Scholarships for ROTC Students to Study in China

“…[A]cross the force, we're investing in new skills and specialties, because in the 21st century, military strength will be measured not only by the weapons our troops carry, but by the languages they speak and the cultures that they understand.”
- President Barack Obama (August 17, 2009)

Project GO (Global Officer), is a Department of Defense initiative administered by the Institute of International Education on behalf of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office. By providing funding to ROTC students for study of critical languages, the program aims to improve the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers.

Project GO-Duke, administered by the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI), offers scholarships to ROTC students from any service and any US university to study Chinese on the Duke Study in China Programs.

For 2014, we will offer Project GO scholarships for both of our Duke in China study abroad programs. Follow links below to learn more about the programs; explore menu at left to learn more about Project GO-Duke:

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world, spoken by over 1 billion people in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Singapore, as well as in communities throughout Southeast Asia and around the globe.  Learning Chinese and becoming familiar with Chinese culture will open doors to the world’s most populous nation, its second largest economy, and one of the United States’ biggest trading partners.

Attaining competency in a foreign language will also qualify you for language incentive pay (specific policies vary by service). Studying abroad on a Project GO scholarship does not carry any additional service requirement.

Duke Study in China participants earn academic credit. The spring program awards credit equivalent to four courses: two Chinese language courses and two non-language courses. The summer program awards credit equivalent to two semester-length language courses.

For more information on Project GO-Duke, please contact Tanya Lee:; 919-668-2280.

Project GO funding is also available through other universities nationwide for study of other critical languages.  For information on other programs and Project GO generally, please visit: - review the Project GO FAQ and explore the database of all current Project GO programs.

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