Frequently Asked Questions - Undergraduate
- Do I have to major in Turkish to participate in the domestic Turkish Flagship Program?
- Can I maintain my fitness routine in Baku?
- What languages are spoken in Azerbaijan?
- How long is the summer or academic year program in Baku, Azerbaijan?
- How long is the domestic program at Indiana University?
- Am I eligible?
- When do I apply for the overseas program?
- What happens at the Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, DC?
- Where do students live?
- How many students participate in the program?
- Are students allowed independent travel in Azerbaijan?
- Are internet, e-mail, and telephone services readily available in Baku?
- Are there 24 hour emergency services?
- Do the doctors in Baku speak English?
No, the Turkish Flagship Program accepts students of all majors.
There are plenty of opportunities for physical activity in Baku: running clubs, yoga classes, boxing gyms, soccer teams, and more.
There are many languages spoken in Azerbaijan, but three major ones you will hear in Baku are Azerbaijani, Turkish, and Russian.
The Turkish Overseas Flagship Summer Program is eight weeks long. The Turkish Overseas Flagship Capstone Program is nine months long.
The program is nine months or an academic year.
Eligibility criteria for the Turkish Overseas Flagship Program are:
- Must currently be enrolled in Indiana University's Turkish Domestic Flagship Program
- Intermediate level of Turkish proficiency equivalent to 1/1+ on the ILR scale for summer; advanced level of Turkish proficiency equivalent to 2/2+ on the ILR scale for academic year
- Heritage speakers (speak Turkish at home) are eligible
- United States citizenship or permanent residency required
The online application deadline is January 10, 2017. The deadline for your recommenders to submit their online reference forms is January 17, 2017.
The orientation in Washington, DC is a two-day session with American Councils staff. During these two days, all aspects of the program are discussed: the academic program, life as a student abroad, getting around Baku, health and safety issues, keeping in touch with friends and family in the US and other issues.
All Turkish Overseas Flagship students live with Turkish-speaking local host families. These families are approved by American Councils and are experienced in hosting American students. Each student is given a private room and two meals per day on weekdays and three on weekends. Other amenities are also available.
The number of students varies from year to year, but averages around 3-5. This allows for greater individualized attention from instructors and language partners.
Yes. Independent travel is allowed provided you notify the resident director or overseas staff before traveling. You must also fulfill all program responsibilities (attend classes, complete classwork, attend group meetings, etc.) to receive permission to travel independently. Only travel deemed safe by the US State Department can be approved. Only Capstone students are allowed to travel outside of Azerbaijan during official program breaks.
Yes, Baku is a very modern metropolitan city. Students enjoy internet at their homestays and at the university. Most students take advantage of online chat services, such as Skype or Facetime, to stay in touch with loved ones back home.
Yes. The resident director and staff in Baku are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. American Councils also maintains a 24-hour phone line in Washington, DC.
Yes. The doctors at the clinic in Baku speak English.