Russian STARTALK Summer Camp


The Program

The Arizona State University Summer Russian Workshop offers a 3-week intensive summer day camp for *9th-12th graders from June 10-28, 2019, on ASU's main campus in Tempe, Arizona. This is a non-residential program, so housing is not provided. Daily transportation costs are reimbursed to all participants. 

Working in small groups in intensive half-day sessions on campus, as well as 'pairing up virtually' to do projects with teachers and students in ASU's summer program in Russian-speaking Kyrgyzstan, students learn the fundamentals of reading, writing and speaking modern Russian. Students also participate in cultural activities after class, practice their skills at a daily Russian table, and do extra-mural projects in Russian with local community members. Finally, they learn about Russian language and study abroad opportunities available to them as Phoenix-area students.

*Students entering 9th grade in the Fall of 2019 are eligible to apply.


Deadline: June 1, 2019



  • Students entering grades 9 - 12 for the 2019-20 academic year.
  • Little or no prior Russian language instruction.
  • Willingness to commit to an intensive Russian language program, and adhere to the attendance requirements.


  • June 10 – 28, 2019
  • Monday – Friday
  • 9:00am – 2:30pm (1 hour break for lunch)

Application Deadline: June 1, 2019

Program Goals

This non-residential immersion program is designed for middle-school and high-school-age learners with no previous knowledge of Russian. In a technology-rich environment with an emphasis on interculturality and community, learners will ground their interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational language learning through virtual activity guides, classroom immersion, and in-house cultural activities. Throughout the summer, students will connect, compare, and communicate their experiences through a variety of technologies to a community of learning partners from ASU’s Russian language training center in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, as well as with Arizona students with intermediate Russian proficiency studying in the Bishkek center. By the end of the program, learners will have acquired greater knowledge of the cultures coexisting under the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, will have greater sensitivity to Russophone Central Asian culture, and to a unique physical environment, and language, as shaped by individuals, communities, and cultures. Students will achieve a heightened interest in Russian language and culture, will have first-hand experience with more advanced local learners, and will explore ways in which they can use the language both in and out of the school environment.

STARTALK's Mission

STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages. STARTALK offers students (K–16) and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) launched STARTALK in 2006 and delegated executive oversight of the program to the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA in turn awarded a contract to the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland (UMD) to act as its subject matter expert in the implementation and administration of the program. 

STARTALK is guided by six Principles for Effective Teaching & Learning and has three main objectives:

  1. To increase the number of students enrolled in the study of critical-need languages
  2. To increase the number of highly effective critical-language teachers in the U.S.
  3. To increase the number of highly effective materials and curricula available to teachers and students of these critical-need languages


FREE - ASU Russian STARTALK covers the following expenses:

  • Program/Classroom Fees (including technology fees)
  • Reimbursement for travel to and from ASU's Tempe campus each day
  • Daily Lunch
  • Program T-Shirt