Queens University of Charlotte's Summer Institute in Chinese and Arabic (STARTALK) is a free summer immersion program made possible by a federal government grant that offers high school students - including those who will be starting 9th grade and those who will be college freshmen in August 2016 - the opportunity to gain proficiency in real-world Mandarin Chinese or Arabic from beginning to advanced levels. The rigorous program has a history of yielding impressive results as students are immersed in the language through cultural activities and personalized Skype conversations with native speaking tutors abroad.
Prior experience is not required but demonstrated interest in language-learning and a proven ability to succeed are necessary. The program caters to both heritage and non-heritage Chinese and Arabic learners. Students may apply to the Chinese program or the Arabic program and indicate a willingness to study the other language if not accepted to study the first choice language.
StarTalk has received funding for the 2017 year; please be sure to check in for updates regarding the program information.
- Stay tuned for details on our summer 2017 Chinese and Arabic programs! The program will be three weeks long and will start on July 24 or July 17, 2017.
- 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
- Late pick-up available from 3:00 - 4:00
- Lunch and snack provided daily
- Early application deadline is April 8.
- Completely free with no tuition, fees, or application charges.
- Students may receive 3 hours of college credit from Queens University at the 101 or 102 level upon successful completion of the program depending on proficiency demonstrated. Students may not receive Queens credit for the same level twice.
- No high school credit will be granted.
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Why Study Chinese?
- Mandarin Chinese is the most widely-spoken language in the world with over a billion people.
- The economic futures of the United States and China are intricately intertwined, and those who speak Chinese are major assets to employers that work with the Chinese market.
- Learning Chinese opens doors to a fascinating culture with over 4,000 years of history.
- Understanding the Chinese culture and language is useful for those interested in traveling to or working in China and Taiwan.
Why Study Arabic?
- Arabic is the official language in over 20 countries and is also understood by Muslims throughout the world as the language of the Qur'an.
- The Middle East plays an increasingly important role in international affairs: there is a high demand and low supply of Arabic speakers in the Western world, which has led to financial incentives for learning the language.
- Possible career paths include: Foreign service and intelligence, consulting, journalism, business and industry, education, finance and banking, and translation and interpretation.
Learn more about the Department of World Languages at Queens, and follow us on Facebook for the latest STARTALK updates! We are listed with CharlotteSummerCamps.org.