The Language Flagship is a national effort to change the way Americans learn languages. We offer language programs at schools across the United States for undergraduate students in critical languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Hindi Urdu, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, and Turkish. In an effort to build language proficiency for all U.S. students, we also support K–12 language programs and curriculum development to improve opportunities for U.S. students to pursue language education.
Designed as a network of programs, the Flagship community is made up of 27 Flagship programs at 22 institutions of higher education, and 10 Overseas Flagship Centers. Programs are led by nationally-recognized leaders and innovators in language education.
Each Flagship Center is unique. All Flagship Centers have programs for undergraduate students, and all share the goal of educating students in the languages and cultures of the world.
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 and higher education, The Language Flagship seeks to graduate students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of proficiency in one of many languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.
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The Language Flagship is a partnership between government, education, and business. Our logo comprises a blue diamond for government, the creator and seminal funder of this program; a gold diamond for business, a key beneficiary and supporter of this effort; and a green diamond for education. Education is at the center of this collaborative effort, responding to advanced language demands in both government and business. Two converging white lines thrust across all three partners, leading the nation to a new paradigm for advanced language education.