Scholarships Funding ROTC Students to Study Critical Languages

What is Project GO?

Am I eligible to apply for funding?

What does the funding cover?

Do I need to be a KU student to apply?

What critical languages are offered for summer study at KU?

What if I'm already taking these languages, can I still do a summer course?

What are the program dates?

Can I apply for both domestic study and study abroad?

Do I have to study abroad?

Will classes taken through Project GO affect my GPA?

I am not a student at KU.  How will I receive my scholarship funding?

What’s the deadline?

I am freshman, should I use my high school transcript on the application form?

If I study domestically, is housing provided?

I got my student ID number in the mail. Now what do I need to do?

How will I be reimbursed for travel (applies to students traveling to KU only)?

What is Project GO?

Project GO stands for Project Global Officers.  This national program provides scholarship funding to eligible ROTC students to study a critical language on a U.S. campus or abroad for intensive instruction and is sponsored by the Defense Language National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute for International Education. A student can be funded multiple times to help them reach a higher language level. The study of these critical languages and cultures is considered a crucial task by the Department of Defense.

Am I eligible to apply for funding?

In applying for Project GO funding, you will be required to state:

1.) You are a U.S. Citizen.

2.) You are not and will not be on active duty during the program dates if you are intending to use Project GO funds for study abroad.  You may receive Project GO funding for Summer Domestic study if you will be newly commissioned and awaiting active duty. 

3.) You are an undergraduate student, and you will still be an undergraduate student at the time of the program.

4.) You are enrolled in a ROTC leadership lab or ROTC class.

5.) You have the intent AND the ability to commission.

Domestic study only:

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

NOT eligible:

Active duty
Marines Platoon Leaders Class
Navy Seamen to Admiral Program
Officer Candidate School
Military academies
JROTC

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What does the funding cover?

KU's funding covers your tuition and campus fees, books, room and board. For domestic programs, travel costs can be reimbursed up to $400.  For study abroad programs, the cost of international airfare will be covered within reason (this is determined by the Project Manager). The funding does not promise to cover all expenses for either domestic or abroad programs, and students may accrue some out-of-pocket costs due to personal spending. 

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Do I need to be a KU student to apply?

No. We welcome applications from ROTC students matriculated as undergraduates in the US.  KU students are also eligible to apply to other universities' Project GO funds for programs at those universities.

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What critical languages are offered for summer study at KU?

KU is offering Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian at the beginning level. Arabic and Hindi are offered to study abroad.

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What if I’m already taking these languages, can I still do a summer course?

Absolutely. If you are already studying Arabic or Hindi you should apply for Project GO at KU funding to study abroad. KU currently offers a study abroad trip to students of Arabic in Ifrane, Morocco and to students of Hindi in Landour, India.  Students of the other languages should visit the main Project GO website to apply for other schools' programs directly. back to top

What are the program dates?

The dates for 2018 are June 4-July 27 for domestic study, June 2-July 29 for Morocco and June 2-July 14 for India. 

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What if my language or study abroad plan isn’t available at KU?

Check the national website for other options. KU students can study with other universities by applying for their funding.

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Can I apply for both domestic study and study abroad?

Yes, but you will need to fill out two applications, although your essays and recommendations can be similar and in some cases can be used for both applications. Create your application here: http://www.rotcprojectgo.org/apply-now

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Do I have to study abroad?

No, you can study domestically.  A second Project GO scholarship is generally awarded only if the student will be studying abroad.  In other words, Project GO does not want to fund two summers of domestic study in the same language.

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Will classes taken through Project GO affect my GPA?

If you are currently a KU student, your grades from summer study at KU or in a KU study abroad program will count toward your overall GPA.  We strongly encourage students to take their language courses for a letter grade, since to fulfill the expectations for Project GO (reaching ILR Level 1 in speaking, reading and listening), students need to engage deeply in learning the language.  Nevertheless, students do have the option of enrolling in classes on a pass-fail basis.  If you are studying at KU, but are matriculating at another college or university, you should check your college's or university's policies concerning transfer credits and how transferred courses fit into your GPA.

If studying abroad, you should check with the Office of Study Abroad on your campus for questions about how credits will transfer back. 

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I am not a student at KU.  How will I receive my scholarship funding?

When you accept the Project GO scholarship funds for domestic study at KU or for study abroad, we will get you admitted to KU, and KU will open a student account for your expenses and scholarship funding. The disbursement of funds into your account will occur around the day classes begin. Travel reimbursements will be put into the bank account that you designate and is tied to your student account. 

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What’s the deadline?

Abroad applications are due January 25, 2018. Domestic applications are due February 20, 2018.

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I am a freshman, should I use my high school transcript on the application form?

No. Your first semester's grades will suffice.  KU students can use an Academic Summary in lieu of a transcript. 

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If I study domestically, is housing provided?

Yes, it is.  You will also be awarded a meal plan. 

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I got my student ID number in the mail. Now what do I need to do?

You need to set-up your online ID so that you can access your account at KU.  You can find the page to do that here. After you get your online ID, you need to set up a Direct Deposit Account so that you can receive your stipend or ticket reimbursement. Use your KU online ID to login into Enroll & Pay. Navigate to “Campus Finances” and then navigate to “Direct Deposit for Refunds”,  click "Accept Agreement" and then add your account information which can be found from your online banking account or on a check.

How will I be reimbursed for travel (applies to students traveling to KU only)?

Students traveling to KU for the summer program can be reimbursed for travel up to $400.  In order to do this, you will need to submit your flight itinerary or receipts for fuel purchase to the Program Manager. The amount you paid (up to $400) will then be deposited into the bank account you have linked to your KU Enroll & Pay account.


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