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Project Go

Project Global Officer, better known as Project GO, promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for Reserve Officer Training Corps students.

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Project Global Officer, better known as Project GO, promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for Reserve Officer Training Corps students. A Department of Defense program, it is sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education.

Virginia Tech’s Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures department has received Project GO grant funding since 2012, and is now in its fourth funding cycle. These scholarship funds provide eight weeks of fully funded, summer study-abroad for ROTC students, additional sections of critical language courses, and extracurricular programming.

The 2022 Project GO program at Virginia Tech includes funding for both Arabic and Russian programs of study. ROTC scholarship students will study Russian in Daugavpils, Latvia, and Arabic scholarship students will study in Nizwa, Oman.

At a Glance

Welcome to Project Global Officer (GO)

  • Project GO promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students so they may have the language skills and cultural knowledge necessary for effective leadership.
  • Project GO provides fully funded, eight-week scholarships for ROTC cadets to study strategic languages that are considered critical to national security, in immersive summer programs overseas or domestically.
  • Project GO is an initiative sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education. 
  • Virginia Tech’s Russian and Arabic Programs are honored to be recipients of a 2021-2022 Project GO award. VT’s Russian program will offer a study abroad program in Latvia in Summer 2022. VT’s Arabic program will offer a study abroad program in Oman in Summer 2022.
  • Project GO is focused on improving the language skills, regional expertise and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. Students of any major are encouraged to apply.
  • All ROTC students who have completed at least 2 semesters (or 1 year) of Russian and/or Arabic are invited to apply for a Project GO scholarship.

Announcements

  • Study Abroad Scholarship Application Due: January 12, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET
  • Study Abroad Notifaction Day: February 15, 2022
  • To Learn more about Project GO and to Apply:  Click on the link below or go to https://www.rotcprojectgo.org/
  • Participating students receive nine (9) credits in the target language.
  • Project Global Officer scholarships will be awarded to qualifying ROTC students from Virginia Tech and other universities for the summer study of Arabic and Russian language and culture.
  • Project GO does NOT cover the cost for a student’s passport.  If you do not have a passport that is valid until six months after your travel date, you must apply for an expedited passport immediately upon receiving your acceptance letter and provide Project GO staff an expected receipt date.  
  • The scholarship does not cover personal travel or spending money. 
  • The national application system has a 60-minute timeout so please save your work.  
  • You can apply for up to three overseas and three domestic programs (Total of Six).
  • All materials and applications have to be submitted through the national online system. The department cannot accept any documents not submitted online.
  • You do not have to complete your application, or submit all your documents, at one time.  
  • You must submit one letter of recommendation from your commanding officer and one letter from a language instructor/professor for consideration of a Virginia Tech scholarship.  
  • Submit your application when you are finished.  Do not wait on recommendation letters, since they can be added later. 
  • If your application is missing any part of the required materials at the close of the application period, your application will be marked incomplete and will not be considered for funding. 
  • Please note that acceptance of a Virginia Tech Project GO scholarship is also a commitment to continue studying the Russian language.  Students are expected to take another full year of Russian courses upon their return from study abroad. 

Please visit the Virtual Study Abroad Booth that introduces our program and Daugavpils in a compact and entertaining way featuring videos, narrated presentations, maps, student testimonials, and downloadable materials. 

Virtual Study Abroad Booth Link: http://study-abroad-fair.learnrussianineu.com/

Find Project GO on Social Media:

#ApplyProjectGO

Contact Us


If you have questions about anything Project GO, please contact us: 

Dr. Robert Efird 
Associate Professor 
Co-Director of Russian Program
Co-PI, Project GO
refird@vt.edu

Dr. Nadine Sinno 
Associate Professor 
Director of Arabic Program
Co-PI, Project GO
nadine7@vt.edu

Rhonda Pennington
Project GO Coordinator
540-231-9160
rwills@vt.edu

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

Related Program

The Russian Flagship Program at Virginia Tech is designed to provide students with the linguistic and cultural tools to achieve professional-level proficiency in Russian and a high degree of cultural competence. Through a combination of coursework, tutoring, co-curricular activities, and study abroad, students develop skills that prepare them for a wide variety of careers in public service and the private sector. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply to the program.