The Next Generation of Global Professionals

The Language Flagship is a national initiative to change the way Americans learn languages through a groundbreaking approach to language education for students from kindergarten through college.

Through a network of 25 Flagship Programs at 21 institutions of higher education across the U.S., The Language Flagship graduates students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of proficiency in one of ten languages critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.

Students come from all regions of the nation and pursue a variety of academic and professional interests in addition to language study. Flagship Certified Professionals are highly motivated graduates who possess:

  • Professional-level language proficiency in their Flagship language of choice;
  • Advanced cultural skills and experience living and working abroad; and
  • Intercultural insights for careers in federal government, global business, nongovernmental organizations, and other fields.

Learn more about how to become a global professional through one of our many Flagship programs.

The Language Flagship also supports several K–12 investments across the nation; learn more about how to get involved today.


The Language Flagship sponsored an effort to provide an overview of the national picture of K-12 foreign language enrollments and identify where students are receiving instruction in world languages. Students with prior experience in learning foreign languages develop good strategies for further language acquisition, and in particular those graduating high school with intermediate to advanced proficiency in a strategic language can more efficiently reach the professional levels that are the goal of the Flagship program for undergraduates.  The complete report can be found here.


Portuguese Flagship Program at the University of Georgia

Chinese Flagship Program at the University of Rhode Island

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