Language Programs

Russian Flagship Program

The UCLA Russian Flagship program is designed to enable students to achieve professional-level competence in Russian at the undergraduate level. It is open to students in any major. Students in the Flagship program take courses in Russian language and area studies, with individualized study plans to complement their majors. They receive extra tutoring in Russian by native speakers. Scholarships are available to Flagship students for Russian language study, both in Russia and at UCLA.

Graduates of the Flagship program are prepared to take a leading role in the global market, and are highly competitive for scholarships, graduate school and jobs. Students who complete the Russian Flagship track are highly sought after by non-government and government organizations, as well as international corporations and professional firms.

For information on courses and how to apply to the program. If you have questions about the program, please contact Olga Kagan, Director of the UCLA Russian Flagship Center.

The UCLA Russian Flagship Center is funded by The Language Flagship.

Russian High School Program

UCLA offers a summer Russian class for high school students who are exposed to Russian at home and want to learn to read and write or to develop their speaking, listening, and literacy skills. We accept all levels of heritage language students in our program.


  • Improve your knowledge of your home language and learn to value your bilingual heritage
  • Use classroom immersion in the heritage language to build comprehensive language skills.
  • Build connections between students and family members through the oral histories project, in which students conduct interviews with family and community members.
  • Foster an appreciation for various genres of texts, including fiction, poetry, current events, and contemporary and traditional film and arts.
  • Cultivate a love and appreciation for world cultures as well as the many diaspora cultures in Los Angeles.
  • Encourage a lifelong connection to the ideas, history and cultures of other languages.
  • Foster an appreciation for world cultural traditions, holidays, dance, food, music and art.
  • Nurture friendships by building strong classroom bonds.
  • Encourage parent and community involvement through community events and social gatherings, including a program-wide film festival and exhibition.
  • Use technology for language learning to stimulate active and exciting learning.
  • Use authentic materials to simulate real-life language experience.

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