Russian Flagship Program

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Language Flagship

The UW-Madison Russian Flagship Program is funded by The Language Flagship, a major component of the National Security Education Program in the U.S. Department of Defense. 

The Language Flagship leads the nation in designing, supporting, and implementing a new paradigm for advanced language education. Through an innovative partnership among the federal government, education, and business, The Language Flagship prepares undergraduate students of all majors to take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a Superior level of fluency in one of many languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.

The Language Flagship offers undergraduate students intensive language instruction to enhance their academic degrees through the achievement of Superior-level language proficiency and cultural competence. All programs that are part of The Language Flagship include periods of rigorous language and cultural immersion at Overseas Flagship Centers. The Language Flagship also funds a select number of K–12 programs designed to provide an articulated path of language instruction for students from elementary school through college.

Language Flagship Certification

The Language Flagship recognizes three levels of certification for students who complete 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. Students must demonstrate ILR 3 proficiency or higher 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.