The Next Generation of Global Professionals

The Language Flagship is a national initiative to change the way Americans learn languages through a groundbreaking approach to language education for students from kindergarten through college.

Through a network of 31 Flagship Programs at 23 institutions of higher education across the U.S., The Language Flagship graduates students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of proficiency in one of ten languages critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.

Students come from all regions of the nation and pursue a variety of academic and professional interests in addition to language study. Flagship Certified Professionals are highly motivated graduates who possess:

  • Professional-level language proficiency in their Flagship language of choice;
  • Advanced cultural skills and experience living and working abroad; and
  • Intercultural insights for careers in federal government, global business, nongovernmental organizations, and other fields.

Learn more about how to become a global professional through one of our many Flagship programs.

2021-2023 African Flagship Languages Initiative  

 The Language Flagship is seeking proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education for the development and implementation of the African Flagship Languages Initiative to provide domestic intensive summer language instruction, followed by fall overseas language instruction in Akan/Twi, French, Swahili, Wolof and Zulu at a variety of levels. You can find additional information and the application guidelines here

2020-2024 Flagship Grant Competition Results 

The Language Flagship and the National Security Education Program are pleased to announce the results of the Flagship open competition for domestic and select capstone programs.  Flagship has awarded 31 new grants to 23 institutions across 19 states new grants for the 2020-2024 Language Flagship grant cycle. More information about the competition results is available here.

Language Proficiency Initiative Data

The raw data from the Flagship sponsored Language Proficiency Initiative in now available for researchers. The Initiative's data collection includes the results from nearly 23,000 ACTFL- and ILR-scaled listening, reading, and speaking proficiency tests of U.S. college students not affiliated with the Language Flagship Program at three universities studying Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. You can find out more about this initiative here

For comparison, extensive data about the core Language Flagship program proficiency results is published annually in the NSEP Reports to Congress here.



Portuguese Flagship Program at the University of Georgia

Chinese Flagship Program at the University of Rhode Island

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