Arabic Flagship Program
Arabic Flagship Program

History of the AFP and its Partners


The Language Flagship

The Language Flagship began in late 2000 as a governmental pilot project to challenge a small number of U.S. universities to establish programs of advanced language education.

Since then, Flagship grants have been awarded to pioneering institutions, including The University of Texas at Austin, to implement a new paradigm for language education that creates advanced programs of language study, and graduate students with professional proficiency. Presently, the AFP at the University of Texas at Austin is proud to announce that they have been refunded for the current grant cycle, 2016 - 2018.

The Language Flagship is a national effort to change the way Americans learn languages. Flagship offers language programs at schools across the United States for undergraduate students in critical languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Designed as a network of programs, The Language Flagship seeks to graduate students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of proficiency in one of many languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.

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.


Additional Partners

Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, established in 1960, is one of the largest and most respected National Resource Centers designated by the United States Department of Education under the Title VI Strategic Area Studies program.

The Department of Middle Eastern Studies houses faculty specializing in Middle Eastern cultures and languages and offers specialized academic programs in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish and Islamic studies.


Arab American Language Institute in Morocco (Meknes, Morocco)

The AFP collaborates with the Arab American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM) for our summer study abroad program and for the Capstone Year. The program is administered in conjunction with the American Councils for International Education.


American Councils for International Education

The American Councils for International Education is an international not-for-profit organization that believes in the fundamental role of education in fostering positive change for individuals, institutions and societies. The American Councils advances education and research worldwide through international programs that provide the global perspective essential for academic and professional excellence.


Arabic Flagship Programs at Other Universities

University of Maryland

University of Oklahoma

University of Arizona

Indiana University

University of Mississippi

Brigham Young University


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The Language Flagship is the leading resource for students searching for language programs leading to professional-level foreign language ability. Programs are available in ten languages at the undergraduate level at 22 institutes of higher education across the United States.


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