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Arabic Language Flagship Program
The University of Mississippi

The Language Flagship

The Language Flagship is a federal source of funding for the UM Arabic Language Flagship. Flagship funds programs in numerous strategic languages throughout the country. UM is proud to be among the few Arabic Flagship programs in the United States.

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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.

The Language Flagship began as a small pilot project to challenge a few U.S. universities to build programs of advanced language education. The first Flagship grants were awarded in 2002, and the challenge was great: create advanced programs of language study and graduate students with professional proficiency. The languages chosen were Korean, Arabic, Russian, and Chinese.

Now, through a network of 31 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 seven 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.

Disclaimer: 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.