About The Language Flagship

The 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 Russian Language Flagship Bryn Mawr College

The Russian Language Flagship at Bryn Mawr College was created under the auspices of the National Security Education Program (NSEP)/National Flagship Language Program (NFLP) to address the critical need for U.S. professionals to use Russian at the highest levels of functional proficiency. The ultimate goal of the program is for all students to reach the "superior level" (ILR level 3) of proficiency in Russian according to ACTFL proficiency guidelines.

The program is open to all undergraduates of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges committed to attaining professional level language proficiency through an intensive language and culture training program tailored to their professional interests and academic specialization.

The Language Flagship brings with it the possibility of financial support for intensive domestic (summer) and overseas study.  Program graduates are highly sought after by non-government and government organizations, as well as international corporations and professional firms.

Information on our Flagship courses and how to apply to the program can be found below. If you have questions about Bryn Mawr's Flagship program, please contact Tim Harte, Co-Director of The Language Flagship at Bryn Mawr, tharte@brynmawr.edu. More information on the Russian Flagship programs can be found at: http://flagship.americancouncils.org/russian/?q=content/overview.

The Language Flagship Track

Undergraduates who are currently enrolled at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges and join The Language Flagship track are not required to major in Russian, although many choose to major or to double major in Russian and another content area (math, science, history, literature, etc.). 

Those who have had previous Russian language training in high school or who have a heritage language background in Russian can enter the Flagship track at their current proficiency level, in accordance with the results of a proficiency exam (AP Russian exam or proficiency exam at Bryn Mawr College).

Example of an Academic Plan

The following information represents an curriculum plan for those who have had no previous Russian language training prior to entering Flagship at Bryn Mawr College. 

Level One Courses:
Russian 001 and 002*:  Beginning Intensive Russian (Novice to Intermediate Low)

Level Two Courses:
Russian 101 and 102*:  Intermediate Intensive Russian (Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid)

Level Three Courses:
Russian 201 and 202*:  Advanced Russian: a Content-Based Approach (Intermediate Mid to Intermediate High)
Russian 235:  The Social Dynamics of Russian
Russian 380: Seminar in Russian Culture

Level Three Plus Courses (Optional Summer):
Russian 350 and 351:  Contemporary Russian Language and Media through Summer Overseas Flagship in Russia in cooperation with American Councils

Level Four Courses:
Russian 350 and 351; Russian 375: Speech Practicum I and 376: Speech Practicum II; and additional content courses during semester or Junior Year Abroad in Russia in cooperation with American Councils (Intermediate High to Advanced Mid/High)

Domestic Flagship Capstone Course:
Russian 390 and 391:  Russian for Pre-Professionals (Advanced Mid/High to Superior Low)

Overseas Flagship Capstone Course:
Russian Overseas Flagship in Almaty, Kazakhstan
Internship 8-10 hours per week

*Offered during academic year and at the Russian Language Institute

Current Funding Opportunities

Boren Scholarship for International Study
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

George Kline Fellowship
The Department of Russian is awarding funds in the form of George L. Kline Fellowships to students wishing to study in RussiaThese fellowships were established by a Bryn Mawr alumna, Irene Darden Field, in honor of Professor Emeritus George L. Kline, who taught for many years in the Philosophy and Russian Departments at Bryn Mawr.  These fellowships are intended to support current and graduating students from Bryn Mawr and Haverford who want to pursue language study, specialized coursework, or independent research in Russia or a Russian-speaking country and need financial assistance in order to accomplish their goals.

Russian Flagship Scholarship Form
A source of supplemental funding for students who are studying at RLI, RLASP Summer with American Councils, or Russian Overseas Flagship (Overseas Flagship Capstone Course).  Applicants must be in the Bryn Mawr Flagship program and registered in the Flagship database.


To Apply to the Bryn Mawr Russian Flagship Program, Click the Link Below:

The Language Flagship Academic Plan application for current students


Core Faculty and Staff of the Russian Language Flagship at Bryn Mawr College

Professor Dan E. Davidson
Professor of Russian and SLA, Bryn Mawr College
Director of the Eurasian Flagship

Professor Tim Harte

Chair, Department of Russian, Bryn Mawr College
Co-Director, Bryn Mawr Russian Flagship

Dr. Irina Walsh
Lecturer, Department of Russian, Bryn Mawr College
Co-Director, Bryn Mawr Russian Flagship

Ms. Billie Jo Ember

Coordinator, Bryn Mawr Russian Flagship

Dr. Marina Rojavin

Lecturer, Bryn Mawr Russian Flagship


The Language Flagship is a public/private partnership sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) of the Department of Defense and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The contents of this website do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Government or IIE and no official Government or IIE endorsement should be inferred.