June 17-July 12, 2019

If you are an Ohio high school student, the Regents STARTALK Foreign Language Academy is an opportunity for you to start on your way to advanced-level proficiency in the critical-need languages of Chinese and Russian. Talk to your parents and guidance counselor about this unique opportunity and apply to the Regents STARTALK Foreign Language Academy at Kent State University!

Ohio high school students attending non-public or private schools or who are home-schooled must apply to the State of Ohio to have their participation funded under CCP.

High school students living outside the state of Ohio who are interested in attending the summer portion of the Kent State Foreign Language Academy should contact the program director, Dr. Brian Baer, at bbaer@kent.edu for details.


About the FLA

  • The program is intended for students with no prior knowledge of Chinese and Russian
  • The program is entirely free!
  • Students can receive up to 4 college credits
  • Students live and study together in the Kent State Honors College (Johnson/Stopher Halls)
  • Students study in a supportive, culture-rich environment
  • Teachers are experienced professionals from local colleges and universities
  • Students are provided with a laptop computer and all necessary software for the course of the program
  • Students must participate in a follow-up academic year session consisting of distance learning and monthly Saturday sessions


The academic year session is administered and funded by the College Credit Plus program (CCP).


Schedule of mandatory Saturday sessions during academic year 2019-20 for the 2019 FLA:

September 14, October 12, November 9, December 7, January 18, February 15, March 14, April 11, and May 9.

Schedule of mandatory Saturday sessions during academic year 2018-19 for the 2018 FLA:

September 15, October 13, November 10, December 8, January 19, February 16, March 16, April 13, and May 11.


FLA alumni have gone on to study these languages at the intermediate level at such colleges and universities as Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Oberlin, Kenyon College, Ohio State, University of Texas at Austin, and Kent State. See what FLA alumni have to say about the Academy:

I learned with what methods I learn best. I also learned the vast number of opportunities with foreign languages that I did not know about before and want to take part in.

I learned that I can be good at languages.

I learned that I truly can learn languages at a fast rate.

It's not an easy thing to learn a language, but it's one of the most rewarding and useful things one can do.

I am prepared for college and have formed good habits and a good attitude about academics. Having lived with my peers, I would say I am more ready than other students my age.

I think that the academy showed me more of what I can be capable of when pushed to do so.