The Russian Flagship Program at Portland State University is an innovative undergraduate Russian language program. It permits students majoring in any discipline to achieve professional levels of proficiency in Russian by integrating their study of the language into the university’s general education program. Funded by The Language Flagship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, PSU’s Russian Flagship Program (RFP) prepares students for exciting careers using foreign language skills in a globalized world.
RFP has an Introductory Track for students with little or no prior experience in Russian and an Advanced Track for students who already read, write, and speak Russian well enough to participate in general discussions of academic topics. Students of both tracks take Russian language classes related to their general education program and to their major along with content classes conducted in Russian. RFP students spend one year at the Russian Overseas Flagship Center, where they combine coursework with an internship. The program culminates with a Senior Capstone conducted in Russian.