Academics

Chin 101: Elementary Chinese I
Introduction to the Chinese language, including reading, writing, and conversational skills for basic communication; cultural and linguistic information about the Chinese-speaking world. Intended for students with fewer than two years of high school Chinese. Chin 102:

Elementary Chinese II
Continuing introduction to the Chinese language, including reading, writing, and conversational skills for basic communication; cultural and linguistic information about the Chinese-speaking world.

Chin 201: Intermediate Chinese I
Development of proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and understanding Chinese with cultural and linguistic information about the Chinese-speaking world.

Chin 202: Intermediate Chinese II
Emphasis on communication and culture.

Chin 301: Conversation and Composition I
Development of speaking and writing skills, including creative expression, work with higher-level text types, and the study of selected grammatical structures.

Chin 302: Conversation and Composition II
Continued development of speaking and writing skills, including creative expression, work with higher-level text types, and the study of selected grammatical structures. Prerequisite requirements for this course may also be satisfied by equivalent course work as approved by the department.

Office

Residential Life

Students accepted to the program will be housed with the Summer College for High School Students in one of the University’s residential colleges. Adult staff as well as selected student counselors who serve as mentors to the participants will supervise them. 

Residential life on campus includes evening community-time activities led by counselors and off-campus trips on weekends. StarTalk students enjoy the opportunity to mingle with Rebel Research, Lott Leadership, and Summer College students, savor the many dining options at Oxford Square, test themselves at the university’s Ropes Challenge Course, visit Memphis or Birmingham on the weekends, and stay fit at the Turner Recreational Center.  Student-led events like the International Ice Cream Social provide cultural enrichment and leadership opportunities.

Optional Three-Day Weekend Trip, July 12-14
This year, students have the opportunity to visit Atlanta and visit some of the sights of this city such as the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca Cola, a visit to the Centennial Park, etc. Students will return Sunday afternoon in time to study.

Cost: $400 US and it includes:

  • overnight hotel accommodation in walking distance of sights
  • admission to all sights
  • lunch at the aquarium
  • dinner on Friday night
  • transportation

This trip is supervised by program staff members and counselors. It requires a minimum of 30 students.

What Students are Saying

Former participants have shared their feedback with us. Take a look!


“I had an amazing time! I learned lots of new things and met many new friends this year.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2017

“It was very fun and greatly improved my Chinese capabilities.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2018

“I had an incredible experience learning Chinese. I loved every aspect of the program.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2018