arabic at the highest levels of functional proficiency. As such, it is designed to raise the Arabic language proficiency of students to the ILR level 3 (ACTFL “superior” or “professional” level) through an intensive program tailored to students' professional interests and academic specializations.
The Arabic Flagship Program is structured as a two-tier program. The domestic component (the first tier) is designed to train students to reach the language proficiency level required for the overseas components (the second tier).
This U.S-based intensive language program is intended to assist qualified students in attaining the ILR Level 2 ("ACTFL Advanced") in Arabic language proficiency in preparation for their overseas studies. The Arabic Flagship Program is administered by five domestic universities. Applicants should apply directly to one of these institutions:
- University of Maryland
- The University of Arizona
- Indiana University
American Councils administers the Arabic Overseas Flagship Capstone Year and Summer Programs.
The Arabic Overseas Flagship Program started in June 2008, and is currently located on the grounds of the Arab American Language Institute in Meknes, Morocco. Flagship students study in Meknes for a full year. This program is intended as a logical step after participating in the Stateside Undergraduate Arabic Flagship Program and achieving an ILR proficiency level of 2 (ACTFL Advanced).
In cooperation with the Arab American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM), located in historic Meknes, Morocco, American Councils offers an intensive eight week summer program to Flagship students who have achieved an ILR proficiency level of at least 1+. This program allows students a unique opportunity to learn a less commonly-studied Arabic dialect while continuing to develop their skills in Modern Standard Arabic.