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Language Flagships

Language Flagships are a national initiative to change the way Americans learn languages through a groundbreaking approach to language education for students from kindergarten through college.

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 ten 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
  • Intercultural insights for careers in federal government, global business, nongovernmental organizations, and other fields

Learn more about how to become a global professional at one of the two Flagship Programs at UT-Austin: the Arabic Flagship and the Portuguese Flagship.

Arabic Flagship

Watch this video for an introduction to the Arabic Flagship:

And this video for student testimonials:

For more information, visit the Arabic Flagship web site

Portuguese Flagship 

Watch this video for an introduction to the Portuguese Flagship:


For more information, visit the Portuguese Flagship web site.