FAQ - Overseas

FAQ : 

Am I eligible if my Turkish is strong, but I never studied in Turkey?

You have to complete at least 6 weeks of language study in Turkey or a Turkish-speaking country before the beginning of the program. Time spent in Turkey as a tourist, being employed or volunteering, having an internship, or living with relatives does not count. Also, you cannot complete your study in Turkey requirement during the summer when the overseas Capstone program begins. However, you may satisfy the requirement by going abroad for the fall or spring semester during your Capstone application year (i.e., if you are applying to the Turkish Overseas Flagship Program 2017-18, you can study 6+ weeks in Turkey in the fall of 2016 or spring of 2017, but not during the summer of 2017). If you are participating in a spring semester program in Turkey/a Turkish-speaking country during your Capstone application year, you may be accepted, but your participation in the year-long Capstone program will be conditioned upon your successful completion of the spring semester program.

I grew up in a Turkish-speaking family -- am I eligible to apply?

Yes, as long as you can demonstrate the necessary level of Turkish proficiency and have previously studied in Turkey or another Turkish-speaking country for at least 6 weeks. American Councils recognizes the fact that heritage students often experience specific language acquisition issues. Prior heritage-speakers have followed a specially designed program that included small group classes with each other and separate lectures that addressed issues pertaining to heritage speakers only. Our faculty has also developed a special study manual for heritage speakers.

Do I need to attend a summer intensive program before going to Baku?

No. Indeed, students are required to attend a study abroad program in a Turkish-speaking country prior to the summer when the overseas Capstone program begins (i.e., if a student applies to the Turkish Overseas Flagship Program 2017-18, he/she has to complete his/her study abroad before summer 2017).

Can I travel abroad while in Azerbaijan?

Students may travel outside of Azerbaijan during official program breaks (winter and spring vacations) only after receiving approval from American Councils. Students may travel within Azerbaijan on weekends with approval from American Councils.

When is the application deadline and how can I apply?

All applications for the 2019-20202 Capstone Program must be submitted online by January 10, 2019. Official physical or electronic transcripts for all institutions of higher education you have attended must be received by American Councils by January 10, 2019. Recommenders must submit their online reference forms by January 10, 2019.

Please remember that if you are applying for a Boren Scholarship or Fellowship, you will need to submit a separate application to the Institute of International Education (IIE). Please contact IIE directly for their requirements and deadlines at boren@iie.org.

Is there financial aid available?

The Language Flagship provides support for students enrolled in Domestic Flagship institutions to participate in the Overseas Flagship programs. Interested students should contact their Domestic Flagship program for additional information.

Other Student Support Options - Boren Scholarships (for undergraduate Flagship students). Interested students should contact IIE via email at boren@iie.org.

How much does the program cost?

The cost of the Overseas Program varies from year to year depending on the cost of academic, housing, and administrative services in Azerbaijan and the United States. The program cost is also periodically adjusted for the current value of U.S. dollar and inflation in the host country. The cost of the 2018-19 academic year program payable to American Councils is $19,368 for Domestic Program participants. In addition, students are encouraged to budget about $2,660 for estimated living expenses not included in the official cost of attendance.

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

No, there is no citizenship requirement to apply to the Overseas Program. However, if you are not a U.S. citizen, you may not be able to apply for government financial aid.

How do I assess my language skills before applying?

To apply to the Overseas Program, you need Turkish proficiency equal to 2 or 2+ on the ILR scale. You can self-test your current Turkish skills using the following links: http://www.govtilr.org/ and http://www-01.sil.org/lingualinks/LANGUAGELEARNING/OtherResources/ACTFLP...

How large is the Overseas Flagship group?

The average Turkish Overseas Flagship cohort is 3-5 students. Smaller class size provides each student a lot of the instructor’s attention while allowing the students to have meaningful conversations and learn from each other’s mistakes and successes.

Do I get academic credit for participating?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the Russian Overseas Flagship Program receive academic credits through Indiana University via grade reports submitted by American Councils.

May I participate in the Overseas Flagship Program if I am not a Turkish language major?

Yes, as long as you have already achieved Turkish proficiency equal to 2 or 2+ on the ILR scale, and participated in a 6-week or longer language study program in Turkey or another Turkish-speaking country.