FAQ - Domestic

FAQ : 

How long is a typical Domestic Program?

The Russian Flagship program involves four-to-five years of intensive study of Russian which includes one year in Almaty, Kazakhstan. However, your entering level will depend on your Russian test results and you may be able to complete the Flagship program in a shorter period of time. Your entering level will be determined by the Flagship director at your university based on your Russian test results.

How can I find out my current level of Russian?

You can self-test your current Russian skills using the following links: http://govtilr.org/ and http://www-01.sil.org/lingualinks/LANGUAGELEARNING/OtherResources/ACTFLP...

As an undergraduate, do I need to be enrolled in a Flagship affiliated institution in order to participate in the Russian Flagship Program?

Yes, Domestic Programs are currently offered only at four colleges and universities (UCLA, Bryn Mawr, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Portland State University) and Flagship courses are taught by professors employed by these universities. You must enroll at the university or college of your choice from this list to participate in the Russian Domestic Program. At the same time, you may be required to register differently than regular students. Please contact the Flagship school of your choice directly to check registration requirements.

When is the application deadline and how can I apply?

Deadlines vary across institutions. To find out the application deadline for the domestic institution of your choice, please contact the school directly.

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

No. However, if you are not a U.S. citizen, you may not be eligible to apply for government financial aid.

Do I have to be proficient in Russian to enter a Domestic Program?

No. Domestic programs accept students who have never studied Russian as well as those who have some Russian language skills.

Who selects students for the Domestic Programs?

The Flagship schools review the applications, interview students, and make acceptance decisions.

Do I have to major in Russian to participate in a Domestic Program?

No. The Russian Flagship Domestic Programs accept students of all majors.

Does each Domestic Program include a study abroad component?

Yes. To become Flagship certified, students must spend one year on the Overseas Capstone program in Almaty, Kazakhstan after reaching the required proficiency in Russian (Advanced on ACTFL scale or Level 2 or 2+ on ILR scale). There are several summer study options offered through American Councils, such as the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) and Critical Language Scholarship (CLS).

Is the Russian Domestic Program right for me?

If you are an undergraduate student (or will become one in the fall) with or without a background in Russian but with an interest in the language and region, you should consider applying for one of the Domestic Programs. Each program is designed to incorporate students’ majors, allowing students to take some of their core content classes in Russian.