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

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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


Turkish Talk: A Brief History of Turkic Peoples

Guest Speaker: Aybike Tezel

Time: 7-8:30 pm

Date: Thursday, September 25th

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138

Conversation Table

Time: Beginners: 1-2 pm Advanced: 2-3 pm

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks


Game Night

Time: 7-10 pm

Date: Thursday, October 2nd

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138

Turkish Talk: Turkey’s Economy

Guest Speaker: Dr. Bulent Guler

Time: 7-9 pm

Date:Tuesday, October 21st

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138

Conversation Table

Time: Beginners: 1-2 pm Advanced: 2-3 pm

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks


Movie Night

Time: 4-6:30 pm

Date: Saturday, November 15th

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138

Conversation Table

Time: Beginners: 1-2 pm Advanced: 2-3 pm

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks


Flagship Cultural Extravaganza

Time: 6-8 pm

Date: Thursday, December 4th

Location: TBD

Conversation Table

Time: Beginners: 1-2 pm Advanced: 2-3 pm

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks

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

IU Events:


Bayram Celebration

Time: 12 pm

Date: Sunday, October 5th

Location: Bryan Park, Bloomington, Indiana

Workshop on the Ottomans and the Safavids

Time: 9 am - 4:30 pm

Date: Friday-Saturday, October 24-25th

Location: Woodburn Hall, Room 200

CEUS Open House

Time: 12-2:30 pm

Date: Thursday, October 30th

Location: Frangipani Room, IMU

Turkey's Republic Day

Time: 7-9 pm

Date: Friday, October 31st

Location: Tudor Room, IMU


Vice-Presidential Forum on Turkey

Time: 4 pm

Date: Tuesday, November 11th

Location: Presidents Hall (in Franklin Hall)


Gulen Movement Conference

Time: 8am - 7pm

Date: Saturday, December 13th

Location: TBD

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.


IU Language Flagship Centers:


About the Program


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Click here to view The Language Flagship program’s video.

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 fund 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. That’s the highest number of Flagship Programs at any university. Go Hoosiers!

Join Us for a Central Eurasian Studies Open House!



Program (Ten 15 minute time slots starting at noon with last one ending at 2:30):


       12:00     Estonian language lesson and magic spells

       12:15     Turkish language lesson

       12:30     Uzbek dance lesson

       12:45     Uyghur Rock Game

       1:00       Kara Zhorga traditional Kazakh dance lesson

       1:15       Learn a Hungarian Song                

       1:30       Yohor a Mongolian traditional dance lesson

       1:45       Hungarian language lesson          

       2:00       Tibetan chanting              

       2:15       Uyghur dance lesson


Table Activities:


       IAUNRC – Hat display

       Persian – Persian Calligraphy

       Persian – Alphabet Games "Spell Out Your Name”

       Uyghur – Calligraphy

       CeLCAR – selfies in Tajiki robe

       Tibetan – Tibetan Altar, make your own prayer flag, and Tibetan Calligraphy

       (possible visit by a Tibetan Monk)

       Mongolian - Anklebone game & old Mongolian script writing


Still have space in your schedule this semester? Register now!


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.


IU President McRobbie’s Trip to Turkey


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IU President Michael A. McRobbie and Gülay Barbarosoğlu, president of Boğaziçi University, sign a Mevlana agreement to foster exchanges between IU and Boğaziçi.

Sept. 29, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie concluded the first official visit by a standing IU president to Turkey since 1955, wrapping up a week of productive meetings with educational, business and government leaders, as well as with members of IU’s two Turkish alumni chapters.


On Saturday, Sept. 27, McRobbie met in Istanbul with the recently elected president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Joining them were two of Erdoğan’s three children who are graduates of IU, daughters Esra and Sümeyye.


Esra Erdoğan and her youngest brother, Bilal, both earned bachelor’s degrees from IU Bloomington’s College of Arts and Sciences, while Sümeyye is a graduate of IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. President Erdoğan, who was sworn in as president last month after more than a decade as prime minister, and his wife, Emine, have both visited IU’s Bloomington campus in the past. Read More.

Turkish Talk: A Brief History of Turkic Peoples


The first Turkish Talk of the Fall 2014 semester took place on Thursday, September 25th, featuring Aybike Seyma Tezel, a dual PhD student in the Central Eurasian Studies and Archeology Departments, who presented the history and movement of Turkish people. Her presentation was given in Turkish and was simultaneously translated into English by Grace Burris, a Turkish Flagship student. Aybike introduced the countries founded by Turkic people and the immigration of Turkic people from Central Asia to Anatolia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. She also discussed how close Turkic languages are to each other and how learning Turkish makes it easier to learn other Turkic languages. A question and answer session was held afterwards where the Turkish Flagship students had an opportunity to practice and improve their Turkish language skills. Participants enjoyed light refreshments provided by the Turkish Flagship Center as well.



A Unique Experience—One Turkish Flagship Student’s Thoughts on Intensive Language Learning by Daniel Metz


Youtube Video: The Language Flagship

Turkish Language Table

Indiana University, home to the widely-recognized Summer Language Workshop (formerly known as SWSEEL), is also home to the only Turkish Flagship Center in the country. The Turkish Flagship Program is one that invests a lot of time and attention to a focused group of students in order to give them intensive training in Turkish language and culture before sending them on a year-long period of overseas study in Turkey’s capital city of Ankara. This co-habitation of language programs sparks the opportunity for students at the Bloomington campus to mingle with one of the most interactive communities in the country for Turkish learning.


The Summer Language Workshop, in collaboration with the local Turkish academic community, was able to offer a diverse agenda of events that allowed students to experience various aspects of Turkish culture. These included activities such as coffee hours, networking sessions where students were able to communicate with native speakers; lectures by foreign academia; and cultural demonstrations of art, film, and cuisine.


To continue reading, please visit the Summer Language Workshop’s alumni newsletter, the Polyglot.