Opportunities for Current and Future UM ROTC Students Studying Critical/Strategic Languages
The University of Mississippi provides several advantages to ROTC students wishing to reach high proficiency in foreign language, especially Mandarin Chinese:
► Scholarships & Benefits for Chinese Flagship Students in Army or Air Force ROTC
Air Force & Army ROTC students who are also accepted into a Language Flagship Program are eligible for a ROTC-Flagship scholarship, which has the following benefits:
- Up to 4 years of full tuition (including non-resident fees)*
- or up to 4 years of room and board
- Air Force:
- Up to $18k / year
Flagship students in ROTC also receive
- Scholarships to cover the full programmatic cost for the Flagship overseas summer, including tuition, housing, airfare, etc., plus a meal stipend**
- Scholarships to cover the full programmatic cost for the Chinese Flagship Capstone year, including tuition, housing, airfare, etc., plus a meal stipend**
Flagship ROTC students, as with all ROTC students, are also eligible for the applicable opportunities described in the Project GO section below.
* To receive a full 8 semesters of scholarship funding, you must apply and be accepted into Flagship directly out of high school and complete the necessary paperwork through ROTC early in fall semester of your freshman year.
** Flagship scholarships are always dependent on federal budgeting and are never guaranteed in advance
► ROTC Project GO opportunities (open to all ROTC students studying Chinese)
Project GO has benefits that apply to UM ROTC students in the Flagship track as well as the regular track of Chinese curriculum:
- Eligibility to participate in any Project GO summer program, offered by any program in the country.
- FRESHMAN ROTC students who are unable to begin Chinese during their first year at Ole Miss may consider taking year 1 of Chinese in the summer after freshman year by applying for and attending a Beginner I GO program, advertised on the national Project GO website: rotcprojectgo.org. This will allow them to get on track for the major or minor by completing the 200 level as sophomores. Older students may do so as well, but we strongly encourage students to start the language as early as possible and to attend Project GO as early as their first summer. All summers may pose obstacles to study abroad, and most ROTC-related summer training conflicts can be worked around with careful planning and commander support, but the earlier you begin, the more likely you are to be able to attend Project GO for 2 or even 3 summers. This vastly increases your chances of reaching a high proficiency level and obtaining enough credits to complete the major or minor. It also cuts down on the academic strain you might face during the academic year.
- Any Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior in ROTC who wishes to START or CONTINUE Mandarin coursework can apply and attend Project GO. Students in National Guard are limited to domestic programs, which can be found on the national website. All others are encouraged to consider our own ROTC Project GO Summer in Shanghai Program, which offers 100, & 200 level instruction. Students may choose to return multiple summers for higher credits, or may alternatively choose to apply and attend another Project GO program at another site in China.
► ROTC Project GO General Information
ROTC PROJECT GO
National Website: rotcprojectgo.org
Purpose: Programming and funding for ROTC students to complete intensive language study for academic credit during the summer
Cost: Nothing. Project GO programs provide FULL SCHOLARSHIPS for all participants, including tuition, airfare, visa fees, and even a meal stipend.
- Arabic, Chinese, Russian,
- Hindi-Urdu, Korean, Persian (Dari, Farsi, or Tajik), Swahili, Turkish,
- Azeri, Hausa, Kazakh, Pashto, Tatar, Turkmen, Uyghur/Uzbek, Wolof
Program Length: Two months (8-9 weeks). Exact dates vary. Some programs may be willing to work with students who have a slight overlap in summer training dates.
- Each language offered in different cities & countries by different Project GO programs.
- A student can experience different cultural environments by Start early and attending Project GO more than once.
- Project GO programs are provided by American universities and typically grant 8 to 12 university language credits,
- Credits transfer to the student’s home institution.
- The specifics are be posted on each program’s listing on the national website.
- ROTC students in good standing who have the intention and ability to commission.
- They do NOT need to be contracted
- They do NOT need to be a language major.
- Students remain eligible until they have graduated or commissioned.
- See the FAQ section of the national Project GO website for further details on eligibility.
Eligibility Time Frame:
- Students can attend a GO program any and all summers that they are in good standing and not yet commissioned.
- Depending on their commissioning date, some students may remain eligible for the summer after senior year, which can help tremendously in some cases for students to complete a language major or minor.
- ROTC programs often grant scholarships or pay for each language course or credit The amount varies by ROTC branch and language taken.
- Military personnel who reach the necessary proficiency level in a language can receive supplements to their regular pay checks simply for possessing language skills.
Potential Summer Conflicts:
- Many students are able to complete required ROTC training and a Project GO program in the same summer.
- Commanders are key in ensuring that good student develop 4-year plans that maximize their Project GO opportunities and increase their ability to complete majors or minors and reach high proficiency levels and cultural knowledge that will be useful in their careers.
- Once accepted to the GO Program(s), the commander can help ensure that students get any ROTC training slots needed to prevent scheduling conflicts. This is usually successful, since Project GO is an academic program of high value to the military.
► UM Project GO Summer in Shanghai Program
The University of Mississippi ROTC Project GO Chinese Program in Shanghai
Location: Shanghai University
Cost: Full Scholarship including all travel and academic fees, plus a meal stipend
Dates: June 15 – Aug. 7 (changes slightly from year-to-year)
Credits Earned: 10 (equiv. to 2 sems) from The University of Mississippi
Levels Offered: 1st & 2nd years
Class Size: 8 students max
Curriculum: Rigorous, effective, adaptable to students’ needs. Engaging style that promotes self expression and discussion with strong emphasis on proficiency gains. Morning and afternoon courses and small-group drilling sessions. Students are introduced to military terminology in Chinese.
Housing: single occupancy dorm in center of scenic campus – clean, comfortable, close to classrooms, dining facilities, markets, and public transport
Organized Trip: Beijing
Local Excursions: The Bund, Huangpu River, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai Urban Planning Museum, Pearl Tower, Yu Garden (Old Shanghai markets)
Eligibility: current ROTC students (including non-contracted), who have finished the equivalent of 0-2 semesters of formal Chinese study. Students in Army National Guard and students soon to commission may not be able to travel abroad on Project GO funds.
How to Apply: visit www.olemiss.edu/chinese/projectgo/
Application Deadline: Feb. 1
Note: Students are encouraged to go abroad with Project GO as early as summer after freshman year. Many students have returned up to 3 times.