Russian Flagship Program
This grant continues the Russian Flagship Program in the U.S. Southeast to create a unique regional, as well as a national, pipeline of global Russian-speaking professionals critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.
Institute of International Education
- Principal investigator
Associate Professor, Language and Literacy Education
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The University of Georgia received funding from the National Security Education Program to continue offering a thriving and highly enrolled Russian Flagship Program. This grant program helps students secure scholarships to study abroad in Flagship-approved Russian-speaking countries to acquire superior proficiency in this critical language while taking classes in their major, holding professional internships, and completing a year-long capstone study.
Additionally, the program offers students an array of resources, including study abroad immersion with elite providers, intensive instruction with personalized tutoring, a rich cultural curriculum, career advisement, an edge in competing for prestigious scholarships and internships, nationally-recognized Language Flagship certification, and a pathway to earning eligibility for direct hiring with leading federal agencies.
The award demonstrates the dedication and seriousness with which UGA administration, faculty, and staff across campus assume the unique responsibility and opportunity to serve as a home for the Language Flagship, as well as their enthusiasm for continuing to offer the program to UGA students after a highly successful and robust start in fall 2018. Furthermore, the award showcases an exceptional level of institutional commitment, innovative instructional design informed by empirically-tested second language acquisition research, UGA’s capacity for supporting the Flagship program, as well as the favorable language enrollment dynamics in the state and, locally, in the Russian program.