Please complete the Summer 2016 PGO Common Application and Project GO-BU Online Application before February 1st, 2016.
Part 1. Complete the PGO Common Application
Complete the Project GO-BU Online Application; upload your Common Application and transcripts.
Information you will need to complete the application:
- Cadre contact information (immediate supervisor)
- Cumulative GPA
- Unofficial Transcript (PDF) including Fall 2016 grades (you may submit these after Feb. 1st if you can prove they are not available by that date)
- Ranked list of the languages you are willing to study. We favor candidates who can stay with a language through advanced proficiency.
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 first-year Chinese and took a year off (or felt shaky), you are still expected to continue with second-year Chinese during your scholarship period, rather than repeating the first year.
Part 2. Letters of Recommendation
Please have all letters sent via e-mail to:
Project GO-BU Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please have your professor complete and send to us (not to you!) the confidential recommendation form, which can be downloaded here:
1. Letter of Recommendation from a language professor (any language except English)
- If you have not taken a language in college, we will accept two letters of recommendation from professors in other subjects.
2. Confidential Letter of Recommendation from an officer in your ROTC program who knows you personally.
- Please have your cadre complete and send to us (not to you!) the confidential recommendation form, which can be downloaded here:
Please read the instructions below CAREFULLY before submitting an application.
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 first awarded a scholarship by us. Acceptance into either the Summer Term courses or the Study Abroad programs does NOT increase your chances of being awarded a scholarship. If you win a Project GO-BU scholarship, there will be time to apply to these programs afterward.
Please do not apply for a Project GO-BU scholarship before confirming that your commitments may allow you to attend this summer. Our programs run 6 weeks (in Boston) or 8 weeks (abroad), a schedule that often is compatible with field training / LDAC / summer cruise obligations, but scheduling your summer ROTC training obligations can only be done by your CO.
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 2016.
- You can find more information about how to apply for a passport here: Travel.State.Gov
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 switch to another.
Beginning Russian is supported only for study in Boston (zero prior experience with the language is expected in beginning classes). Students who receive BU’s Beginning Russian scholarships are also (pending good results) guaranteed a full scholarship to study abroad in the subsequent summer! Your CO can often help you schedule ROTC summer commitments around your summer language study.
Second or Third Year Russian scholarships are offered for students to attend The University of Pittsburgh’s 8-week intensive program in Narva, Estonia (a Russian-speaking city on the Russian border). Awards to study Russian in Estonia will be awarded to students who have already completed 1-2 years’ worth of formal study of Russian. Any award will be contingent on successful completion of this prerequisite.
Beginning Chinese is supported only for study in Boston (zero prior experience with the language is expected in beginning classes). Students who receive BU’s Beginning Chinese scholarships are also (pending good results) guaranteed a full scholarship to study abroad in the subsequent summer! Your CO can often help you schedule ROTC summer commitments around your summer language study.
Second, Third, or Fourth Year Chinese scholarships are offered for students to attend BU’s 8-week summer program at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Awards are made only to students who have already completed at least one year’s formal study of Chinese or possess equivalent proficiency (including reading and writing ability). Any award will be contingent on successful completion of this prerequisite.
Second, Third, or Fourth Year Arabic scholarships are offered for students to attend BU’s 8-week summer Intensive Arabic Language program in Rabat, Morocco. Project GO-BU does not currently support beginning Arabic at any location, but only one year of prior Modern Standard Arabic is required for applicants to Rabat.