The Russian Flagship programs prepare U.S. students to be able to communicate in Russian at the highest levels of functional proficiency. Program graduates are highly sought after by non-governmental and government organizations, as well as international corporations and professional firms.
The Russian Flagship is designed as an articulated combination of domestic and overseas programs for undergraduate and graduate students in all fields. The Domestic Programs are designed to train students of all majors to reach a professional level of Russian language proficiency by the time they complete their undergraduate study. The Domestic Flagship Programs at Russian Flagship schools ( Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, Portland State University, UCLA, and University of Wisconsin-Madison) accept undergraduate students at different levels of Russian proficiency, from zero to Intermediate-High/Advanced-Low on the ACTFL scale, and offer curricula of different length and intensity. Post-BA students already at the Advanced-Mid or Advanced-High language level should consider applying directly to the second tier, the Overseas Program. A flexible combination of the domestic and overseas components allows the Russian Flagship Program to address the needs of Russian learners at different levels of proficiency.
The Russian Flagship Domestic and Overseas Programs offer intensive language training at beginning through professional levels at the university level while permitting major work in a wide variety of academic fields. The Flagship programs are specially designed to successfully serve students at different levels of Russian proficiency and both Russian and non-Russian majors. Flagship students not only learn Russian, but prepare themselves for successful and rewarding careers in the areas of high interest to the U.S. government, the corporate world and global economy, and academia.
- Innovative Russian training integrated with work in other academic fields,
- Intensive language training tailored to the students’ professional interests and academic specialization,
- Courses that are carefully coordinated to complement each other in developing the students’ overall and professional communicative competence in the Russian language,
- Comprehensive periodic assessment to measure students’ progress,
- Official certification of language skills, and
- A range of intensification and immersion models on-campus (offered by some Flagship colleges and universities).
- Special classes focusing on professional language and discourse development, designed for the Language Flagship students through a collaboration of the American Councils and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University language specialists,
- Regular Al-Farabi Kazakh National University courses in their area of specialization,
- Individualized tutorials,
- Biweekly excursions,
- Internships with local NGOs, government, or businesses, and
- Homestays with Russian-speaking local families.