STARTALK Program - Overview

Dramatically improve your language proficiency at Lewis University Startalk program

The Lewis University World Languages Program is the recipient of STARTALK grant, funded by the National Security Agency to support the development of programs in critical-need languages that meet the national security priorities. Startalk mission is to inspire young Americans to language careers, thereby contributing to language workforce development for the Federal Government.

The centerpiece of Lewis STARTALK is a four-week residential summer full-immersion language camp in Arabic, Chinese, and Russian, from June 20th to July 16th , 2022. The grant covers tuition, textbook costs, room, board, and an array of engaging after-class cultural activities for all accepted participants. Students will sign a Language Contract thus committing to communicate only in the target language throughout camp period.  In addition to the summer program, students will take both pre- and post-program courses to be prepared for a full immersion experience and to sustain their language growth over the duration of a full year.  

On completing the Program, students will receive Certificate of 6 Higher Education Credits.

Applications are open to high school juniors and seniors, and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors with at least 2 semesters in the target languages or equivalent.