University of Pennsylvania offers STARTALK
Hindi and Urdu Summer Language Programs 2009 for High School Students
The University of Pennsylvania will host during July 2009 federally funded STARTALK language programs in Hindi and in Urdu for students entering grades nine through twelfth. The two language programs will be run separately but both will start on July 6th and run for three weeks till July 24th. Prior knowledge or exposure to these languages is not a pre-requisite for eligibility to these programs. The University of Pennsylvania will also run a third program for Hindi and Urdu teacher-training. Existing or prospective teachers in weekend schools organized by community organizations, public schools, private schools or colleges and those interested in Hindi or Urdu language instruction can apply.
STARTALK is a federally funded program under the National Security Language Initiative and is designed to strengthen foreign language education in U.S. schools. It’s a multi-agency effort to expand learning of seven less commonly taught languages of national importance, among which are Hindi and Urdu. The national plan is to make these languages available to students of all ages from kindergarten through university, just the way other European languages such as Spanish, French, German have been available to students so far. The STARTALK programs at the University of Pennsylvania provide generous incentives to participants and offer the participants the opportunity to partake of Penn’s quality programs.
Interested participants to all the three programs will find further information and an application form at
The deadline for applications is May 30, 2009. However, the program will stop accepting applications as soon as qualified applicants have been recruited.