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STARTALK-Arabic Language Program

Successful students of the Arabic STARTALK program at VMI will be able to demonstrate level appropriate (ACTFL novice) proficiency.  All accepted applicants to the program receive a scholarship that covers all tuition costs pending program funding. The scholarship does not cover room and board.

June 23, 2020 - July 17, 2020 

Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to  2:30 p.m.

This program is designed for students with little to no prior knowledge of Arabic.  Successful students of the Arabic STARTALK program at VMI will be able to demonstrate level appropriate (ACTFL novice) proficiency. 

All accepted applicants to the program receive a scholarship that covers all tuition costs pending program funding.   The scholarship does not cover room and board.

NOTE: Only current college students are permitted to reside in barracks.  If you have any questions please contact the STARTALK Director, MAJ Jason W. Schroepfer at schroepferjw@vmi.edu or 540-464-7241.

  • Open to high school juniors, seniors and college students (incoming VMI rat class not permitted to participate in STARTALK)
  • Participants receive 3 hours of college credits for Arabic 102 (AR-102)
  • Program Topic: Exploring the Madina "city"
  • Duration: Four Weeks
  • Successful completers will be able to communicate in real-world situations like bargaining in the market, reading authentic simple ads and menus, and writing short autobiographies among other skills
  • They showcase proficiency at the end of the program by undergoing individual interviews based on Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) benchmarks
  • All expenses covered field trip to a local authentic Lebanese restaurant.

Priority Admission Application Deadline: March 2, 2020

Final Admission Application Deadline: May 1, 2020