Russian Flagship Program

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Students apply to the Russian Flagship Program through the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH). The program has two deadlines:

November 15, for those who want to begin in the spring.
March 15, for those who want to begin during the summer or fall.

Before starting the application, please make sure to gather the following documents and information:

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (other than UW-Madison). Electronic versions of transcripts can be uploaded in the online application form. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. If you are a high school senior (who has been admitted to UW-Madison), or a first-year student enrolled in Slavic 101: First Semester Russian, please also submit your high school transcript.
  • Statement of purpose (500 words): Why are you interested in the UW-Madison Russian Flagship Program? How does the program fit with your educational and career goals? In answering these questions, describe experiences that you have had to date that prepare you for this intensive program.
  • Self-evaluation of Russian language proficiency in speaking, reading, and listening. (Please note that your response to this question will not affect your application status and is for informational purposes only.)
  • Two letters of recommendation, due to the Russian Flagship Program on or before the application deadline (November 15 or March 15). At least one letter should be from a foreign language teacher; if you have studied Russian before, at least one reference must be from one of your Russian instructors.

For students who do not have an existing profile on the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH), please note that you will need to complete a short general application before you will be granted access to the application to the Russian Flagship Program.

Apply to the Russian Flagship Program