The University of Georgia is proud to have been selected 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).

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August 16, 18, and 23, 2022

Recruitment visits with Air Force and Army ROTC orientation labs.

September 1, 2022

Information session on the ROF Capstone for Flagship students.

August 17, 2022

Welcome Back social for the UGA Russian Flagship Living Learning Community.

August 26, 2022

Tour of GA Museum and Fall 2022 Welcome Back Social welcoming new and returning Flagship students, faculty, and tutors back for another exciting year.

September 7, 2022

Program students bake Cyrillic alphabet cookies with Student Ambassador Jessica Sobieski at the UGA Russian Flagship Living Learning Community.

September 8, 2022

Scholarships & Funding workshop with CLS and Boren campus representatives.

September 13, 2022

National Virtual Open House, collaboratively hosted by the eight Russian Flagship Programs in the nation.

September 18, 2022

Screening of the first episode of a Russian sitcom about the life of an American journalist in Moscow - Как я стал русским (How I became Russian), hosted by the UGA Russian Flagship Living Learning Community.

September 20, 2022

Presentation and discussion on the Ukrainian refugee response in Poland by visiting scholar Dr. Michał Głuszkowski.

October 5, 2022

Cultural presentation by Fulbright FLTA from Russia, Ekaterina Mushurueva, on Russian food traditions.

October 6, 2022

Cooking demonstration with Dr. Shapiro: Беляши, Салат «Оливье», and Крабовый Cалат; hosted by the UGA Russian Flagship Living Learning Community.

Coming soon:

Cultural presentations by Fulbright FLTAs from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan; Career Day; movie screening.


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 



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.


August 16, 2020

The UGA Russian Flagship Program launches the Russian Flagship Program Living-Learning Community.

January 13, 2021

The UGA Russian Flagship Program launches its Kazakh Tutorial course.

Spring 2021

The UGA Russian Flagship Program launches its Student Ambassador Program.

Summer 2021

The UGA Russian Flagship Program launches its new summer program, Intensive Russian for Future Global Professionals.

January 10, 2022

Spring 2022 UGA classes begin.

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.