Application update: STARTALK Korean Language & Culture Academy is currently at capacity. There is a short waitlist. Please contact us for an update about space in the program.

To apply, follow these steps:

  1. Students should complete this essay and save it on their computer.  It will need to be uploaded to the electronic application (step 3).
  2. Students should complete this Korean language survey and save it on their computer.  It will need to be uploaded to the electronic application (step 3).  STARTALK KLCA is open to participants with no or limited proficiency in Korean. Having problems opening these documents? Email for help. 
  3. Parent(s)/guardian(s) should complete the electronic application. Please note students should not apply without a parent/guardian. Parent/guardian consent to participate is required.

Please contact with any questions about the application process.

Welcome!  환영합니다!

The University of Wisconsin-Madison STARTALK Korean Language & Culture Academy (KLCA) is a FREE, four-week, non-credit, non-residential program for high school students interested in exploring Korean language and culture. Through engaging, interactive learning activities, students will learn to communicate in Korean while exploring Korean cultural practices and traditions. Read more>

Save the date for STARTALK KLCA 2021 virtual program!

We missed you all in summer 2020 and hope that you found other ways to learn about Korean language and culture from the safety of your home. We have begun planning for STARTALK KLCA 2021 which will be held virtually, with synchronous instruction, June 14 – July 16, with no classes June 30 – July 6. More information about the schedule is available on our overview page.

Please contact with any questions.

STARTALK is a national project funded by the National Security Agency. STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical-need languages, with programs nationwide for students (K-16) and teachers. 

The UW-Madison STARTALK Korean Language & Culture Academy is a program of the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures and the Language Institute, with funding from STARTALK. 

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