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Summer Language Program for High School Students!

STARTALK is a government initiative to increase the number of Americans learning critical need languages.  The STARTALK program pays tuition for high school students to learn Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, or Persian in HCC’s World Languages Program during the summer months.  The Summer 2014 Program will be June 23-July 31.

Students may apply to take CHNS-101: Elementary Mandarin Chinese I, CHNS-102:  Elementary Mandarin Chinese II, CHNS-201:  Intermediate Mandarin Chinese I, ARAB-101: Elementary Arabic I, ARAB-102:  Elementary Arabic II, ARAB-201:  Intermediate Arabic I,  HIND-101: Elementary Hindi I, or PERS-101:  Elementary Persian.

The National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland has awarded the STARTALK grant to select schools across the nation.

High school students (current 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, as well as newly graduated high school students) learn communicative ability as well as cultural awareness from experienced native language teachers in HCC’s lively, task-based classes.  STARTALK is a six week intensive language program; successful students will earn four college credits and be prepared to enter the next level of language instruction.  Attendance in all classes is essential for success.

One of STARTALK’s benefits is that there is no cost other than the $100.00 application fee.  (Fees may be waived for students with demonstrated financial need.)  The admissions process is selective.

Application Calendar:

  • Applications for the Summer 2014 Program are available now in pdf format and are available online by Completing the Admissions Application. Applicants should answer "yes" to the question applying to the STARTALK Summer Language Program. If applying online please submit the student essay through the online application and all other supplemental items should be mailed to the address below:  


Admissions & Advising

Howard Community College

10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Columbia, Maryland 21044  

All applicants must apply by the April 21 deadline, and will be notified of a decision by May 16.

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