STARTALK is a four-week summer course (July 6th - July 30th) for rising 9th-12th grade high school students interested in exploring Korean language and culture. Levels 1, 2, & 3 will all be offered, but limited spaces are available; so be sure to get your application submitted today! 

Priority registration deadline: May 1st


Application Process:

(Links will be added soon)

  1. Parent completes Startalk Registration Form
  2. Student completes Student Interest Form
  3. Counselor or Teacher emails recommendation letter to director at  
  4. Parent emails high school transcripts to director at  
  5. Attend Parent Orientation June 30th at 6pm (Fairfax High School)

STARTALK is a project that is fully funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. In addition, the program seeks to increase the number of Americans learning critical need languages.

The STARTALK program is a four-week intensive summer language program for high school students to learn Korean. STARTALK is open to rising 9th graders to seniors. In lively, task-based classes, you will be led by experienced instructors with a passion for teaching critical languages. You will acquire both practical and situational language skills, learn about cultural traditions, and benefit from authentic materials in the language. At the completion of STARTALK, you will be prepared to test out of level 1, 2 or 3 of Korean.

Students may apply to take one of the following language courses:

  • Korean Level-1 
  • Korean Level-2 
  • Korean Level-3

*Please note that these classes are not for credit*


Important details about the program:  

  • Eligibility: Rising 9th through 12th graders
  • Dates: July 6th - July 30th 
  • Full Day: 9 am- 3:00 pm (Monday -Friday)
  • Location: Fairfax High School at 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Graduation Day Performance: TBD
  • Priority Registration Deadline: May 1st
  • Parents have one week from date of admission notification to notify the program of their student's intent to enroll in the program.
  • Students are required to come on time each day and participate in all 19 days of the summer program (including the graduation day/final performance). Student's attendance, participation and commitment are essential to successfully completing this language immersion experience.
  • Students enrolling in Korean Level-2 or Level-3 will be required to take a placement test. The placement test date will be communicated in the admission notification.
  • Should you have any questions regarding the program and/or registration process, please contact the Program Director, Mrs. Song Johnston, at or (703) 219-4063.