Come to China…without the 24-hour flight! Sound impossible? Not with Wofford College's STARTALK program! Based on the success of the 2013 - 2018 programs, Wofford has been awarded a STARTALK grant again this year. The STARTALK program is dedicated to increasing the number of Americans learning, speaking and teaching critical need foreign languages like Chinese. This summer, visit Wofford College for STARTALK and find yourself transported to China by engaging and being inspired by the Chinese language and culture.

Language. Wofford will offer an intensive two-week program from June 17-28, 2019. In addition, eight online modules will be offered July 1-Aug. 16 in hopes that the learning process that starts with STARTALK @Wofford will continue long after the two-week program comes to an end. During the fall 2019, Wofford will offer continued learning opportunities to cement the knowledge gained during the summer program. In doing this, STARTALK @ Wofford hopes to extend the learning process so that learning will continue and last.

Culture. To better individualize student learning, cultural experiences will be held in small groups each afternoon at camp. These small groups will enable students to explore the cultural activity they are most interested in, while allowing them focused collaboration with their instructors and peers. Cultural experiences to choose from will include dance, drama, handcrafts, music, and painting.

This year, Wofford intends to continue serving the communities of Spartanburg, Greenville, and other nearby counties by offering the program free of charge. Transportation will be provided to and from Greenville. STARTALK @Wofford hopes to give students access to a language and culture they might not find at their home school. The program also wants to encourage students to continue with Chinese studies in hopes that they become global citizens with cross-cultural competence who are prepared to succeed in the 21st century.

While STARTALK @ Wofford is free, students must be passionate, motivated and have demonstrated academic excellence. As we will only be accepting 45 current 6th to graduating 12th graders, priority is given to students who plan to continue the study of Chinese and who can commit to taking advantage of all of the opportunities offered by our program.