About Us

STARTALK is a federal grant program funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. STARTALK grants fund summer world language learning programs as well as professional development programs for world language teachers. STARTALK grants support programs for students and teachers of eleven critical need languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Dari
  • Hindi
  • Korean
  • Persian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Urdu

Through these programs, the STARTALK program seeks to achieve three goals:

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