A STARTALK Chinese Immersion in the Sonoran Desert

Welcome! 欢迎!

You are visiting the website for the STARTALK Chinese program to be held in the summer of 2024 at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, Arizona.

This federally funded residential immersion program is designed for high school students and college freshmen and sophomores. Students will read age-appropriate authentic stories and learn Chinese cultural practices about desert, water, and environment. Students will also participate in field trips to the Saguaro National Park, the Coronado National Forest, and the world’s largest ecological experiment site Biosphere 2, while engaging in discussions about climate challenges and real-world solutions – all in Chinese! Qualified students will earn TWO University of Arizona credits upon the completion of all camp activities.

We have already received an overwhelming number of applications as of January 20, 2024. We are no longer accepting new applications at this point. Thank you for your interest!


The University of Arizona main campus in Tucson


June 2 – 15, 2024


Completely FREE to qualified participants


Incoming 9th Grade to 14th Grade students with intermediate-level proficiency in Mandarin.

*Participation in pre- and post- camp activities is required.