Russian Overseas Flagship Capstone Program

The Russian Overseas Flagship Capstone Program is currently located at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The Russian Overseas Flagship Capstone Program, administered by American Councils for International Education, provides undergraduate students the opportunity for intensive, professional language training and development. The program offers Russian Flagship students access to courses and academic resources at well-resepected centers and universities for the study of Russian language and culture.  

Students on the Russian Overseas Flagship Capstone Program have the opportunity to direct enroll in courses on an audit or for-credit basis. Students who choose to take a direct-enroll course for credit should fill out the syllabus form created by International Academic Programs to have their coursework evaluated for UW-Madison course equivalency. Download the syllabus form.

Applications to the Russian Overseas Flagship Capstone Program are usually due in mid-January for the following academic year. Students must plan far in advance to apply for the program and to meet proficiency and study abroad eligibility requirements. Participation in an intensive Russian-language study abroad program at the secondary level or beyond for a minimum of 6 weeks is required for students to be eligible to apply for the academic year Russian Overseas Flagship Capstone Program.

Students in the program apply to participate in the Russian Overseas Flagship Capstone Program through International Academic Programs. 

Language Flagship scholarships for study abroad may be available for outstanding Russian Flagship students who are making satisfactory academic progress. Students who wish to be considered for Language Flagship scholarships are strongly encouraged to apply for other scholarships, grants, and sources of financial aid as well.

Watch a video about the Russian Overseas Flagship capstone program.

Language Flagship Certification

The Language Flagship recognizes three levels of recognition for students who complete the Flagship programs:
  • Flagship Certification with Distinction: Completion of a Domestic Flagship Program and an Overseas Capstone experience, including direct enrollment and an internship, as well as meeting or exceeding the proficiency minimum of ILR 3 in speaking, reading and listening. ILR 3 proficiency or higher must be demonstrated in all three modalities to be eligible for certification with distinction. 
  • Flagship Certification: Completion of a Domestic Flagship Program and an Overseas Capstone experience, including direct enrollment and an internship, as well as meeting or exceeding the proficiency minimum of ILR 3 in speaking, and an ILR 2+ in reading and listening. 
  • Flagship Completion: Completion of a Domestic Flagship Program and an Overseas Capstone experience, including direct enrollment and an internship, as well as the demonstration of a post-capstone proficiency of less than ILR 3 in speaking.

The UW-Madison Russian Flagship is a collaborative initiative of the UW-Madison Department of Slavic Languages and Literature  and the Language Institute, with the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, and the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition
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