Thank you for your interest in STARTALK: Chinese Language and Culture Summer Camp. Participants will learn communication skills through an interactive approach to language learning. The summer camp starts on July 2 and ends on July 21. Instruction runs from Monday to Friday; classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. The closing ceremony is on Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m.

We welcome Grades 3-12 students with or without a Chinese Language background. With the support of a federal grant, there is no program fee. Sixty applicants will be invited to the program and placed in four classes based on their grades and levels of proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. Full participation in the three-week program is required. No partial attendance is accepted.

Please submit your application package as soon as you can.

The application package includes three parts: (A) Application Form, (B) Two Letters of Recommendation, and (C) Report Card. All applicants need to complete the Application Form, including a statement of interest (200-250 words) explaining why they would like to participate in the camp. They also need to contact teachers who have taught them and who are willing to provide a Letter of Recommendation. Their current Report Card should be submitted as well.

Application Form

Applicants can complete an Online Application Form or mail their Application Form to STARTALK: Chinese Language and Culture Summer Camp, 433 Mahar Hall, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126


Letter of Recommendation

Applicants need to give a Letter of Recommendation Form to their teachers. Teachers’ Letters of Recommendation can be returned to the STARTALK: Chinese Language and Culture Summer Camp by email or mail.


Report Card

Applicants can email their Report Card to or

mail it to STARTALK: Chinese Language and Culture Summer Camp,

433 Mahar Hall, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126



The program will accept applications until all the slots are filled.

Application Review and Selection: TBD, pending STARTALK funding.

Please note that submitting your application package does not guarantee acceptance to this federally funded STARTALK summer program.

Prospective students will be invited to an Open House event on May 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at SUNY Oswego. Please visit us at,, or Contact us at

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