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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.


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.


Turkish Poetry Night

Thursday, April 3rd, the Turkish Flagship Center and the Turkish Student Association hosted a Turkish Poetry Night from 7:00-8:30pm in the Eigenmann Formal Lounge. Everyone was invited to recite a favorite poem in Turkish as part of a recitation competition. Any type of poem from ancient to contemporary was acceptable, including poems authored by participants. Memorization was not required, but those who did received extra consideration by the judges. There were also three separate competitions: one for native speakers of Turkish, one for native speakers of a Turkic language, and one for learners. We had prizes for each competition, including gift certificates to local restaurants and books. There were also an assortment of appetizers, tea and baklava generously provided by Anatolia and Sofra Café and Bakery, as well as classic and Turkish music.

A total of seventeen students recited a poem, with nine learners of Turkish, four native speakers of a Turkic language, and four native speakers of Turkish participating. Poem selections varied greatly, with some students reciting from such renowned poets as Nazım Hikmet Ran and Orhan Veli, and others reciting poems they had composed themselves. The competition was close, but the judges, Prof. Kemal Silay and Zeynep Elbasan, were able to unanimously select the winners of each competition. Grace Burris won for learners of Turkish, Gulomjon Alimov for native speakers of a Turkic language, and Hatice Hatipoğlu for native speakers of Turkish. Rebecca Mueller, performing with her daughter, Annica, received second place in the Turkish learner category.

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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


Movie Night

Time: 7-9 pm

Date: Thursday, February 20th

Turkish Talk: Turkish Literature (More Info)

Time: 7-8 pm

Date: Tuesday, February 25th

Location: Woodburn Hall, Room 004

Conversation Table

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

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks


Game Night

Time: 6-8 pm

Date: Sunday, March 9th

Conversation Table

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

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks


Poetry Night

Time: 7-8 pm

Date: Thursday, April 3rd

Location: Eigenmann Formal Lounge

Turkish Flagship Recruitment and Culture Night

Time: 6-7 pm

Date: Friday, April 11th

Location: Collins Coffee-House (541 N. Woodlawn)

Who: Undergraduates of all majors

Turkish Talk: Water Marbling: The Art of Ebru

Time: 7-8 pm

Date: Tuesday, April 29th

Location: Business 211

Conversation Table

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

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks


Turkish Breafast Study Break

Time: 11 am-1 pm

Date: Saturday, May 3rd

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


Navruz Celebration

Time: 5:30 pm

Date: Saturday, March 29th

Location: Willkie Auditorium


Open Forum: “The Current Crisis in Turkey and Its Global Implications”

Speaker: Şule Perinçek, Workers Party of Turkey

Time: 8:00 pm

Date: Sunday, April 13th

Location: Woodburn Hall 120 

Assesing Erdoğan's Antisemitism

Speaker: Dr. Günther Jikeli

Time: 7-8:30 pm

Date: Friday, April 18th

Location: Swain East 140

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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