Languages & Programs

Flagship languages are important for U.S. national security and economic competitiveness. The perception that these languages are too complex and difficult to learn for most English-speakers has resulted in too few speakers of these languages. Flagship programs are intended to change that perception. Although these languages can be more challenging and take longer to learn, they are not harder. The Language Flagship has proven that Flagship languages can be learned by English-speakers to the professional level within four to five years.

How do I choose a Flagship language to study?

Which countries or cultures fascinate you? One way to choose your Flagship language is to think about the foreign places and people you find interesting. See below for a list of Flagship languages.

Arabic

Chinese

Hindi Urdu

Korean

Persian

Portuguese

Russian

Turkish