STARTALK Program - Overview

Lewis University Summer STARTALK 2021

Russian and Arabic language program for high-school and Lewis University students

Date: June 21-July 16, 2021.


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 has been offering Startalk Program since 2009.

This year’s summer program will offer its participants an intensive instruction in beginning Russian and Arabic. Both courses will be conducted online.

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 transferrable university credits
  3. You will have the rare opportunity to study Russian or Arabic and to continue studying them in our regular courses.
How long is the program?

The 2021 Startalk language program is four weeks long. Classes begin on June 21st.

What is the class schedule?

Language and culture classes will be conducted synchronously online daily Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 2 pm with lunch break and three 10 min. break.

Who is eligible?
  • High school students: rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders;
  • Lewis University incoming freshmen, rising sophomores and juniors (this course is counted as Globalization requirement);
  • Only those without prior exposure to Russian or Arabic will be accepted to the Program.

Admission is competitive.

How should you apply?

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

For questions or more information: Dr. Serafima Gettys at or (815) 836-5544.