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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.

NOTICE:  STARTALK 2020 has been postponed until the summer of 2021.  The approximate dates for next summer will be June 22, 2021 - July 16, 2021.  The application for 2021 will re-open in the spring of 2021.  

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 rising 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 for Summer 2021 : March 1, 2021

Final Admission Application Deadline for Summer 2021: May 2, 2021