Scholarships Funding ROTC Students to Study Critical Languages

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Project GO-BU Chinese scholars on a day trip to Suzhou, China. Photo courtesy of Isabelle Nguyen-Phuoc, summer 2016

Program Information:

Project GO, a nationwide initiative of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office, seeks to strengthen future military officers’ competence in critical world languages. Boston University has been part of Project GO since 2009.

In the 2016-17 phase of the project, the principal language programs supported by Project GO-BU are Chinese, Japanese and Russian. 

Over the summer, Project GO-BU provides fully funded scholarships for successful ROTC applicants to study Beginner Chinese or Russian at BU, Second-year Japanese at BU, and STUDY ABROAD summer scholarships for ROTC students to study 2nd & 3rd year Japanese in Kyoto, Japan, or 2nd – 5th year Chinese in Shanghai, China.

During the academic year, Project GO-BU provides peer tutoring, virtual language maintenance and cultural enrichment for ROTC students currently enrolled in the study of a critical language at BU.

Project GO-BU is an initiative funded by over $2.5 million in grants awarded to BU’s Department of World Languages and Literature (WLL) by the U.S. Department of Defense. Professor William Waters, of Boston University’s Department of World Languages and Literature, wrote the grant proposals and serves as Executive Director of Project GO-BU. You may contact the Project GO-BU Administrator at

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