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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:


Turkish Talk: Sosyal Protestolar Sırasında Kullanıcı Davranışlarının Değişimi

Guest Speaker: Onur Varol

Time: 7:30 pm

Date: Wednesday, January 21st

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138

Movie Matinee

Time: TBD

Date: Saturday, January 31st

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138

Conversation Table

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

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks


Flagship Gala

Time: 4 -8 pm

Date: Friday, February 6th

Location: Neal Marshall Grand Hall

Flagship Poetry Night

Time: 1 -3:30 pm

Date: Saturday, February 14th

Location: Union Street Center

Turkish Talk: Polluting Electronics

Guest Speaker: Özlem Sadık

Time:7:30 pm

Date: Tuesday, February 17th

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138

Game Day

Time: 12 -5 pm

Date: Saturday, February 28th

Location: Union Street Center C102

Conversation Table

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

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks


Turkish Talk: Turks in Germany

Guest Speaker: Nurettin Uçar

Time: 7 pm

Date: Monday, March 23th

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138

Conversation Table

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

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks


End of Year Picnic

Time: TBD

Date: Saturday, April 18th

Location: Bryan Park

Turkish Talk: Turkish Folklore

Guest Speaker: Dr. Metin Eren

Time: 7:30 pm

Date: Saturday, April 21st

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138

Conversation Table

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

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks


Turkish Breakfeast

Time: TBD

Date: Thursday, May 2nd

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 Fall 2014 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: 9am - 5pm

Date: Saturday, December 13th

Location: IMU State Room East

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.


IU Language Flagship Centers:


About the Program


Youtube Video: The Language Flagship

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

Turkish Talk Series


The Turkish Language Flagship Center invites you to attend a Turkish language presentation and discussion featuring Onur Varol a PhD student in the School of Informatics and Computing at IU.


"Sosyal Protestolar Sırasında Kullanıcı Davranışlarının Değişimi"

"Evolution of Online User Behavior During a Social Upheaval"


7:30 pm, Wednesday, January 21st

Eigenmann 1138

Read the paper: Evolution of Online User Behavior During a Social Upheaval


IU Turkish Language Flagship Center
Phone: 812-856-2233


All students of Turkish and native speakers are welcome to attend! Flagship Students are reminded that they are required to attend at least one Turkish Talk every semester.


Prof. Dr. Kemal Silay Visits Beijing, China


Our Director, Prof. Dr. Kemal Silay visited Beijing, China (December 17th-December 25th, 2014) where he conducted pre-conference (“China in the Middle East”) site visits to the IU China Office and Peking University. In addition to holding many meetings, Prof. Dr. Kemal Silay also delivered two lectures to very enthusiastic audiences: 1) “The Significance of Turkey and Its Imperial Past: Turkish Studies in the United States,” and 2) “Republic of Turkey Under Siege: Terror, Radical Islam, and Organized Crime.”



Photos from the Gülen Movement Conference


Indiana University, Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Chair presented a conference on “Hizmet: Toward an Understanding of the Gülen Movement”. The conference was held in the IMU, State Room East on Saturday, December 13th, 2014, which was a great succes with over 100 attendees. Below are some photos from the conference. For more details, click here.



The Language Flagship Culture Night at Eigenmann Hall


On November 17th, the Chinese, Swahili and Turkish Language Flagship Centers organized a recruitment event at Eigenmann Hall in conjunction with the Eigenmann Student Government. The event began with an overview of The Language Flagship Program by Amy Richardson, the secretary of the Turkish, Chinese, and Swahili Flagship Centers. Next, representatives of each Center provided more details on unique aspects of each program. A study abroad panel was then held, with Flagship students sharing their own experiences living and studying overseas. After the panel, the Flagship Centers’ staff and students answered participant questions. We ended the evening with a Flagship themed photo booth. Throughout the event, participants enjoyed delicious food from Turkey, China and East Africa.




We also organized the two other culture nights at the Collins Living-Learning Center and Global Village Living-Learning Center.

Turkish Movie Night

Lights – Camera- Action!


It is time for


Dedemin İnsanları

A 2011 Turkish drama film directed by Çağan Irmak


December 6th

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The Turkish Flagship Center invites Flagship students, CEUS students, students studying all languages at IUB, and members of the Turkish community, to join us for this fun evening of entertainment. Pizza will be provided!