About the National Language Flagship

The UCLA Russian Flagship program is part of the National Language Flagship, a groundbreaking national initiative designed to enable American undergraduates to become global professionals and world leaders in their chosen fields.

With a network of federally funded programs in Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, and other strategic languages, the Language Flagship facilitates students’ development of bilingual and bicultural competencies through a combination of domestic and overseas programs. This includes not only accelerated and specialized language learning, but also experiences such as professionally oriented internships and direct enrollment in local university courses, which fully immerse students in the target language culture.

Students who complete the full Flagship program graduate with:

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

UCLA is one of eight universities in the United States that offer a Russian Flagship program. These programs work in partnership with American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, which runs the overseas programs. Many students receive federal scholarships from Boren, Critical Language Scholarship, and Gilman, to support their study abroad.