STARTALK Program - Overview

Lewis University Summer STARTALK 2017 
Chinese Courses for High-school and Lewis University students

Date: June 26-July 21, 2017.


STARTALK is one of the projects of the National Security Initiative, a multi-agency effort to expand foreign language education in under-taught critical languages by funding new and existing programs and to provide incentives and rewards for foreign language learning.

STARTALK’s overall mission is to increase the number of young Americans learning and speaking critical need foreign languages by offering creative and engaging summer learning experiences for students (K-16).

Lewis University was awarded with Startalk grant six times and launched its first program in the summer of 2009.

This year’s summer program will offer its participants intensive instruction in┬ábeginning and intermediate Chinese. Those accepted to the Program will be able to choose to study in Level 1 (those with no prior knowledge of Chinese) or Level 2 (Intermediate). Both courses will be conducted concurrently on the Lewis University Romeoville campus from June 26th to July 21th.

Why should you consider applying for STARTALK?

The three main benefits of the STARTALK program at Lewis University are

  1. There are no tuition costs for the students
  2. Successful STARTALK students  will receive 3 university credits
  3. You will have the rare opportunity to study Chinese in the summer in an engaging and fun course.
How long is the program?

The 2017 Chinese language program is four weeks long. Classes begin on June 26th. The Program will conclude with the Closing Ceremony on Friday, July 21th.

What is the class schedule?

Language classes and extracurricular activities will be conducted daily Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 2:30 pm (with a 30 minute lunch break at noon).

Who is eligible?
  • High school students: rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders;
  • Lewis University incoming freshmen, rising sophomores and juniors.
  • Only those without prior exposure to Chinese will be accepted to Level I of the Program.

Admission is competitive
Please note that the program is very intensive. Therefore, it cannot be combined with other commitments (e.g., full-time job, athletic activities) since they may interfere with your participation in the program and consequently affect your grade.

How should you apply?

Go to the following link to fill out an online admission application.

For questions or more information: Professor Lifeng Hu, or (815) 836-5319.