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Russian Language Flagship

An intensive language and culture training program.

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.

Bryn Mawr's program is one of only eight Russian Language Flagship programs in the United States. It is the only Russian Flagship program located at a women's college.

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.

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Erin Ramsey '23 to Study in Kazakhstan

Russian - Flagship - Boren Scholar
This Russian major & chemistry minor will have the opportunity to build upon her Russian fluency as a Boren Scholar.

Why Flagship?

Real World Opportunities

Program graduates are highly sought after by non-government and government organizations, as well as international corporations and professional firms. 

Supplemental Financial Support

The possibility of financial support for intensive summer domestic and overseas study. Check out funding opportunities for students.

Open to Tri-Co undergraduates (U.S. citizens)

The program is open to undergraduates of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges (Tri-Co) who are U.S. citizens and committed to attaining professional level language proficiency through an intensive language and culture training program tailored to their professional interests and academic specialization.

Calling all Undergraduates!

You are not required to be a Russian major to join the Language Flagship track!

However, many students choose to major or to double major in Russian and another content area (math, science, history, literature, etc.). 


The Language 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.


If you have questions about Bryn Mawr's Flagship program, please contact Billie Jo Ember, Assistant Director of the Bryn Mawr Russian Domestic Flagship,

To dive deeper, visit the national Russian Language Flagship website.


Contact Us

Department of Russian

Russian Center
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010-2899
Phone: 610-526-5187