Bryn Mawr College
The Russian Language Flagship program is open to all undergraduates of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges and to Russian-speaking students who are committed to attaining professional or superior-level language proficiency through an intensive language training program tailored to their professional interests and academic specialization. The program also accepts applications from part-time non-degree-seeking students.
The ultimate goal of the program is for all students to reach the "superior level" (ILR level 3) of proficiency in Russian according to ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Students who successfully complete the Russian Flagship track are highly sought after by non-government and government organizations, as well as international corporations and professional firms.
Undergraduates who are currently enrolled at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges and join the Language Flagship track are not required to major in Russian, although many choose to major or to double major in Russian and another content area (math, science, history, literature, etc.). Students also have the option of direct-enrolling in content-area courses during their overseas study in Russia. These content-area courses may be applied toward fulfilling major requirements with the prior approval of the student's major department.
Those who have had previous Russian language training in high school or who have a heritage language background in Russian can enter the Russian Flagship track at their current proficiency level, in accordance with the results of a proficiency exam (AP Russian exam or proficiency exam at Bryn Mawr College).
The Russian Language Flagship at Bryn Mawr encourages prospective high school students to consider applying to Bryn Mawr, Haverford, or Swarthmore Colleges and to become a Russian Flagship student upon acceptance to one of the three colleges.
Information on courses and how to apply to the program can be found below. In the meantime, if you have questions about the program, please contact Sharon Bain, Director of the Language Flagship at Bryn Mawr,
Portland State University
The PSU Russian Flagship Partner Program (RFPP) is an undergraduate certificate program designed for students of Russian who seek to achieve superior language proficiency while pursuing degrees in the academic major of their choice. This innovative four-year Russian across the curriculum program is designed to produce graduates with dual strengths an academic discipline and in professional-level Russian language proficiency for use in their future careers.
RFPP has an Introductory Track for students with little or no prior training in Russian and an Advanced Track for students who enter the program with Intermediate Mid/High skills. Students of the Introductory Track take intensive Beginning Flagship Russian as freshmen, following which they spend the summer in Russia. During their second year in the program they complete the third-year Russian sequence while living in the Russian Immersion Living/Learning Community. Students of the Advanced Track complete six Russian across the curriculum courses related to their general education classes during their first two years in the program. Flagship students of both tracks take content courses conducted in Russian and Russian across their curriculum courses related to their majors, and students of both tracks will be eligible to spend one academic year at the Russian Flagship Center in St. Petersburg, where they will combine coursework at St. Petersburg State University with an internship. The program will culminate with a Senior Capstone conducted in Russian. RFPP is also available to post-baccalaureate students who seek to maintain or achieve a highly professional level of proficiency in Russian.
Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students who have been admitted to the Flagship program may also choose to complete a Certificate of Advanced Proficiency in Russian. The Certificate Program has four components: advanced Russian classes, content classes conducted in Russian, Russian across the curriculum classes, and a Capstone. Many of the program requirements may be completed at the St. Petersburg Russian Flagship Center.
To participate in RFPP students must apply and be admitted to Portland State University and to RFPP. Qualified high school juniors and seniors may apply to LINK (http://challenge-link.clas.pdx.edu/link). All others should visit the Portland State Admissions page: (http://www.pdx.edu/admissions). Qualified RFPP candidates are eligible for Out-of-State Scholarships, merit based scholarships, and designated Flagship Scholarships to help cover tuition and housing expenses.
Contact: Sandra Freels at
University of Wisconsin–Madison
The Russian Flagship Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison offers a rigorous, content-based program of study in Russian language and culture for highly-motivated undergraduate students of all majors to achieve Superior level proficiency in Russian
The program requirements consist of both domestic and overseas components:
Domestic UW-Madison Requirements
Russian Flagship students complete 1st-4th Year Russian (or the equivalent) and Russian Language and Culture I & II (or the equivalent), participate in 1-4 hours/week of individualized or small-group tutoring, and take the following Russian Flagship courses:
- Two-semester sequence of courses on the history of Russian culture and contemporary Russian culture
- Two elective area studies courses from an approved list, or two courses in the student’s major discipline area, with a Russian language component
- One of the following courses:
- Research seminar
- Capstone course in Russian
- Advanced Russian language course
- Minimum 6 weeks study abroad in Russia at the secondary level or above, prior to participation in the academic yearlong overseas Russian Flagship Program;
- Academic yearlong Overseas Russian Flagship Program in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The UW-Madison Russian Flagship curriculum is designed to provide students with maximum flexibility in meeting these requirements, with accelerated course options during the academic year and over the summer in both the United States and in Russia. A Russian Flagship advisor works closely with each student to design an individualized study plan that is tailored to the student’s disciplinary interests.
In addition to meeting core course requirements, Russian Flagship students participate in co- and extra-curricular activities on campus such as a weekly social hour for Flagship students; Russkii dom, a Russian Language floor; Russian language tables, workshops, lectures, films, and conversations with visiting scholars.
The program welcomes applications from highly-motivated undergraduates from all majors and at all levels of proficiency in Russian who seek to achieve professional-level competence in Russian. Students can begin the pre-Flagship track at any point, from first-year Russian to a more advanced level. Heritage speakers, that is, students who grew up in Russian-speaking families but have been educated primarily in English, are also encouraged to apply.
Applications for the Russian Flagship program are accepted biannually, and students must be accepted both by the Russian Flagship Program and by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
For further information, please contact Professor Karen Evans-Romaine, UW-Madison Russian Flagship Center Director (
Interested non-UW students should contact Dr. Dianna Murphy, UW-Madison Russian Flagship Center Associate Director (
University of California, Los Angeles
The UCLA Russian Flagship Center offers a rigorous content-based study program of Russian language, culture, and society. We welcome applications from UCLA undergraduates at all levels of language study who are committed to working towards professional-level competence in Russian.
Flagship courses are open to all majors. Each Flagship student follows an individualized study plan, which includes tutoring by native speakers, accelerated learning and, in senior classes, the study of academic content in Russian. Study plans may include summer course work in the U.S. or abroad.
Flagship students who complete the senior level Flagship courses will be eligible to apply for a year of study and an internship in St. Petersburg.
Flagship participants include students of Russian as a foreign language and heritage students, i.e., students who grew up in Russian-speaking families but have been educated primarily in English.
The UCLA Russian Flagship has a rolling admissions process. Interested UCLA students should contact Professor Olga Kagan (
) or Susan Bauckus (
). We also welcome inquiries from UC students on other campuses and from high school students who are interested in the Flagship and plan to apply to UCLA.
American Councils and the Overseas Russian Flagship, St. Petersburg State University*
The Overseas Russian Flagship, administered by the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, is an integrated and essential component part of the Russian Flagship Programs at Bryn Mawr, Maryland, Portland State, UCLA, and Wisconsin. The Overseas Russian Flagship provides advanced to professional-level language training in Russian (Levels 2+, 3, and above in all four skills) as well as direct enrollments for all students at St. Petersburg University (Russia) in lecture courses or seminars in their areas of academic concentration.
The year-long capstone program at St. Petersburg State University features formal coursework in discourse development, individualized tutorials, biweekly excursions, and home-stays with Russian families. Participants also benefit from extensive opportunities for professionally-focused language development and language utilization through enrollment in regular university courses in their area of specialization and internships with local NGOs, government, or business organizations. Students who successfully complete the overseas program usually achieve general professional plus or advanced professional level of Russian proficiency on ILR scale.
To learn more about Russian Flagship and American Councils, please visit the Russian Flagship website http://flagship.americancouncils.org/russian/?q=content/overview or contact American Councils Russian Flagship staff at
*Administered by American Councils for International Education