Project Go

The ROTC Language & Culture Project

Frequently Asked Questions

Project GO Overview

What is Project GO?

Project GO (Global Officers) is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities through language study scholarships for ROTC students. The U.S. military needs future military officers who possess the cross-cultural communication skills required for effective leadership in the 21st Century operational environment. Project GO provides scholarships to ROTC students to study critical languages domestically and abroad via a network of 25 participating universities nationwide.

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What languages are considered “critical?”

The U.S. Government has designated some languages as “critical” because the national need for trained speakers in those languages exceeds the number of available speakers. These languages are also critical for U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.

Project GO supports programs & students of the following critical languages:

Arabic                         Korean                                   Swahili

Chinese                      Persian (Dari, Farsi, Tajik)        Turkish

Hindi/Urdu                   Russian                                  Uzbek

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What are the benefits of doing a Project GO summer study?

There are many benefits to participate in Project GO language programs, including:

  • Earn university credits & fulfill language requirements
  • Learn a new language
  • Study abroad on a fully funded scholarship
  • Qualify for language incentive pay (consult your service language policies)
  • Access unique career & leadership opportunities
  • No additional service commitment
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Eligibility Requirements

Who is eligible to apply for a Project GO scholarship?

Eligible for domestic and/or study abroad

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Matriculated in an undergraduate or graduate degree program located within the United States accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Contracted or non-contracted AROTC, AFROTC, NROTC student on track to commission through ROTC from any university or college in the U.S.
  • Project GO scholarship recipients must be members of the ROTC and remain matriculated in their undergraduate or graduate programs for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete*
  • The applicant may not be employed, including unpaid internships, by the U.S. federal government or any foreign government while receiving Project GO funding 

*Consideration is given on a case-by-case basis to newly commissioned officers who graduate and are awaiting active duty for participation in domestic Project GO programs. 

Eligible for domestic program only 

  • Drilling members of the National Guard or Reserve
  • Newly commissioned officers awaiting active duty
  • Army Green to Gold members

Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1025.02

National Security Education Program (NSEP) and NSEP Service Agreement states that, "All NSEP award recipients who are government employees or members of the uniformed services at the time of award must confirm that they have resigned from such employment or service before receiving support for their NSEP-funded overseas study. These stipulations apply to all individuals, including employees of a department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government and members of the uniformed services, including members of a Reserve Component of the uniformed services. Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) participants who are also members of a Reserve Component must be in an inactive, non-drilling status during the course of their NSEP-funded overseas study.

In addition, all ROTC students and National Guard members must be in an inactive, non-drilling status during NSEP-funded overseas study."

Not Eligible for Project GO

  • Active duty military (not participating in ROTC)
  • Marines Platoon Leaders Class
  • Navy Seamen to Admiral Program
  • Officer Candidate School
  • Service academies
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What if I don’t meet these eligibility requirements?

Other eligibility requirements may apply and situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis (for eligibility questions, please use the “Contact Us” function at the top of the page).

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Do I need prior language experience?

ROTC students are eligible to apply regardless of prior language experience; any level of language proficiency is acceptable (zero to advanced).

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Application Information

How do I Apply?

From the Project GO website, go to Find a Program:

  • Search by language, level, dates, etc.
  • Review the programs that come up in the search. Note that locations, dates and application deadlines are different depending on the university that offers the program.
  • Select the program you are interested in, review the How to Apply information, and follow the application instructions for this university.
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How can I learn which institutions have been funded?

The participating universities are listed on the Find a Program page. Please click on the Universities Tab of the "Find a Program" search box.

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The university I attend is not listed - can I still apply?

Yes, you can apply to any of the universities listed in the website regardless of your home institution.

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Where can I find information on summer language and study abroad programs?

Our Programs page allows you to search for a program by language, course level, university, course type, scholarship funding or start & end dates. The overview will indicate location, university sponsor, and application due date. Once you locate a program or several programs which interest you, you will need to read through its course details, scholarship/funding information and application instructions.

Contact the POC of the program or the Project GO coordinator at if you have any questions about the program. You will need to apply to each program directly.

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How many programs may I apply to?

You can apply to as many programs as you want but you should check the course details, funding information, and application requirements for each program.

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What level should I apply to?

Project GO uses the following system to classify the courses:

  • Beginner I - no prior experience required
  • Beginner II - Students should have completed the equivalent of 2 semesters of study in the target language
  • Intermediate I - Students should have completed the equivalent of 4 semesters of study in the target language
  • Intermediate II - Students should have completed the equivalent of 6 semesters of study in the target language
  • Advanced I & II - Students should have completed the equivalent of 8 semesters or more of study in the target language
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Scholarship Details

What is covered by a Project GO scholarship?

Funding benefits vary from program to program. Scholarships cover a variety of fees, including tuition, room & board, class fees, airfare to the final destination etc. Review the Scholarship/Funding tab which can be found on the Find a Program page for each course. Please check with the program administrator for any questions and to confirm the out of pocket costs that you are responsible for covering.  

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Does Project GO fund a full semester study abroad?

Typically Project GO is used to fund summer study abroad. In some circumstances, however, schools with Project GO grants may elect to use their grant funding to help individual students offset the costs of semester study abroad. In general, schools may allocate some grant funding to students when the cost of a semester study abroad program exceeds the cost of the student’s regular semester on campus.

For more specific information, please discuss this with the Project GO coordinator at the university.

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Are there other options for funding study abroad during the Academic Year?

Yes, ROTC students are eligible to apply for another NSEP-funded scholarship – The Boren Awards for International Study (

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Project GO scholarship and ROTC obligations

Would participation in Project GO extend my service commitment?

No, participation in summer language program on a Project GO scholarship does not require any additional service commitments nor will it adversely affect your ROTC scholarship in any way.

Please note: using ROTC scholarships for funding summer studies may require extension of service but Project GO scholarships will not (please check your service policies).

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Is Project GO part of CULP (Army) or PDT (Air Force)?

No, Project GO is not associated with CULP or PDT programs. Project GO funded summer studies can be done in addition to other summer service-specific training and deployments provided there is no time conflict.

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Details about Project GO sponsor

How is Project GO funded?

Project GO is funded by the Department of Defense through the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). Federal funds pass from DLNSEO to the Institute of International Education (IIE), which administers the Project GO institutional grants. On behalf of the federal government, IIE has awarded Project GO grants to 25 U.S. institutions of higher learning.

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What is the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO)?

Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) at the Department of Defense provides strategic direction and programmatic oversight to the Military Departments, Defense field activities and the Combatant Commands on present and future requirements related to language, regional expertise, and culture. For more information click here.

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What is the Institute of International Education?

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building international goodwill through educational and cultural exchange among nations. By enabling more than 18,000 outstanding men and women each year to study, conduct research, receive practical training, or provide technical assistance outside their own countries, IIE fosters mutual understanding, builds global problem solving capabilities, and strengthens the international competence of U.S. citizens.

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Is Project GO related to Boren?

Both programs are sponsored by DLNSEO, are administered by IIE, and encourage U.S. students to study critical languages.  Project GO targets ROTC students who may or may not have previous language or study abroad experience.  The Boren Scholarship and Fellowship funds civilian undergraduate and graduate students to study abroad in regions critical to U.S. national security in exchange for their commitment to seek employment in the federal government.  ROTC students and Project GO alumni can be very competitive applicants for the Boren Awards because of their clear commitment to government service. Boren application deadlines usually fall in January/February of each year. Please check with your university's Boren representative for application instructions.

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Additional questions

I have a question about a specific program, whom should I contact?

Please contact the university Project GO administrator directly. Contact information or a website link can be found on the "How to Apply" tab for each course.

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I represent a university. How can we receive Project GO grants?

IIE expects to release an RFP for the next open competition in December 2014, pending funding availability. Please contact the Institute of International Education at for solicitation status, criteria and application procedures required to apply for a Project GO grant.
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My question is not answered here, whom can I contact?

Please contact Leah Mason, phone: 1-800-618-NSEP (6737),

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