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An Initiative of the defense language and national security education office

FAQs

What is Project GO?

Project Global Officers (GO) is a Department of Defense initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities through language study for ROTC students. The U.S. military needs future military officers who possess the necessary critical language and 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 24 participating universities nationwide.

What languages are considered “strategic?”

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

Project GO supports programs in the following  languages:

  • Arabic
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Pashto
  • Persian (Dari, Farsi, Tajik)
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Uzbek
What are the benefits of doing a Project GO summer study?

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

  • Receiving a fully funded scholarships for critical language study
  • Improving language proficiency
  • Qualifying for language proficiency bonus pay
  • Opening pathways to new career opportunities that require language and area studies
  • Earning university credits and fulfill language requirements
What if I don’t meet the eligibility requirements?

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

Do you need prior language experience?

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

What is Project GO Advanced?

Project GO Advanced programs support continued language development of ROTC students who have reached ILR 1 level proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.  Students enrolled in the Project GO Advanced programs are expected to reach ILR 2 level proficiency (limited working proficiency) upon completion of the program.  Advanced-level students are encouraged to contact Project GO Advanced programs for more information on program curriculum and language placement:

Arabic: University of Arizona

Chinese: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Russian: University of Pittsburgh

How do I apply?
  • From the Project GO website, go to Find a program
  • Search by language, course level, course type, university, start dates, end date, and application due date. 
  • Review the programs that come up in the search. Note that locations, dates and application deadlines may differ by program.
  • Select the program you are interested in, review the How to Apply information, and follow the application instructions.
What is the application timeline for Project GO?
Project GO programs follow a national application timeline:
 
November 1st, 2016: Applications Open
January 17th, 2017: Application Deadline
February 10th, 2017: Award Notification Date
February 17th, 2017: Student Decision Deadline
 
For further details on application requirements, please contact the Project GO program directly.
What policies must I adhere to while participating in Project GO?

Project GO participants agree to observe the following program policies:

  • Maintain eligibility for the duration of the Project GO funded experience. See eligibility requirements.
  • Register in the Student Certification System Database prior to the program start date and complete all required fields.
  • Enroll in the U.S. Department of State Safe Traveler Enrollment Program. https://step.state.gov/step/
  • Participate in all required pre-departure orientation sessions.
  • Complete all required pre and post program- language tests (contact your program to confirm your testing requirements)
How can I learn which institutions have been funded?

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

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

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

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 and 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 rotc@iie.org if you have any questions about the program. You will need to apply to each program directly.

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.

What level should I apply to?
Project GO uses the following system to classify program levels:
  • Year 1 (first and second semesters)
  • Year 2 (third and fourth semesters)
  • Year 3 (fifth and sixth semesters)
  • Year 4 (seventh and eight semesters)
  • Year 5 (ninth and tenth semesters)
  • Year 6 (eleventh and twelfth semesters)
What is covered by a Project GO scholarship?

Project GO scholarships provide full funding to students, including tuition, room and board, textbooks, visas, insurance, and travel expenses to and from the study destination. Please check with the program coordinator for any questions and to confirm the out of pocket costs that you are responsible for covering.

Does Project GO fund a full semester study abroad?

Some Project GO programs fund a full semester abroad. Availability of programs and scholarships may vary.  For more information, please contact the Project GO program directly.

Are there other options for funding study abroad during the academic year?

Yes, ROTC students are eligible to apply for other NSEP-funded scholarships. The Boren Scholarship funds the study of language and culture in a program of your choosing. The Boren Scholarship does not choose a program for you nor do we recommend or suggest programs. Choosing the right study abroad program is a matter to be decided in consultation with your study abroad office, academic advisors, Boren Campus Representative, as well as other trusted sources. 

These additional resources and considerations may help you find the right study abroad program.

  • Your Home Institution Study Abroad, Financial Aid, and Academic Advisor Office: These offices should be your first resources before and during the application.
  • Boren Campus Representative: These are staff members at your home insitution who are familiar with the Boren Scholarship and the application process.  Click here to find your campus representative.
  • IIE Passport: This is an online study abroad directory with more than 7,000 study abroad programs for you to discuss with your home institution staff. Click here for more information.

 

What are the passport/visa requirements for Project GO abroad programs?
Project GO participants planning to travel abroad MUST have a valid U.S. passport in their possession no later than 90 days before anticipated travel date.    Most foreign countries require visitors to hold a passport which expires no earlier than six months following the date of arrival, so if your current passport expires in the next year, you may need to apply for a new passport.
 
Many study abroad destinations require students to apply for a student visa. Additional processing time may be necessary for a student visa so it is important to begin the passport application process immediately. Project GO programs will assist you with the visa application process and fees.
 
If you do not have a passport and hope to study abroad, we strongly urge you to apply for one now.  The United States Post Office processes all passport applications.  Visit the USPS website for more information on processing time and fees: https://www.usps.com/international/passports.htm.
Would participation in Project GO extend my service commitment?

No, participation in a 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).

Is Project GO part of the Army Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) program?

The Army CULP is a separate program from Project GO. Project GO funded summer studies can be done in addition to other summer service-specific training and deployments.

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, which administers the Project GO institutional grants. IIE currently has awarded Project GO grants to 25 U.S. institutions of higher education.

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

The Institute for International Education (IIE) completed an open competition in 2015 for the 2015-2018 Project GO grant cycle. To inquire about future competitions, please contact IIE at rotc@iie.org .

Is Project GO related to Boren?

While both programs are sponsored by DLNSEO and both programs are administered by IIE, the Boren Awards are scholarship and fellowship programs aimed at civilian students with regional experience and language skills into the federal government. Project GO is designed for ROTC students who have already expressed an interest in government (military) service but who may not have had language or study abroad experience. Both programs focus on critical languages and emphasize language study and study abroad.

What is the Boren/ROTC Initiative?

The Boren Scholarships offer a special initiative for undergraduate ROTC cadets and midshipmen. ROTC participants are strong candidates for the Boren Scholarship, due to their commitment to national security and government service.  

Eligibility

Boren-ROTC applicants must fulfill the same general eligibility requirements as all Boren applicants. In addition, ROTC students must be in an inactive, non-drilling status during their Boren-funded overseas study.  ROTC students who receive this scholarship usually find that their Commanders are fully supportive and willing to assist with provisions for completing ROTC class and lab requirements before or after the Boren experience.

Application

ROTC participants have no special instructions for the Boren Scholarship application. They should only answer “yes” for the question that asks if the applicant is in ROTC.

Duration

Boren-ROTC applicants are encouraged to study abroad for six months or longer, if possible. However, applications for a semester abroad are also encouraged. ROTC participants interested in summer study are encouraged to apply for Project GO funding.

Project GO Alumni

Past Project GO participants are especially encouraged to apply for the Boren Scholarship to continue studying the Project GO language. This commitment to language and culture makes Project GO alumni especially strong Boren applicants. However, all ROTC participants are eligible under this initiative. 

Service Requirement

In exchange for funding, Boren Scholarship recipients commit to working in the federal government for one year. ROTC participants may fulfill their ROTC commitment and their Boren commitment concurrently. For more information about the service requirement, click here.

Study Abroad Program Resources

The resources listed below may help students create appropriate overseas plans:

 

What is the Flagship/ROTC Initiative?

ROTC Flagship Scholarships

Air Force Foreign Language Flagship Scholarship Program

The Air Force is now offering scholarships to Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students under the Air Force Foreign Language Flagship Scholarship Program to meet the needs of the Air Force based on the Air Force Strategic Language List. The program is designed to allow students to study at one of the 23 Language Flagship institutions focusing on Arabic, Chinese, Hindi Urdu, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, and Turkish, with the goal of Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Level 3 proficiency upon completion of the program.

The Air Force Foreign Language Flagship Scholarship Program is a joint initiative between Air Force ROTC and the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). Air Force ROTC will award a maximum of 4-year scholarships and DLNSEO will provide funding for the fifth year Capstone program overseas as well as attendance to intensive summer language programs, as needed, to Air Force ROTC students who successfully qualify for one of the Flagship programs. Air Force ROTC students need to meet The Language Flagship program language proficiency requirements for participation in selected summer language programs and the fifth year overseas Capstone program. The Language Flagship is an initiative of DLNSEO which promotes partnership between the federal government and the education community with the goal of building language programs that produce professionally proficient language speakers.

To be eligible for the scholarship, Air Force ROTC students must be enrolled in one of the Language Flagship programs and meet the following criteria:

  • Be an AS-100 or AS-200 cadet
  • Meet Air Force ROTC cadet membership criteria (see AFROTCI 36-2011, paragraph 4.2)
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Possess a term GPA of at least 3.0
  • DoDMERB completed and certified
  • Passing physical fitness assessment (PFA) for the current term, if medically exempted from PFA, passing PFA from previous term
  • At least one standardized test (ACT, SAT or AFOQT) score in WINGS to calculate SAT-E. (Cadets are authorized to take the AFOQT early if they lack SAT or ACT scores, but it will count as one of their two authorized attempts.)

The Air Force ROTC universities identified for Flagship degree granting authority are listed below:

Arabic
University of Oklahoma (Detachment 675)
University of Texas – Austin (Detachment 825)
University of Maryland – College Park (Detachment 330)

Chinese
Arizona State University (Detachment 025)
Indiana University (Detachment 215)
University of Mississippi (Detachment 430)
Brigham Young University (Detachment 855)
Hunter College (Cross Town of Detachment 550)
San Francisco State University (Cross Town of Detachment 085)
University of Hawaii, Manoa (Cross Town of Detachment 175)
University of Minnesota (Cross Town of Detachment 415)
University of Oregon (Cross Town of Detachment 685)
University of Rhode Island (Cross Town of Detachment 115)
Western Kentucky University (Cross Town of Detachment 790)

Korean
University of Hawaii (Detachment 175)

Hindi Urdu
University of Texas – Austin (Detachment 825)

Persian
University of Maryland – College Park (Detachment 330)

Portuguese
University of Georgia (Detachment 160)

Russian
University of California – Los Angeles (Detachment 055)
University of Wisconsin – Madison (Detachment 925)
Bryn Mawr College (Cross Town of Detachment 750)
Portland State University (Cross Town of Detachment 695)

Swahili
Indiana University (Detachment 215)

Turkish
Indiana University (Detachment 215)

For additional information on the scholarship program, contact Mr. Jack Sanders at (334) 953-2654, jack.sanders@maxwell.af.mil, Capt Ken Wu at 334-953-3408, ken.wu@us.af.mil, or Ms. Pearlene Patterson at (334) 953-7945, pearlene.patterson@us.af.mil.

Army Foreign Language Flagship Scholarship Program

Army Cadet Command, in partnership with the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO), offers scholarships to Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students who enroll at one of the eligible Language Flagship centers focusing on Arabic, Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, and Turkish with the goal of Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Level 3 proficiency upon completion of the program.

The Army will provide dedicated scholarships to ROTC students participating in The Language Flagship programs. These scholarships will provide support during the school year. DLNSEO will provide funding for the Flagship Overseas Capstone year, as well as cover attendance to Flagship approved summer intensive language programs to qualified ROTC students.

Army ROTC students who wish to participate in The Language Flagship must apply through their university’s established process. The Army Foreign Language Flagship Scholarship applications will be centrally processed by Army Cadet Command and interviewed and boarded by Professors of Military Science under the current guidelines.

For additional information on the scholarship program, contact Mr. Ray Causey at (502) 624-5404, windle.r.causey.civ@mail.mil, or Mr. Joseph O’Donnell at (502)624-7046, joseph.f.odonnell3.civ@mail.mil.

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

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

My question is not answered here, whom can I contact?

Please contact us at rotc@iie.org or 1-800-618-6737, select option 3.