Russian Flagship Program

The UCLA Russian Flagship 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 Kathryn Paul at

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

Flagship Course Credit for Russian Majors and Minors

1. All courses in the Kazakhstan Flagship program (see below) count for the Russian majors and minors.

  • Majors: Russian Language and Literature, Russian Studies
  • Minors: Russian language, Russian studies, Russian literature

2. As a substitute for the senior thesis course at UCLA, students can take Russian 113A-B-C + submit their written report (5 pages written in Russian) based on their year-end (internship) presentation

  • Internship presentations (at the end of the academic year) are around 10 minutes, followed by a Q&A session. The students also submit a 5 page written report about their internship.
  • At the end of fall semester, students make two formal presentations: one about their direct enrollment course and one about a particular topic covered in their direct enrollment course (this is connected to a course they take with a Flagship instructor on Fridays on research presentation methods). Presentation format is the same as the internship one. They also have to submit written texts together with these presentations. All written texts are in Russian.


RUSSN 110. Russian Flagship Program Abroad: Intensive Advanced Russian. (12) Lecture, 19 hours. Enforced requisites: courses 101A, 101B, 101C or equivalent coursework as determined by department. Taught in Russian. Designed for students with high proficiency in Russian. Intensive advanced seven-week course in Russian language covering reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar. Lectures on Russian history also included. Opportunity to interact with Russian speakers outside of class and serve as volunteers. Part of Russian Flagship Program Abroad. May not be repeated for credit. Offered in summer only. Letter grading.


RUSSN 111A-111B-111C. Russian Flagship Program Abroad: Superior Russian. (5-5-5) Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 110 or equivalent coursework as determined by department. Course 111A is enforced requisite to 111B, which is enforced requisite to 111C. Taught in Russian. Designed for students with advanced proficiency. Development of skills in Russian phonetics, conversation, and grammar. Acquisition of advanced syntactical structures and expansion of lexical repertoire. Emphasis on formal interpersonal and presentational modes. Letter grading.

RUSSN 112A-112B-112C. Russian Flagship Program Abroad: Russian Literature and Culture. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 110 or equivalent coursework as determined by department. Course 112A is enforced requisite to 112B, which is enforced requisite to 112C. Taught in Russian. Critical reading, analysis, and discussion of Russian literature, with exposure to Russian cultural and intellectual norms. Readings and essays, with emphasis on formal and academic writing. Letter grading.

RUSSN 113A-113B-113C. Russian Flagship Program Abroad: Professional and Academic Russian and Experiential Learning. (5-5-5)
Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 110 or equivalent coursework as determined by department. Course 113A is enforced requisite to 113B, which is enforced requisite to 113C. Taught in Russian. Use of discourse practices (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) to participate effectively in discussions of professional topics and situations outside of course. Opportunity to communicate in Russian in authentic contexts by participating in courses with local students, providing service to community, or interning in one business. Letter grading.

Flagship Course Policy


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Photos courtesy of Kathryn Olivia Mock. St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. Fall 2017.