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Russian Flagship Center

The UW-Madison Russian Flagship offers a rigorous, content-based program of study in Russian language and culture that aims to enable highly-motivated undergraduate students of all majors to achieve a Superior level of proficiency in Russian. We welcome applications from undergraduates from all majors and at all levels of proficiency in Russian who seek to achieve professional-level competence in Russian.

Domestic UW-Madison Requirements

Russian Flagship Students are required to complete the equivalent of 1st-4th year Russian language, including Slavic 315 – 316: Russian Language and Culture I & II (or the equivalent), participate in 1-4 hours/week of individualized or small-group tutoring, and take the following Russian Flagship courses:

  • Slavic 433: History of Russian Culture (3 cr.)

  • Slavic 434: Contemporary Russian Culture (3 cr.)

  • An elective area studies courses (3 cr. each) from the approved list OR a course in discipline area, with a 1-cr. Russian language component

  • One of the following courses: 

    • Research seminar (3 cr. total throughout the course of advanced study)*

    • Capstone course in Russian (3 cr.)*

    • Slavic 705: Special Topics in Russian Language/Linguistics (3 cr.)

    *New courses pending approval

Overseas Requirements

  • Minimum 6 weeks study abroad in Russia at the secondary level or above, prior to participation in the academic yearlong overseas Russian Flagship Program

  • Academic year Overseas Russian Flagship Program in Saint Petersburg, Russia

The curriculum is designed to provide students with maximum flexibility in meeting these requirements, with accelerated course options during the academic year and over the summer in both the United States and in Russia.  A Russian Flagship advisor works closely with each student to design an individualized study plan that is tailored to the student’s disciplinary interests.

In addition to meeting core course requirements, Russian Flagship students commit to participating in co- and extra-curricular activities such as the Russian Language floor, weekly Russian language tables, workshops, lectures, films, and social activities.

Financial aid is available for Flagship students on the Russian Overseas Flagship Program, and for intensive summer study in the United States and abroad.

Students can begin the pre-Flagship track at any point, from first-year Russian to a more advanced level. Heritage speakers, that is, students who grew up in Russian-speaking families but have been educated primarily in English, are also encouraged to apply.

Applications for the Flagship program are accepted each year by November 15 and March 15.

Interested current UW-Madison students should contact Professor Karen Evans-Romaine, UW-Madison Russian Flagship Center Director (, 608-262-3499).

Interested non-UW-Madison students should contact Dr. Dianna Murphy, UW-Madison Russian Flagship Center Associate Director (, 608- 262-1473).

For more information on the UW-Madison Russian Flagship Center, see the website>

The UW-Madison Russian Flagship Center is directed by Dr. Karen Evans-Romaine, with Dr. Dianna Murphy (associate director) and Dr. Anna Tumarkin (assistant director). It is a program of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature and the Language Institute, with the Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia, and the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition.  The Language Flagship Program is an initiative of the National Security Education Program in the U.S. Department of Defense.



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Upcoming Events

Brownbag: Language Learning in ConTEXT
12:00 pm, Thursday, March 27
1418 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive

The fourth brownbag discussion in the series Language Learning in ConTEXT. Presentations by David Danaher, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature; and Will Brockliss, Department of Classics. Learn more >

Invited lecture: Content Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education

Michael Byram, University of Durham
4:00 pm, Thursday, April 17
Wisconsin Idea Room: 159 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Hall
Learn more>


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