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Marhaban!

Boost your resume and your brain by studying Arabic this summer! Scholarships are now available for area high school students and Pennsylvania college students interested in the STARTALK Arabic Academy, from June 13 to July 10, coordinated by the Language Institute at Penn State.

The classes run Mondays through Fridays for four weeks, but you can complete the equivalent of a full semester’s study of Arabic and receive four academic credits for Penn State’s Arabic 001 course.

The learning is fun and interactive with hands-on activities in the morning classes. In the afternoon session, you are totally immersed in practicing speaking Arabic and doing email or video with students in Tunisia who speak Arabic and are learning English.

Interested students should submit their applications soon in order to be considered for 15 to 20 scholarships. Application forms and further information are available at http://www.outreach.psu.edu/language-institute/

In addition, other scholarships are available for high school students who wish to study Turkish, Chinese, or Russian this summer at The Language Institute at Penn State.

Caroline D. Eckhardt, director of the School of Languages and Literatures, explained that STARTALK (“Start Talking”) is a national initiative that supports creative and engaging summer experiences for students, with the goal of expanding critical language skills. In addition to this summer program for high school and college students, Penn State’s STARTALK Arabic Academy includes a professional seminar for teachers.

“Knowledge of a critical language such as Arabic can be a great asset on college, graduate school, and job applications, and invaluable in exploring career interests and broadening your horizons,” said Professor Eckhardt.

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