Photo by Project GO-BU Arabic scholar, Stefania Cotei. 2015 Summer in Rabat.

Photo by Project GO-BU Arabic scholar, Stefania Cotei. 2015 Summer in Rabat.

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 2015-16 phase of the project, the principal language programs supported by Project GO-BU are Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. 

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. Over the summer, Project GO-BU provides fully funded scholarships for successful ROTC applicants to study a critical language at BU (for complete beginners), and additional scholarships for ROTC students to study second-year or higher levels of language abroad in the summer in Morocco, China, or (for Russian) Estonia. (Both competitions for summer scholarships are open to ROTC students from any US university.)

Thirteen critical languages and 23 languages overall are regularly taught at BU. Few universities in the US offer regular instruction in so many languages and support this instruction, as BU does, with full-time continuing faculty members.

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

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