2018 Dates are TBD. As you are looking ahead, please use the 2017 calendar below as a reference point.
2017 BYU Chinese STARTALK
Feb 6 - Application period opens
April 3 - Application periods closes. No new applications may be started after this date.
April 3 - ALL application material must be received including school transcript and teacher recommendations.
April 10 - Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions by 5:00pm.
April 17 - Commitment to attend deadline (without confirmation, spot may be forfeited to a student on the wait list)
May 10 - Program fee deadline
May 10 - Registration packet deadline
June 12 - First day of camp
June 24 - Chinese Night Market
July 1 - Closing Banquet
Thank you for your interest in the BYU Chinese STARTALK program. Information about this program is posted on our home page . Please check there for a description of the program, past and current details, and updates. The following are answers to some frequently asked questions. We hope you can find the information you need here.
The 2018 BYU Chinese STARTALK program dates are TBD pending funding.
The application period for the 2018 program will likely begin early February 2018, pending funding.
The BYU Chinese STARTALK program requires students to complete an online application that will be available early February 2018, pending funding. We will consider all the applications and compare them and weigh them against each other, then choose those students we think would be the most successful in our program. We examine each student's transcript, grades, and what classes he has already taken that may prepare him for studying Chinese. Students will also be asked to write an essay and submit teachers' contact information so we can request recommendations. All of this can be done online.
We will begin accepting applications early February 2018, pending funding.
This program is open to all students ages 14–17 who are enrolled in high school for the 2018–2019 school year. You do not need to be a resident of Utah, but nonresidents will need to provide their own transportation to travel to and from Utah to attend the camp.
Yes. Students are assessed throughout the BYU Chinese STARTALK program with both written and oral exams. Grades are based on these exams, on the completion of daily homework assignments and on a student's level of participation in all classes and activities.
Yes. BYU Independent Study can issue one year of high school credit to those who successfully complete the BYU Chinese STARTALK program. You need to check with the high school you attend to confirm that it will accept BYU Independent Study high school credit.
No. All student applications are weighed and compared against those of other applicants in a given year. Since we are trying to determine whether or not a student can successfully complete our program, the fact that you have already successfully completed a similar program would be a factor in our decision but would not automatically guarantee you a place in our program.
Unfortunately, no. We have many more qualified applicants than openings in the program. Please be aware that there are other Chinese STARTALK programs throughout the nation. If you are not accepted into BYU Chinese STARTALK, or if you are not available to attend during our camp dates, perhaps you could consider attending another program. Details of other programs, once available, can be found here
The federal grant money that supports the BYU Chinese STARTALK program covers two-thirds of the cost for the three week residential camp. Additional fees or tuition are required to cover the remaining costs. For 2017 the camp tuition was $1,250 per student for the three-week program. Cost for 2018 is TBD pending funding.
A limited number of needs-based scholarships are available. Students can apply for these scholarships once they are accepted into the program by requesting an application from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once the application period closes, we will make our decisions and notify students by April 10. Alternates will also be notified; several of the students from this list are usually accepted into the camp at a later date.
Other details, pertinent only to those who are accepted, will be mailed to students once they are accepted. This includes: help with travel details, daily schedule details, packing lists, and information about the Night Market and Final Banquet activities, to which parents are invited. If you have other questions not addressed in this FAQ, please contact us at:
Thank you for your interest in BYU Chinese STARTALK!