California STARTALK Program

Interested in improving Chinese?

Tired of 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 is 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 help change their attitude about learning Chinese and turn them into life learners of Chinese.


  • Two-week fun summer camp: workshops, reading, music, movies, cosplay, food, and fieldtrips to Chinese cultural sites. Don’t miss the chance to “live in” San Francisco.

  • Tuition, accommodation, and fieldtrips expenses are all covered by CAST.

  • A great opportunity to improve your Chinese, expand your cultural horizon, and interact with peers who will inspire and motivate you.

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

Program Timeline

Applications Open | December 1, 2021

Applications Deadline | February 15, 2022

Applications Review Period | March, 2022

Student Announced | April 15, 2022

Program Orientation | May 23, 2022

Virtual Book Club | May 23 - August 26, 2022

Check in for Summer Camp | June 12, 2022

Summer Camp | June 13 - June 24, 2022

Check out for Summer Camp | June 25, 2022

Virtual Seminar | September 2022

Program End | September 30, 2022


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