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The University of Georgia is proud to serve as an academic home to the Russian Flagship program. The Russian Flagship is a federally-sponsored initiative that provides opportunities for undergraduate students of any major to reach a professional level of competence in Russian by graduation, experience study abroad and professional internships, and earn prestigious Flagship certification. If you are interested in joining our freshman cohort in Fall 2023, secure your spot in RUSS1011 before the start of the fall term.


Interested in a global career that requires proficiency in Russian?
We have excellent news!

The program offers considerable resources and innovative instruction to students interested in professions that may include a significant international component, global travel and communications, and intercultural awareness, particularly pertaining to Russian-speaking countries. Students interested in becoming global professionals can pursue their selected majors while enjoying carefully planned intensive programming domestically and overseas in the Russian language.  The program welcomes applications from undergraduates of all majors and at any level of prior experience in Russian.


The Russian Flagship Program is a collaborative initiative between the Department of Language and Literacy Education and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, funded by The Language Flagship, a public/private partnership sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP).

Advocacy Statement: Our team views Russian invasion of Ukraine as a direct violation of international law and grieves for the victims of the ongoing violence and brutal destruction of the country. We stand with all those in Ukraine, Russia, and beyond who oppose this war.

The content of this website does not necessarily reflect the position of policy of the U.S. government. No official government endorsement should be inferred.


January 20, 2023

Annual Masquerade Ball: Russian Flagship Program students, faculty, tutors, and staff gather in the beautiful Fireside Lounge for food, ballroom dancing, and a celebration of student and program successes.

January 24, 2023

Screening of documentary film by Katherine Suvorova "Петь свои песни" (Kazakh name: Men sen emes) about the Kazakh boy group Ninety One (Kazakh: Тоқсан бір). Co-sponsored with the student-led UGA Russian Language Club. Part of The Language Flagship Blended Learning Initiative.

February 9, 2023

Virtual Q&A session in Russian about the documentary Men sen emes (“Петь свои песни”) with the director Katerina Suvorova. Bring your questions about Kazakhstan, music, and any other aspect of life in Central Asia! Presented in collaboration with The Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center exclusively for Russian Flagship Program students.

February 11, 2023

Ukrainian Culture & History through Music: heart-gripping musical performance of an Atlanta-based Ukrainian trio to the uniquely magical sounds of Ukraines musical instrument, the bandura. Presented in collaboration with the Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies and the JoLLE Conference.

February 23, 2023

Flagship: Pathways to your Future. A virtual event for all current Russian Flagship students to hear Flagship alumni panelists discuss their career paths leveraging the Language Flagship experience.

Coming Soon:

Cultural presentations, cooking demonstrations, academic symposium, and more cultural and career programming!

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The Russian Flagship Program

mailing address:


315 Aderhold Hall

110 Carlton St.

Department of Language & Literacy Education

University of Georgia

Athens, GA 30602



Tel: 706-542-4525


Summer 2022

The University of Georgia Immersion in the Russian Language, Culture, and Communities in the Baltics Program has shifted to a new domestic location for Summer 2022 only – Honolulu, Hawaii.

Summer 2023

The University of Georgia launches its Project Global Officer program in Riga, Latvia.

In Spring 2022, UGA Russian Flagship Program students participated in a special all-Russian section of UGA's CURO Symposium and in The Language Flagship's Hackathon. They celebrated Nauryz, painted Easter eggs, cooked blini, played chess, explored Russian internet culture, connected with Flagship alumni, participated in career-building events, and gave presentations and recited poetry in Russian. The program held Open House events for prospective students from North Forsyth and Elbert County High Schools and Riverside Military Academy.

UGA is home to a STARTALK grant to offer Intensive Russian for Future Global Professionals in the summer.

Twelve UGA Russian Flagship Program students have been accepted for the Russian Overseas Flagship Capstone 2022-2023 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and six were selected for a Boren scholarship.

In Summer 2022, UGA Russian Flagship Program students are participating in domestic (Athens, GA and Honolulu, HI) and overseas (Almaty, Kazakhstan) intensive Russian language programs, preparing for the Russian Overseas Flagship Capstone Year in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and participating in jobs and internships utilizing their language and cultural skills.

Summer 2023

The University of Georgia Immersion in the Russian Language, Culture, and Communities in the Baltics Program returns to Riga, Latvia.

Fall 2023

The UGA Russian Flagship Program Living-Learning Community moves to Rutherford Hall, merging with UGA's oldest living-learning community - Franklin Residential College.

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