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, which has received more than $2.5 million in Project GO grant funding since 2012, is now in its third funding cycle. The funds provide summer study-abroad scholarships for ROTC students, additional sections of critical language courses, and extracurricular programming.
Funding for the Project GO program at Virginia Tech has been provided in Russian since 2012 and in Arabic and Chinese from 2012 to 2018. ROTC scholarship students have studied Russian in Moscow, Russia, and in Daugavpils, Latvia; Arabic in Nizwa, Oman; and Mandarin in Guilin, China.
Since receiving this funding, Virginia Tech’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures has added a major in Russian and minors in Arabic and Chinese; a major in Arabic currently awaits final approval.
At a Glance
Project GO at Virginia Tech (Since 2012)
- Total Grant Amount $2,537,686 > Number of Study-Abroad Scholarships 160
- Average Amount of Study-Abroad Scholarships Per Student $8,561
- ROTC Student Enrollments in Critical Languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian) 887
The Virginia Tech Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures offers instruction in 12 languages, conducts international research, and serves students throughout the university
- Deadline for applying is January 13, 2020
- Overseas selection notification day Feburary 12, 2020
- Project GO provides full study abroad scholarships to ROTC students.
- Virginia Tech currently offers scholarships to study Russian.
- Students study during the summer in Daugavpils, Latvia.
- Students stay with host-families.
- Project GO does NOT cover the cost for a student’s passport. If you do not have a valid passport, 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.
- If your application is missing any part of the required materials at the close of the application period (January 13, 2020), your application will be marked incomplete and will not be considered for funding.
- 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. They can be added later.
- Virginia Tech has a pre-requisite of one full year of Russian.
- 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.
- Virginia Tech, as a senior military college, gives admission priority to Virginia Tech students.
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.