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2017 STARTALK Program 

The 2017 Swahili STARTALK program is now complete. We had a great summer and we thank everyone for their invovlement.

Here is an article about President Nellis visiting the STARTALK class.

Here is a blog article from one of our students about the program.


Information about The Swahili STARTALK program

The Swahili STARTALK program is open to all high school students (rising 9 th through 12 th grades) and undergraduate students.    At a minimum, participants must be deemed college ready based on remediation free standards set by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.  On average, successful secondary school applicants will have a minimum GPA of a 3.0 and ACT score of 24 or higher.  Undergraduate students will have at-least a 2.0 cumulative GPA and will be in good standing at all previously attended institutions. The Center for International Studies will work with Student Affairs and The Office for Community Standards to conduct a judiciary review of all current students prior to offering a spot in the program.

Application materials:


Please complete the registration form, course registration and submit SECTION 3 application materials by May 22, 2017 to:

Center for International Studies
56 East Union Street
Athens, OH  45701


EXTERNAL STUDENTS (High School students (rising 9 th through 12 th graders) and other non-OHIO Undergraduate Students) :
Please complete the registration form, course registration and submit all application materials by May 22, 2017 to:

Undergraduate Admissions
120 Chubb Hall
Athens, OH  45701

If you have any questions, please email african.studies@ohio.edu.

About the Program

STARTALK, whose slogan is “start talking,” is an organization that seeks to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages.  STARTALK awards funding for summer programs that focus on teaching these less commonly taught languages in an immersive environment and that follow their principles for effective teaching and learning.  Ohio University’s Swahili STARTALK summer program will also follow the five C’s of the standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st century: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.  The goal of all STARTALK programs is to give students the necessary tools and knowledge to travel abroad to foreign speaking countries. 

To read more about the program, please click here.

Swahili Startalk flier May 2017


To read an article about the 2016 Swahili STARTALK program,  please click here.





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