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How Words Shape People
Understanding Business Russian Through Proverbs

FREE • Open to high school seniors and college freshmen
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The STARTALK Intensive Russian Language Scholarship Program, sponsored by the National Security Agency’s National Cryptologic University, is providing language training programs to meet the national security and defense priorities of our nation.

The University of Central Florida invites you to participate in a free, intensive language program open to all high school senior and college freshmen in all states virtually or face-to-face.

NOTE: Participants who attended the 2023 summer camp are not eligible to participate in the 2023-2025 pilot program.


Program director Dr. Alla Kourova is a recipient of several national awards in teaching Russian as a foreign language including the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. Each session will be completed by highly qualified, Russian native-speaking instructors who have over 8 years of experience in the UCF STARTALK program.

Program Structure

The program consists of 4 parts:

Part 1: January – May 2024

Virtual Segment I

Weekly 90-minute online lessons conducted in groups with instructor. Homework assignments are required.

Part 2: June 10-29, 2024

Russian Language Camp (In-Person)

Mandatory, intensive residential camp with immersive Russian language and culture. Camp will take place at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Housing and meals will be provided. Summer camp participants must have studied Russian at least one year prior to camp.

Part 3: September – May 2025

Virtual Segment II

Weekly 60-minute online lessons conducted in groups with instructor. Homework assignments are required.

Part 4: May 2025

Exam and Graduation

In order to be eligible for graduation, students must have successfully participated in and completed all parts of the program.


  • Receive college credit (applies to multiple degrees and programs).
  • Reach intermediate-level proficiency and skip beginning-level courses.
  • Use language skills for federal government jobs.
  • Make a competitive and unique addition to your résumé with official program certificate.
  • Network with a diverse group of students interested in Eastern European languages and cultures.


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Registration extended through January 2024!

Registration is currently closed.

More Information

Alla Kourova, program director
[email protected]
Include the subject line “STARTALK Inquiry”