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Please read the instructions below before submitting an application.

Summer Commitments

Every student must check with his/her cadre about any mandatory participation in service summer activities. Please do not apply for a Project GO-BU scholarship before confirming that your commitments may allow you to attend this summer.

Acceptance Priority and Levels Offered

Overall, our ideal candidate is a student who will pursue the study of a critical language to the highest levels of proficiency possible before commissioning. (STEM majors may be unable to take as much language as others; we ask only that they take all they can.) For this reason, we do not normally award scholarships to students who have begun one critical language but propose to drop it and switch to another.

Scholarships for Turkish support both complete beginners (for domestic study) and those who have already completed one or more years of Turkish study (for study in Izmir, Turkey). To encourage more applications to Turkish, students requesting this language as first choice receive an extra point (see the video here).

Beginning Russian is offered only in Boston (zero prior experience with the language is expected in beginning classes).

Beginning Chinese is likewise Boston only. Awards to study Chinese in Shanghai will go only to students who have already completed some formal study of Chinese. If you plan on applying for the Chinese program in Shanghai and have not yet studied Chinese at the time of application, you must show proof of enrollment for a Chinese course for the spring semester 2015 at your institution. Any award will be contingent on successful completion of that course.

Arabic scholarships are only for the Rabat Intensive Arabic Language program; applicants who are ready for second-year Arabic or higher receive strong preference.



If you plan to apply for a study abroad scholarship, begin preparations to obtain or renew your passport now. If you wait until you are awarded a scholarship, it may be too late.

  • If you already have a passport, check the expiration date and renew it if necessary. Passports must be valid through the duration of 2015.
  • If you will need a passport, make sure you have all your original documents (birth certificate, social security card, etc.) in order. If you need copies or replacements of these documents, now is the time to ask for them.
  • You can find more information about how to apply for a passport here: Travel.State.Gov

Again, do not wait until you have heard from Project GO-BU, as there is nothing we can do if your passport is not in order before the necessary deadlines, which may come before our correspondence.


Apply for a scholarship:

Deadline: January 8, 2015

All materials, including letters of recommendation, are due by the deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Important: Please do NOT directly apply to either the Boston University Summer Term or BU Study Abroad for any of the programs sponsored by Project GO-BU unless you are awarded a scholarship. Acceptance into either the Summer Term courses or the Study Abroad programs does NOT guarantee you will be awarded a scholarship. If you win a scholarship, there will be time to apply to these programs afterward.


Part 1. Complete and Submit Project GO-BU Online Application

Project GO-BU Online Application — available here.

Information you will need to complete the application:

  • Cadre contact information (immediate supervisor)
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Unofficial Transcript (PDF) including Fall 2014 grades
  • Ranked list of the languages you are willing to study. We favor candidates who can stay with a language through advanced proficiency. To encourage more applications to Turkish, we award them an extra point (see the video here).
  • Project GO-BU Common Application

What level of language should you apply to?

Project GO uses the following system to classify the courses. Note that it differs from most university course names — second-year study is “Beginner II,” for example.

  • Beginner I – no prior experience required
  • Beginner II – Students should have completed the equivalent of 2 semesters of study in the target language
  • Intermediate I – Students should have completed the equivalent of 4 semesters of study in the target language
  • Intermediate II – Students should have completed the equivalent of 6 semesters of study in the target language
  • Advanced I & II – Students should have completed the equivalent of 8 semesters or more of study in the target language

Please note that Project GO does NOT support repeating a level of a language that you have previously studied. For example, if you studied second-year Chinese and took a year off (or felt shaky), you are still expected to continue with third-year Chinese during your scholarship period, rather than repeating the second year.

Part 2. Letters of Recommendation

Have all letters sent directly to our office by the writer (not through you).

Electronic submissions are preferred.

1. Letter of Recommendation from a language professor (any language except English)

  • If you have had no language classes in college, but did take a language in high school, then a letter from a high-school language teacher is acceptable. In this case you must ALSO include one letter from a college instructor in any field.
  • If you have not taken a language in college, we will accept two letters of recommendation from professors in other subjects.
  • Please have your recommender(s) address the following points in his/her confidential recommendation letter:
    • Project GO-BU scholarships are very limited. Is this student mature, responsible, committed, and worthy of the opportunity?
    • Do you expect the student will complete the program if selected?
    • Do you have any concerns this student may not be able to acclimate to and/or succeed in a summer in Boston or – more challengingly – abroad?
    • Please describe the student’s academic (and language, if applicable) capabilities and behavior.

2. Confidential Letter of Recommendation from an officer in your ROTC program who knows you personally.

  • Must include: Cadre member’s full name, rank, phone number, and email
  • Please have your cadre complete and send to us (not to you!) the confidential recommendation form, which can be downloaded here: Commander Recommendation

Please have all letters sent via e-mail to:

Project GO-BU Administrator,

You may access the online application by following this link.