Scholarships Funding ROTC Students to Study Critical Languages

Project Global Officers is an a national initiative to encourage ROTC students across the country to study critical languages and develop regional expertise and intercultural skills. With funding from the National Security Education Program and Defense Language National Security Education Office and administration from the Institute of International Education, the University of Kansas is one of twenty-five universities in the U.S. that can award Project GO (Global Officers) scholarships to study a critical language on the KU campus or on KU summer study abroad programs. Intensive summer language study gives ROTC students the chance to add a critical language to their current undergraduate major.  This preparation helps ROTC students stand out among their peers and gain valuable experience in learning to interact with people from around the world in another language.  These rich multi-cultural experiences are available to eligible* undergraduate ROTC students.

Intensive language study is available on campus as well as abroad. In the ideal academic program, the ROTC student would use the first summer of Project GO funding to start the study of a language in the US, and a second summer of funding from Project GO to study the language intensively abroad.  During the academic year between those summers, students can work with a conversation partner on a weekly basis to maintain their skills.

KU's Project GO programming offers introductory-level instruction in Japanese and Russian on campus and study abroad for Arabic at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco and Portuguese in Slavador, Brazil.

Project GO Snapshot

Languages Offered through KU:

  Arabic, Japanese
Portuguese, Russian

Languages through fellow Project GO institutions:

Chinese, Hindi

Indonesian, Korean

Persian, Swahili

Turkish, Urdu


Intensive 8 week program during the summer covers two semesters of language.
Students can be funded multiple summers.
Typical program: Summer 1 students start a language at KU or another Project GO campus; Summer 2 students study the language abroad.
Students with existing, high-level language proficiency may qualify for Project GO Advanced and should contact the program manager.
Language maintenance tutors are provided throughout the program and academic year.

Study Abroad applications due January 18, 2019

Study Abroad Award Day: February 13, 2019

Domestic applications due February 22, 2019

Domestic Study Award Day: March 14, 2019

Study Abroad Brazil Dates 2019: June 1 - July 13
Study Abroad  Morocco Dates 2019: June 2 - July 29
Domestic Study Dates 2019: June 4 - July 26
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