College of Arts and Sciences

The Language Flagship

The Language Flagship LogoThe Language Flagship is a national effort to change the way Americans learn languages. Flagship offers language programs at schools across the United States for undergraduate students in critical languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Designed as a network of programs, The Language Flagship seeks to graduate students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of proficiency in one of many languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.

The Language Flagship is funded by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office of the U.S. Department of Defense. Starting in August 2008, the IU Chinese Flagship Program has been funded as one of only twelve Chinese Flagship Programs in the country.

To learn more about The Language Flagship’s model of language education and how it benefits business and government, please visit