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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 Program.

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

Conversation Table

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

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks


Flagship Gala

Time: 4 -6 pm

Date: Tuesday, February 10th

Location:IMU Alumni 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

Movie Matinee

Time: 2 pm

Date: Saturday, February 28th

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138

Conversation Table

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

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks


Turkish Talk: Turkish Death Ceremonies and Traditions

Guest Speaker: Dr. Metin Eren

Time: 7:30 pm

Date: Wednesday, March 25th

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138

Conversation Table

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

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks


Game Day

Time: 12-5 pm

Date: Saturday, April 4th

Location: Union Street Center C102

End of Year Picnic

Time: TBD

Date: Saturday, April 18th

Location: TBD

Turkish Talk: Turkish Diaspora in Germany

Guest Speaker: Nurettin Ucar

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 Spring 2015 Events:


Turkish Movie: Winter Sleep

Time: 7:30 pm

Date: Thursday-Friday , October 5-6th

Location: IU Cinema


Turkish Music: Love, Lost and Found

Time: 12 pm

Date: Friday, February 20th

Location: Morrison Hall 006


Navruz Celebration

Time: 6 pm

Date: Thursday, March 26th

Location: Willkie Auditorium


James Dirgin ILR Workshop

Time: 9am - 5pm

Date: Friday-Saturday, April 10-11th

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.


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!

2015 Navruz Celebration


2015 Navruz Celebration
Join the Navruz Association in celebration of the arrival of spring!


Thursday, March 26, Willkie Auditorium
Doors open at 6

Performances start at 6:30


Navruz is a celebration of the new year, observed throughout Central Eurasia. The 2015 Navruz Celebration will feature dancing, poetry, and musical performances from across the region. Food from Anatolia and Turkuaz will also be provided.Students of


The event is free and open to the public.


This even was funded by the IU Student Association and the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center


Turkish Talk: Death Traditions in Anatolian Turkish Folklore


The Turkish Language Flagship Center invites you to attend
a Turkish language presentation and discussion featuring


Dr. Metin Eren
Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversitesi
Edebiyat Fakültesi

“Death Traditions in Anatolian Turkish Folklore”


7:30 pm, Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Eigenmann 1138


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

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


Dr. Metin Eren, a visiting scholar from Yüzüncü Yıl University, will give a talk on death traditions in Anatolian Turkish folklore on Wednesday, March 25. Dr. Eren will move to a corner of the world of folklore and ethnomusicology to introduce the Turkish Flagship students to Anatolian Turkish death traditions.


While the topic of his talk may sound morbid, death and the ceremonies surrounding death are an important part of a culture’s folkloric tradition and some of the traditions are much different than death traditions in America. For example, in some parts of Turkey, during the mourning period, women aren’t allowed to wear jewelry or anything colorful, watch television, or go to weddings.


The Turkish Flagship students and all who attend the talk will also learn the Turkish phrases which are used when hearing of someone’s death.

Summer Language Workshop


Turkish Flagship Advisory Council Chairman named Distinguished Professor


On February 20th, 2015, the Indiana University Board of Trustees promoted six IU researchers to the rank of Distinguished Professor. Among these exceptional scholars is the Turkish Flagship Advisory Council Chairman and the Department of Central Eurasian Studies Chair, Dr. Jamsheed Choksy. Distinguished Professorship is the highest academic rank the university can bestow upon its faculty. Please join us in celebrating Dr. Choksy’s extraordinary accomplishment!


More information about the announcement and Dr. Choksy’s research career can be found at the IU Newsroom.

The Language Flagship Gala


The first ever Language Flagship Gala was a collaborative effort by the Turkish, Chinese, and Swahili Flagship Programs to showcase our students’ achievements and introduce the IU community to the cultures associated with our respective languages.


Flagship students from each program gave short presentations, talking about their experience in the host country and discussing their academic and professional achievements. Grace Burris, who studied at Ankara University’s TÖMER institute in Summer 2014, represented the Turkish Flagship Program. Students from the Turkish and Swahili Flagship Programs each sang a song, and Huan Zhang of the Calligraphy Club gave a guqin performance. Additionally, Gulnoza Yusupova and Jewher Ilham shared Uzbek and Uyghur dances, highlighting the ability of Turkish Flagship students later pursue the study of other Turkic languages and cultures.


The night ended with an opportunity for attendees to mingle, taste Turkish, Swahili, and Chinese dishes, and talk to the Flagship students about their experiences in each program. Deans from the School of Global and International Studies, and faculty and advisors from across campus were in attendance.