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The U.S. government designates Russian as one of the languages critical for national security and economic competitiveness. The Russian Language Flagship Program is a national initiative created to answer that urgent need. The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Russian Flagship Program (UNCRFP) is a federally funded initiative that supports motivated undergraduate students of all majors to attain a professional level of proficiency in the Russian language. The Russian Flagship Program at UNC-Chapel Hill is a joint collaboration between the Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literatures and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, and is one of eight Russian Language Flagship programs in the US sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP).

Join this unique community of high-achieving undergraduates across the U.S. and gain an impressive set of professional skills that will give you the competitive edge for future graduate study or career.

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Flagship Community

UNCRFP students participate in a variety of on-and off-campus extra-curricular activities that further develop knowledge of Russian language and culture, and intercultural competence. All of these activities serve to build the foundation for our tight-knit Flagship community.

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To support the immersive domestic and overseas programming and activities that are integral to cultural and linguistic development, UNCRFP students have access to funding directly through the Flagship Program as well as access to other internal and external scholarships. Our advisors work closely with UNCRFP students to identify scholarship aid to ensure that participation in the Russian Flagship Program is affordable.

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The National Language Flagship

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

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Stanislav Shvabrin

Director, UNCRFP

Kat Goodpaster

Assistant Director, UNCRFP

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Natalia Chernysheva

Tutoring Director, UNCRFP


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