The 2010 Startalk Summer Intensive Chinese program at the University of Iowa ended successfully with a final oral performance held by students and joined by parents on July 30th, 2010. The program which consists of a two-week junior-high residential program and a four-week high school/university day program attracted students mainly from Iowa City schools, Cedar Rapids schools and also from other areas all over Iowa state. During the program, students participated in language classes, various cultural workshops and special field trips. The program is supported by a Startalk grant, a National Security Language Initiative launched by the White House in 2006 to promote the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not widely taught in the United States.
The UI Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the UI Confucius Institute jointly offered the courses for junior high program and high school/university program in July 2010.