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About the Program

The Turkish Flagship Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students at Indiana University Bloomington to achieve advanced language proficiency in Turkish while pursuing a degree in their chosen field. Our students study abroad, build highly marketable skills that set them apart when looking for jobs right out of college, and have fun while doing it! Interested? We’ll also help you find funding for the entire experience!


The Language Flagship is a rigorous program of study in 12 languages at 23 universities across the United States. IU is home to three programs—Chinese, Swahili and Turkish. Read more.


Turkish Flagship Events:


Welcome Back Picnic and Information Meeting

Time: 12- 2 pm

Date: Saturday, September 3rd

Location: Bryan Park

Turkish Talk: Refugee Crisis and Education policy

Guest Speaker: Ozlem Erden

Time: 7- 8 pm

Date: Thursday, September 15th

Location: Ballantine 206

Language Learning Styles Workshop

Time: 7- 8:30 pm

Date: Thursday, September 22nd

Location: TBD

Turkish Flagship Media Roundtable

Time: 1- 2 pm

Date: Friday, September 23rd

Location: GISB 1106

Conversation Table

Wednesdays, 6-7 pm, IMU Starbucks

Fridays, 2-3 pm, GISB 3106


Turkish Flagship Retreat

Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 1st – 2nd

Location: Bradford Woods

Turkish Talk: Nasreddin Hoca

Guest Speaker: Prof. Göker Aydın

Time: 7- 8:30 pm

Date: Tuesday, October 11th 

Location: Ballantine 206

Turkish Flagship Media Roundtable

Time: 1- 2 pm

Date: Friday, October 21st

Location: GISB 1106

Public Lecture: Israel-Azerbaijan relations

Guest Speaker: Gallia Lindenstrauss

Time: 7 pm

Date: Monday, October 24th

Location: GS 0001, GISB Auditorium

Student Scholarships Workshop

Time: 7- 8:30 pm

Date: Thursday, October 27th

Location:GISB 1106

Conversation Table

Wednesdays, 6-7 pm, IMU Starbucks

Fridays, 2-3 pm, GISB 3106


Turkish Talk

Time: 7- 8:30 pm

Date: Thursday, November 3rd

Location: Ballantine 206


Turkish Flagship Media Roundtable

Time: 1-2:30 pm

Date: Friday, November 11th

Location: GISB 1106

Conversation Table

Wednesdays, 6-7 pm, IMU Starbucks

Fridays, 2-3 pm, GISB 3106


Turkish Flagship Media Roundtable

Time: 1- 2:30 pm

Date: Friday, December 2nd

Location: GISB 1106

Turkish Talk – Coffee Ground Reading

Time: 11 am- 12:30 pm

Date: Saturday, December 10th
Location: Anatolia Restaurant

Conversation Table

Wednesdays, 6-7 pm, IMU Starbucks

Fridays, 2-3 pm, GISB 3106


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

Fall 2016 Recruitment Events:


Flagship Welcome Week Open House

Time: 12- 2 pm

Date: Friday, August 19th

Location: GISB Atrium / Lounge

Student Involvement Fair

Time: 2- 6 pm

Date: Monday, August 29th

Location: Dunn Meadow



Ivy Tech Diversity Day

Time: 4- 7 pm

Date: Thursday, September 1st

Location: Ivy Tech Community College, Courtyard

Turkish Culture Night @ Collins

Time: 6:30- 8:30 pm

Date: Thursday, September 8th

Location: Collins LLC Coffee House

Turkish Flagship Table

Time: 10:30 am- 12:30 pm

Date: Monday, September 12th

Location: GISB Atrium

Turkish Culture Night @ Hutton

Time: 6- 8 pm

Date: Tuesday, September 20th

Location: Hutton Hon. College Great Room


Turkish Culture Night @ Global Village

Time: 7- 9 pm

Date: Tuesday, October 4th

Location: Global Village LLC

Alumni Spotlight: Victoria Rust

A former Flagship student, Victoria is currently living abroad in Turkey and putting her language skills to use as she pursues her Master’s degree at Mersin University. Read more.

Adventures in Ankara

See what Turkish Flagship student, Haily Merritt, is experiencing last summer in Turkey with CLS.



Student Spotlight: Caroline Stokes

A rising senior from Gaithersburg, Maryland, Caroline Stokes is currently pursuing a dual-major in Central Eurasian Studies and International Studies. Read more.

What is it like to be a Turkish Flagship student? See what they have to say:

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Summer Language Workshop

IU Language Flagship Centers:


Partnership with ROTC:

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


Turkish Flagship Recruitment Scholarships


In the 2017-2018 academic year, Turkish Flagship will offer a $9000 merit-based scholarship to two incoming freshman or transfer students joining Turkish Flagship. The award will be distributed in increments of $3,000 over three years. For more information, please contact


Our Center also will award two $3000 scholarships to Flagship students wishing to pursue introductory Turkish at IU’s Summer Language Workshop. Regardless of state residency, this covers the cost of tuition for the 8-credit course.


Additional information about IU scholarships, study abroad funding, and language learning scholarships can be found on our website here. Prospective IU students, don’t forget, the university has a November 1st priority deadline for most major academic-year scholarships.

Turkish-Israeli Relations: Back From The Brink?


Neden Nasreddin Hoca Komiktir? / Why is Nasreddin Hodja Funny?


Join Us for First Turkish Talk of the Fall Semester


Summer 2016 Highlights: Flagship at the Summer Language Workshop


In July, the Turkish Flagship collaborated with IU’s renowned Summer Language Workshop to offer several Turkish cultural activities. Workshop students celebrated the end of Ramazan with Turkish tea and traditional sweets prepared by their Turkish instructors. During a Turkish folk-dancing session, Flagship instructors taught the Damat Halayı or Groom’s Dance; the Kurdish Şemmame, a hugely popular wedding dance; and the Roma Çiçekçi Kız or Flower Girl dance. Students enjoyed learning and playing tavla (Turkish backgammon) and creating works of ebru or Turkish water marbling. These traditions have been important in Turkey since the early Ottoman period. Turkish Flagship staff were excited to support the Summer Language Workshop students in their pursuit of new activities—and to present them in a partial immersion setting!


Summer 2016 Highlights: Turkish is Global


For the second year in a row, the Turkish Flagship presented Turkish language and culture sessions at Business is Global, a summer program for top high schoolers organized by Indiana University’s Institute for International Business. The program opened with Culture Night, where the program’s 37 participants enjoyed their first taste of the food and traditions of Turkey, China, and East Africa. At this event, Balkan musician and instructor Svetla Vladeva introduced the group to Ottoman, Turkish, and shared regional musical traditions and led everyone in circle dancing. Turkish Flagship staff also offered evil eye bracelet-making and served traditional Turkish tea.

During the second week of their program, Flagship instructors introduced Business is Global participants to basic Turkish language with themed lessons in “Turkish business culture” and “popular music.” By the end of the third lesson, participants were reading, singing, and presenting in Turkish. They also got creative during a Turkish water marbling session, learned three Turkish folk dances, and played Turkish backgammon, a fun and relaxing activity that preceded the final component of their two-week program: international business plan presentations. More information on the Business is Global program can be found here.


Culture Night



Language Class




Turkish Flagship Students Awarded the Boren Scholarship


The Turkish Flagship Center is thrilled to announce that seniors Casey Vaughn and Neeli Southwick have earned the Boren Scholarship to support their Flagship Capstone study next year. Casey and Neeli put exceptional effort into applying for study abroad scholarships this year, and receiving the Boren is a huge recognition of the time and energy they put into their applications—as well as their many achievements throughout their undergraduate careers. Both Casey and Neeli are interested in utilizing their Turkish language skills with a career in the Federal government. This year, the Institute for International Education received 820 undergraduate student applications for the scholarship, which supports study in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Of the 165 awardees nationwide, Neeli and Casey are the only two IU Bloomington students who were granted the scholarship. For more information about their achievement, please see the following press releases by Overseas Study and the School of Global and International Studies.

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