How to Apply: Overseas Capstone Program

All applicants for the Turkish Overseas Flagship Program will be provided with a link to the online application by their Flagship Directors at Indiana University.

Application Requirements:

Applicants can be U.S. citizens, nationals, and legal residents. However, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for government financial support.

The application deadline for the Capstone Year 2019-2020 is January 10, 2019.  By this date, we must receive your online application, letters of recommendation, and transcripts. 

All eligible applicants are required take an online Turkish proficiency qualifying exam (reading, listening, writing) in mid-January 2019. The test location and time will be organized by IU Flagship staff. Applicants will be notified about the details of the test via e-mail upon submission of the online application. In addition to the online exam, all applicants are required to take a telephonic Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in mid to late January. American Councils will schedule the OPI, and your Domestic Flagship staff will proctor it.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following two requirements:

  • Demonstrate advanced proficiency in Turkish equivalent to the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Level 2.  The required minimum language proficiency needs to be demonstrated in speaking (OPI) and at least one other modality (reading, listening, and writing), while scoring no lower than ILR 1+ in the other two modalities. 
  • Complete at least 6 weeks of study in Turkey or a Turkish-speaking country on a certified academic program prior to applying to the program. This requirement cannot be fulfilled during the summer immediately prior to the beginning of the overseas program. Please note that time spent in Turkey or another Turkish speaking country vacationing, visiting relatives, working, or volunteering does not count towards this requirement.

All successful candidates must demonstrate strong motivation to achieve “professional” language proficiency in Turkish, a proven track record of Turkish-related activities and interests, and have some record of positive immersion experience in Turkey or another Turkish-speaking country.

For information on testing procedures and to self-test, please go to:

Interagency Language Roundtable or

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages