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10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia MD, 21044
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312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 205
Laurel, MD 20707
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STARTALK Admissions

Important Notice: The STARTALK intensive summer language program for Summer 2020 has been postponed to Summer 2021. We understand this cancellation may initiate various questions.

Please see our FAQ for more information. 

The STARTALK program is a tuition-free, grant funded, intensive summer language program for high school students (rising freshman through graduating seniors) to learn Arabic or Mandarin Chinese in our World Languages academic program.

Classes meet daily on Mondays through Thursdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and typically run from early July to early August. 

Learn more about the STARTALK Program

Application Process

The application for HCC's STARTALK program will be available closer to Summer 2021. When available, please be sure to select that you are a high school student and applying to the STARTALK program. If you have participated in STARTALK in the past, you must re-apply each year, and submit new supplemental items each year. Follow these steps to apply:

  • Complete the STARTALK Application form.
  • Create a new account if you do not have an existing account
  • Click "Apply Online"
  • Select "Start a New Admissions Application"
  • Be sure to check yes to "Are you a current high school student?" and "Are you applying to the STARTALK Summer Language Program?"
  • Complete all required fields and click submit at the end of the application
  • Submit official high school transcript 
  • Complete and submit your STARTALK Essay
  • Submit One Teacher/Counselor Recommendation 
  • Complete and submit the STARTALK Parent/Counselor Signature Form

All materials must be submitted (either postmarked or submitted online) no later than the deadline.

The application calendar will be updated with Summer 2021 deadlines at a later date. 

Application Calendar

  • STARTALK Information Session:  
  • STARTALK Application Deadline: 
  • Notification Date for Admission Decision: 
  • Intent to Enroll Deadline: 
  • STARTALK Orientation:  

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