California STARTALK Program

Interested in improving Chinese?  

Tired of the traditional way of learning Chinese? 

Come join CAST summer 2022 at San Francisco State University both on-site and online. Funded by the National Security Agency, CAST aims to help college students develop their Chinese. 

Theory and practice prove that popular literature and multimedia are the most effective way to engage and help students improve their Chinese. 

Our former STARTALK Students provide the best testimonies on how comics, pop songs and movies helped change their attitude about learning Chinese and turned them into lifelong learners of Chinese. 


Location: San Francisco State University (SFSU) campus and online 

Program Schedule : May - September 2022

Cost:  FREE. No application fee. Accepted applicants won't need to pay any tuition. 

Eligibility: College students who are US citizens or permanent residents with beginning or intermediate Chinese proficiency

Application Deadline: February 15, 2022

Chinese Book Club


Pre-camp outreach activities. Read comics, popular fictions and watch animation to brush up your Chinese.

May - August 2022

 Every Friday | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT

Residential Camp


Learn Chinese language and culture by attending workshops and field trips in San Francisco Bay Area. 

June 13 - June 24, 2022 

 San Francisco State University


(Virtual )

Post camp outreach activities. Help further develop your academic Chinese by attending weekly forum.

September 2022  

 Every Friday  | 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM PT


Still have questions? See below for contact information!