Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students. Project GO programs focus on the languages and countries of the Middle East, Asia, Central Asia, Africa, and South America.

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In order to be eligible, at the time of application, an applicant must be:

-A U.S. citizen and an undergraduate or graduate student on track to commission through the Army, Naval, or Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), contracted or non-contracted, at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

Some schools (like Virginia Tech’s Chinese, Arabic and Russian programs) require a year of study of the language before participation, or a year of study at the university after the selection or both.  Other schools (like JMU’s Swahili program) do not require any study of the language before or after the program.

There are 12 languages offered at programs run from 28 different universities.  Virginia Tech cadets can apply to any of the programs with any university.  Languages include Arabic, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Persian (Dari, Farsi, Tajik), Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

Most Project GO experiences are 8 weeks long in the summer.  Cadets usually earn 6 credits of language and 3 credits of culture over their summer experience.  A common format of instruction is 4 hours of 1 teacher with 2-3 students for half the day and immersion in the local culture for the remainder of the day.

Cadet Roberts during her Project GO trip to Tanzania to study Swahili