This summer I spent 6 weeks studying Chinese at Boston University for free. How did I do I that? I did it by applying through Project GO.
Project GO (Global Officers) is a program that offers scholarships to ROTC students (contracted or not) to study a critical language intensively and study abroad in countries in Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa. To apply to Project Go, you must select a language that you would like to study and an university that has that language program.
The languages that you can choose from are:
Arabic, Azeri, Chinese, Hausa, Hindi-Urdu, Kazakh, Korean, Pashto, Persian, Russian, Swahili, Tatar, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek, and Wolof.
If you’re a beginner in the language you choose to study, you will first study in a host university in the United States for about 6 weeks if you’re chosen for a scholarship. If you receive a B- or above in the course, not only will you receive college credit but also you can apply again for Project GO to study abroad the following year. For example, this summer I received an A for my Chinese course at Boston University. Next year I can apply again to study abroad in Shanghai through Boston University.
In my opinion, Project GO is a great program and I highly recommend it to any ROTC cadet. When I went to Boston University this summer, there were 5 of us cadets total. I, however, was the only one who actually had some experience with Chinese in the past. So, I was placed in the second semester Chinese course. I had class 4 times a week, Monday through Thursday, from 2 to 4:30. Everyday we had quizzes, review from the previous lesson, and then we started the new lesson. Each week we went through 2 lessons (with 2 parts in each lesson), covering 10 chapters by the end of the course. Not only that, I had to meet up with my tutor twice a week. And on weekends, the other Project GO students and I were to able to do some activities like go to Chinatown and go to a Chinese restaurant, try to order and speak in Chinese, learn how to make Chinese dumplings, try Qigong, walk on the Freedom trail, and so on. This, however, is only my experience of Project GO. Each university and each program is different. And everyone will have their own experience, intake, and outtake of the program.
If you want to apply or want more information on the program, here is the Project GO website: