Frequently Asked Questions – STARTALK Student Program 2023-2024

Yes. The program is designed to accommodate students who are complete novices and who have never learnt these languages before.
The program is only offered to non-heritage students who have no prior knowledge of the language.
Yes, the cost of the program (tuition, facilities, materials, guest artists and speakers) is covered by the federal STARTALK grant which allows us to offer it free of cost. The only cost to participants is the partial payment towards the undergraduate college credit, which is optional (the program covers $100 of the course fee, please view the College Credit page).
We ask all our participants to put down a deposit of $100 to ensure their participation in the entire program. The entire deposit will be returned to students who have completed the program in full.
We will review all the applications submitted before the deadline and determine acceptance by December 16, 2022. There are only a limited number of spots; therefore it is highly recommended to apply early. Other details, pertinent only to those who are accepted, will be mailed to students once they are accepted. This includes: orientation information, daily schedule details, graduation ceremony information, etc.
The program does not provide lunches. Students can bring food or money to purchase food.
The program is accepting only students who in September 2022 started Grade 9, 10, or 11.
Please go to the Applications part of our webpage.
No. Only students who can attend the entire program (pre-summer session, summer camp, post-summer follow-up session) will be admitted.
In order to be considered for participation, all students must fulfill the eligibility criteria and commit to the entire program. We urge all applicants to carefully craft their personal statement as this will be given serious consideration during the selection process. We might also interview the applicants.

The program will start with an in-person orientation session on Saturday, February 18, 2023. The pre-summer session consists of nine 90-minute online classes and three 3-hour in-person Saturday classes. These classes take place from February to May 2023.

The summer camp will take place June 19 - July 14, 2023. Instruction will take place from 9 am until 1:30 pm with 30 minutes for lunch.

The post-summer session will take place from August 2023 to February 2024: These include 21 90-minute online classes and seven 3-hour in person Saturday classes.

All students will be provided with a clear assessment of their progress from the start to the end of the program.Self-assessment and peer assessment are also an integral part of the program.