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About the Program


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The Turkish Flagship is an undergraduate program at Indiana University in Bloomington designed for students who wish to achieve advanced professional proficiency in Turkish while pursuing a degree in their chosen field. The Flagship is a rigorous program of study in Turkish language to enable highly-motivated students to become global professionals.



Islam, Islamism, and Modernity in Turkey


Taught by Professor Kemal Silay

CEUS–R 389/CEUS–R 589

3 Credits; MW, 6:00-8:15 pm, Ballantine Hall 144

Fall Semester 2014 (Second Eight Weeks)



This course will explore the complex relationship between Islam and politics, and Islamism’s predicament with modernity and democracy. Although the course will concentrate on modern Turkey and its Ottoman past, we will adopt a comparative approach as we also examine developments throughout the Muslim Middle East and other parts of the world affected by the phenomena of political Islam and jihadist discourses and activities.  Read more.


Turkish Flagship Alumna Participates in 28th Annual National Linguistics Conference


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Pictured are (from left to right): Prof. Dr. Selçuk İşsever (Ankara University), Prof. Dr. Mustafa Aksan (Mersin University), Prof. Dr. Yeşim Aksan (Mersin University), Victoria Rust (Indiana University), Prof. Dr. Nadir Engin Uzun (Ankara University), Instr. Cemil Kurt (Ankara University).

One of our recently returned Capstone students, Victoria Rust, had the opportunity to participate in Turkey’s National Linguistics Conference towards the end of her program. While there, Victoria “was able to use [her] Turkish to discuss with presenters and fellow attendees a wide array of topics ranging from endangered Turkic languages, to linguistic analysis of slogans used at the Gezi Park demonstrations in Istanbul.” Victoria will be attending a master’s program in Linguistics starting this Fall at Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey. We’re so proud of Victoria. Check out more of her story over at the American Councils website.

Turkish Flagship Student's Online Portfolio


In the Spring semester of 2014, Turkish Flagship student Grace Burris took an independent study course entitled “Turkish for a Specific Purpose” with academic specialist Umida Khikmatillaeva. One of the primary components of the course involved the creation of a language portfolio outlining the various language learning strategies and materials Grace used to develop her Turkish throughout the semester. Grace’s completed portfolio includes a presentation on important Turkish politicians, a comparison of Turkish and American politics, a timeline of current Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s life, an instructional video on how to make brownies, and much more! Click the photo below to view Grace's online portfolio.


















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Are you motivated to add professional fluency in a critical language to your resume? Interested in studying abroad in Turkey? Current IU undergraduates can apply to join the Turkish Flagship.

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Student Spotlight: Madina Alimova

Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Madina Alimova is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. See more.

Turkish Flagship Events:


Student Welcome Meeting

Time: 2-4 pm

Date: Friday, August 29th

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138

Flagship Open House

Time: 5-8 pm

Date: Friday, September 12th

Location: Willkie Auditorium



Please visit the event calendar page for more information about the events.

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Partnership with ROTC:

We have scholarships available for IU Army and Air Force ROTC Cadets! Contact us to find out more!


Air Force ROTC Scholarship
The Air Force recently began awarding 3-4 year scholarships to Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) cadets to help meet the current and emerging strategic language and cultural competency needs of the Department of Defense and United States Air Force. The Air Force Foreign Language Flagship Scholarship Program is designed to help students pursuing an Air Force commission complete an advanced language and cultural study program at home and abroad with one of IU’s three Language Flagship Programs in Chinese, Swahili, or Turkish. For additional benefits of IU AFROTC membership, keep reading.

Call for Papers: China in the Middle East

Indiana University’s Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Chair invites interested scholars and advanced graduate students to submit proposals for the conference below. The event will take place at the Indiana University China Office, Beijing, March 17-18, 2015. See more.

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