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-two 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. ROTC students commonly use their first summer of Project GO funding to begin their language study 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. Project GO accepts cadets and midshipman with no prior language study as well those with existing language skills who are looking for an immersive experience.

KU's Project GO programming offers introductory-level instruction in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Russian on campus as well as study abroad programs for Arabic at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, and for Portuguese at the Clara Ramos Institute in Salvador, Brazil.

Project GO is an initiative sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered 
by the Institute of International Education.

Project GO Snapshot

Languages offered at KU:
Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian

Languages offered at other Project GO institutions:
Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu

Applications for Study Abroad programs due Jan 13, 2021.

Applications for domestic programs due Feb 17, 2021.

  • Intensive 8 week program during the summer covers two semesters of language.
  • ROTC Cadets and Midshipmen are eligible to receive scholarships for multiple semesters of summer study.
  • 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.

Morocco Study Abroad Dates:
May 27 - Jul 30, 2021

Brazil Study Abroad Dates:
May 28 - Jul 24, 2021

Domestic program Dates:
Jun 8 - Jul 30, 2021

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