The Department of Defense’s Project GO program provides ROTC students with the opportunity to study abroad and gain language skills and cultural expertise in strategic areas of the world.
Evan Furgal, a Virginia Tech ROTC student, participated in the Project GO program and had a positive experience studying Arabic in Nizwa, Oman.
The program offers immersive language training, with classes during the weekdays and language partners who are Omani college students to practice speaking and learn more about the cultural aspects of Arabic.
Furgal emphasized the practical application of learning a language in a real-life setting, such as going to markets or restaurants with language partners.
While the program is funded by the Department of Defense, students are responsible for their time commitment, but Furgal believes it is time well spent.
The Project GO program is available to ROTC students at 22 universities across the country, regardless of their major or minor, although preference is given to those with language experience.
Furgal’s participation in the program aligns with his pursuit of a degree in national security and foreign affairs, along with a minor in Arabic.
Overall, the Project GO program provides an opportunity for ROTC students to broaden their cultural knowledge and language skills while studying abroad in strategic locations.