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Project GO Summer Programs Update

The Project GO Summer Study Abroad programs have been canceled for 2021. Plans are being made to replicate the programs as in-person/on-campus experiences at UNG. Details will be updated here when available. 

Please note that due to the fluidity of the current circumstances with COVID-19, our event operations could be impacted and are subject to change.

Project GO is an initiative sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education and National Security Education Office which provides scholarship funds to ROTC Cadets who wish to study a critical language during their college career.

Scholarships are available for both domestic and study abroad programs. The goal is to help ROTC students achieve at least an intermediate level of language proficiency by the time they graduate college.

What does Project GO Scholarship Cover?

The Project GO scholarship provides funding to students, including tuition, room and board, textbooks, visas, insurance, and travel expenses to and from the study destination. 

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Reasons to Apply
Receive a fully funded scholarship for critical language study
Earn university credits and fulfill language requirements
Contracted cadets may qualify for language proficiency bonus pay (CLIP-b)
Open pathways to new career opportunities requiring language and area studies

Application Information



  1. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  2. Must be an undergraduate or graduate student on track to commission through the Army, Naval, or Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), contracted or non-contracted, at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

Overseas Participants

  1. Must remain in ROTC for the duration of the program.
  2. Must not be commissioned officers.
  3. Must be in an inactive, non-drilling status.
  4. Must not be employed by the U.S. federal government or any foreign government.

Domestic Participants

Newly commissioned officers awaiting active duty, drilling members of the National Guard or Reserve, and Army Green to Gold members are eligible to participate in Project GO domestic programs only.

Not Eligible for Project GO

  1. Non-U.S. citizens
  2. Active duty military members (not participating in ROTC)
  3. Navy Seaman to Admiral Program members
  4. Officer Candidate School participants
  5. JROTC students
  6. Service academy students
  7. Federal government employees

Domestic Funding

Project GO Domestic Scholarship

Note: Application location and deadlines differ depending on student status.

The Project GO Domestic Scholarship can be applied to cover the cost of the Summer Language Institute (SLI) at UNG providing funding for tuition, fees, books, housing and meal plan. SLI participants earn 8 academic credit hours to fulfill the 1001-1002 foreign language required for most bachelor’s degrees at UNG. Choose to study Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Russian this summer.

I am an incoming Pre-Freshman Cadet/FROG.

Including spring 2021 cadets and incoming students who have been accepted and plan to attend UNG as an ROTC cadet. 

Complete an application for SLI, including the portions that are listed as Project GO specific.

I Am a Current ROTC Cadet at UNG or Another Institution

  1. Start the Project GO application process and create an account to begin.
  2. In the program selection portion of the application, select UNG Year 1 and the language you would like to study. You can apply for up to four programs at time.
  3. Be sure to send requests for recommendations through the application system before November 9, 2020.

Application dates

Request Recommendations Deadline:
November 9, 2020

Application Deadline:
February 17, 2021

Award Notification:
March 10, 2021

Student Decision Deadline:
March 17, 2021

Study Abroad Funding


Summer study abroad requirements vary per language. Most require at least two semesters, or the equivalent (1001, 1002, 2001, 2002) of the language completed prior to the start of the program. The UNG Year 3 Project GO programs prefer that students have completed through 2003-2004 of the target language.

Summer Programs

Complete TWO applications to properly apply

Complete an application for your selected summer study abroad program and one for the Project GO scholarship. You may work on completing them both at the same time.

Summer Study Abroad Programs

Summer Study Abroad Programs have been canceled for 2021. Future details will be updated here when available.

Project GO Scholarship

  • In the program selection portion of the Project GO application select UNG and the language program you would like to study.
  • You can apply for up to three programs at a time.

Applications Dates

Request Recommendations Deadline:
November 9, 2020

Application Deadline:
January 13, 2021 

Award Notification:
February 16, 2021

Student Decision Deadline:
February 23, 2021

What is Project GO?

Project GO is an initiative of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office. This scholarship is aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. Sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education, Project GO provides institutional grants to U.S. institutions of higher education with large ROTC student enrollments, to include the senior military colleges'

UNG has been a Project GO institution since 2008.

What languages can I study with Project GO

The Department of Defense has designated some languages as “strategic” because of the national need for trained speakers in those languages. These languages are also critical for U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.

Project GO supports programs in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Pashto
  • Persian (Dari, Farsi, Tajik)
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Uzbek

The University of North Georgia offers the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian
What are some benefits from doing a Project GO funded summer study program?

There are many benefits to participating in Project GO language programs, including:

  • Improving language proficiency
  • Qualifying for language proficiency bonus pay
  • Opening pathways to new career opportunities that require language and area studies
  • Earning university credits and fulfilling language requirements
Do I need prior language experience to participate?

You do not need language experience to apply for the Project GO scholarship, however, your language experience will determine which programs you are eligible to attend.

UNG’s program requirements are listed below:

  • Summer Language Institute (Domestic program) requires no previous language experience.
  • Summer Study Abroad requirements vary per language. However, most require at least 2 semesters, or the equivalent (1001, 1002, 2001, 2002) of the language completed prior to the start of the program.
  • Semester Study Abroad minimum requirements depend on the program and language. Please contact the Project GO office for more information.
I am a cadet at another university, may I apply?

Yes, if you are awarded funding through UNG’s Project GO program, you will need to apply for admission to UNG as a transient cadet.

I was recently accepted to UNG as a freshman cadet, but I have not yet started classes. May I apply?

Yes, we encourage you to apply for the Project GO Domestic scholarship to attend the Summer Language Institute (SLI) program.

If I am an ROTC cadet but in the National Guard or Reserves, am I eligible to apply for Project GO?

Yes, for domestic programs apply as usual. For study abroad programs, if awarded Project GO, you will need to go into inactive non-drilling status in order to participate in an overseas Project GO program.


Do I earn credit hours for these programs?

Yes, you will earn 8 foreign language credit hours during SLI. If you attend a study abroad program, you will earn up to 12 credit hours.

I am a transient student. Will the credits transfer to my home institution?

Yes, your application requires a letter from your home institution stating that they will accept the credits earned.

If I am not initially granted a scholarship, do you have a waitlist?

Yes, if you are not originally accepted and are not declined, you will be added to our waitlist. This means that is additional funding becomes available, your application will be re-evaluated and you have the potential to be granted a scholarship.

What is covered by the Project GO scholarship?

Project GO scholarships provide funding to students, including tuition, room and board, textbooks, visas, insurance, and travel expenses to and from the study destination. Please check with the program coordinator to confirm the out of pocket costs that you are responsible for covering.

How do I receive the funds if awarded the scholarship?

Funding will be distributed by the financial aid office.

Is funding available for semester long programs?

Semester program funding is available, however the amount awarded depends on the program. If the program is costs more to attend than attending UNG, the difference in cost is awarded. If the program is less expensive than attending UNG, funding is not awarded.

If I were to receive a Project GO scholarship, would I be required to extend my service commitment?

No, participation in a summer language program on a Project GO scholarship does not require any additional service commitments nor will it adversely affect your ROTC scholarship in any way.

Please note: using ROTC scholarships for funding summer studies may require extension of service but Project GO scholarships will not (please check your service policies).

I was previously awarded a Project GO scholarship. Am I eligible to receive funding again?

Yes, you are eligible to receive funding more than once.

Is Project GO part of the Army Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) program?

The Army CULP is a separate program from Project GO. Project GO funded summer studies can be done in addition to other summer service-specific training and deployments.

Need More Information?

You can also reach us at projectgo@ung.eduor by phone 706-867-4511.

Project GO UNG Dahlonega campus Office: 313 Barnes Hall

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