project go students

Welcome to the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Project GO site! Embry-Riddle is proud to have offered a Project GO program since 2009.

Embry-Riddle Project Global Officer (GO) is a six to eight-week intensive language and cultural immersion program provided to ROTC cadets with a Chinese language or Arabic language focus. Project GO is an initiative sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education. 

All students in the Chinese language program will be taught by both American and local Taiwanese faculty. Classes will meet four hours each weekday, with tutoring and assignments required outside of the classroom. On the weekend, students will have the opportunity to participate in four prearranged weekend trips to the mountains, cultural dwellings, and museums.

All students in the Arabic language program will be taught by ERAU faculty. Classes will meet four hours each weekday, with tutoring and assignments required outside of the classroom. On the weekend, students will have the opportunity to participate in prearranged weekend trips to locations such as Petra, the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum and other historical and religious sites.

If admitted, full scholarship is guaranteed and includes: 

  • Tuition/fees
  • Room and Board
  • Travel to/from study location
  • Books (will be given to participants on-site)
  • Insurance
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Weekend trips 

*The scholarship does not include personal spending money, personal travel, and costs for obtaining a passport, medication, and expenses for dependents. 

*During the program dates, including weekends, Project GO does not allow its scholarship recipients to leave the host country.

*Monetary Incentive: Check with your respective military branch to learn more about the financial benefits available for studying a critical language. 

*Non-ROTC students are invited to apply to this program, but the Project GO scholarship is open only to ROTC students.

Additional Details 

Housing: ERAU Project GO program housing for the Chinese language program is provided by National Kaohsiung Normal University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. ERAU Project GO program housing for the Arabic language program is provided by University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan. 

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Google Maps: National Kaohsiung Normal University

Google Maps: University of Jordan

 

Program Levels

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There are three courses (9 credits):

Current Topics: provides various opportunities for students to develop the ability to narrate, describe, and explain issues concerning the public, such as transportation. Interviewing Taiwanese students, retirees, and women will be part of the course experience. Textbook: Advanced Listening.

Reading Chinese, using authentic and short material written for native speakers, with hands-on reading games, reading strategies, and visit to the library of Chengchi University. Textbook: A Course in Contemporary Chinese, Level 4.

Asian Geography: various aspects of Asian geography. Each student will research, prepare, and report on an Asian country.

*Applicants of the advanced program will be interviewed for their language proficiency by the program director.

There are three courses (9 credits): 

Speech

Cross-Cultural Communication

Introduction to Geography

Observing communication patterns in shopping, and being a local student for a day will be part of the Year 3 learning experience. Textbook: Developing Chinese Fluency.

**Intermediate will not be offered for the 2022 program**

There are three courses (9 credits): 

Experiencing Taiwan

Enhancing Listening Skills

Enhancing Reading Skills

Shopping in Chinese, interviewing local inhabitants, and dining in local restaurants are part of the Year 2 learning experience. Textbook: Taiwan Today

*Please note there will be an on-site pre-program speaking assessment for all admitted students. 

Requirements

Application

All applicants MUST use the Project GO central application system to apply. Please go to Project GO to apply.  In addition to completing the application, students will be asked to submit a university transcript, a letter of recommendation from an ROTC office, and a letter of recommendation from a language instructor.  Be sure to ask your commanders and Chinese instructors to write recommendations early in the process. Many campuses have staff dedicated to helping scholarship applicants with their essays; check with your Prestigious Awards and Fellowships office to see what resources they have for you.

The deadline for application is midnight EST, January 14, 2022.

Passport

If you do not have a valid passport, you need to apply for one. If you do not have one, you will not be considered for this program.

Questions and More Information

We are here to answer any questions that you might have regarding the program and application process. The goal of Project GO is "improving the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers." Our goal is to facilitate your experience—let us know how we can help!  If you would like to learn more about Project GO, visit the national website at https://www.rotcprojectgo.org/

Contact Us

Dr. Aaron Clevenger
Assistant Provost & Senior International Officer
Sarah Orfinger Russell
Project GO Coordinator

Other Questions about Study Abroad?

Sue Macchiarella
Daytona Beach Office of Global Engagement
goglobal@erau.edu
386-226-6634