Scholarships Funding ROTC Students to Study Critical Languages

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Project GO-BU Chinese scholars on a day trip to Tongli, China. Photo courtesy of Robert Ticzon, summer 2017

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 2017-18 phase of the project, the principal language programs supported by Project GO-BU are Chinese and Russian. 

Over the summer, Project GO-BU provides fully funded scholarships for successful ROTC applicants to study Beginner Chinese or Russian at BU or 2nd – 4th 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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