The Language Flagship

The Language Flagship is a partnership between the federal government and the higher education community. The goal of Flagship is to build domestic and overseas language programs that produce professionally proficient language speakers. The Flagship program strives to graduate students who will become future contributors to and employees of the Department of Defense and the broader national security community.  The Flagship Program focuses on undergraduate students enrolled at domestic universities learning Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, and Russian. 

Upon completion of the intensive domestic program, Flagship students participate in a year-long immersive study program that requires directed language instruction and  direct enrollment at an overseas partner institution, and an international internship/work experience. Flagship Programs use guided instruction and meaningful interventions to graduate students from a variety of majors who demonstrate Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Level 3 speaking proficiency in one of the six target languages.

The Flagship program creates a pool of qualified individuals with a variety of professional skills who are linguistically and culturally competent in a language and area of the world critical to U.S. national security.

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