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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.


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Explore our past events:

Summer 2023

Stop by the UGA Russian Flagship Program table at the Tate Student Center during your Orientation Resource Fair, part of New Student Orientation, to learn more about our program.

Spring 2023

In Spring 2023, UGA Russian Flagship Program students participated in a special all-Russian section of UGA's CURO Symposium and in The Language Flagship's annual Hackathon. They celebrated Maslenitsa and Nauryz, cooked traditional Slavic dishes, played chess and BINGO in Russian, explored Russian superstitions, connected with Flagship alumni, learned about youth culture in Kazakhstan and various aspects of Kyrgyz language and culture, enjoyed a performance by Atlanta-based Ukrainian musicians, participated in career-building events and a weekend excursion to Washington, D.C., and gave presentations and recited poetry in Russian.

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


Three UGA Russian Flagship Program students qualified for the Russian Overseas Flagship Capstone 2023-2024 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, all three supported by the prestigious Boren Scholarship.

In Summer 2023, UGA Russian Flagship Program students are participating in exclusive domestic and overseas intensive language programs, honing their Russian proficiency through tutoring, and enjoying jobs and internships utilizing their language, cross-cultural, and professional skills. Seventeen UGA Russian Flagship program students completed the 2023 UGA STARTALK Russian Language Summer Immersion Program - Intensive Russian for Future Global Professionals. Ten UGA Russian Flagship are participating in the UGA Immersion in the Russian Language, Culture, and Communities in the Baltics (IRLCCB) Program in Latvia. Two of our cadets are participating in the prestigous Project Global Officer (GO) program, designed to help future military officers develop linguistic and cross-cultural communication skills required for effective leadership for the Services in the 21st century operational environment.

Summer 2022

The University of Georgia Immersion in the Russian Language, Culture, and Communities in the Baltics Program shifted to a new domestic location for Summer 2022 only – Honolulu, Hawaii. The Honolulu location remains an alternative site for summer immersion in case of unprecedented circumstances that preclude international travel.

Summer 2023

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

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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