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Project GO

Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a Department of Defense initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities through language study for ROTC students.

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Arabic Program

UMD's Project GO Arabic Program offers a domestic and overseas track. The domestic track, which is hosted at the UMD's Summer Language Institute, offers Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of Arabic domestically.


Persian Program

UMD's Project GO Persian Program offers Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Content levels through the SLLC Summer Language Institute in College Park, MD.



Learn more about applying to a Project GO program.

About Project GO

The U.S. military needs future military officers who possess the necessary critical language and cross-cultural communication skills required for effective leadership in the 21st-century operational environment. Project GO is an initiative sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education.

As part of the Project GO Program, the University of Maryland will offer innovative, intensive domestic and overseas language instruction to ROTC students from a nationwide audience with the goal of helping students to reach an Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) 1 proficiency level in Arabic or Persian.  Accepted students will receive full scholarships for participation in these programs. 

Project GO students studying with UMD will have access to a wide variety of resources to support their studies during the year or summer, including an Arabic library with over 1,000 books, hundreds of in-language films for both Arabic and Persian, 24-hour student lounges with access to Persian and Arabic media, and an engaged and supportive learning community.  Students who will take part in our summer overseas program will benefit from pre-and post-program online resources, activities, and virtual language partners via an individualized student portal.

Resources for Project GO Students

Project GO Information

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Benefits of Project GO

Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus

Post Program Learning Resources

IRL / ACTFL Information

International Language Roundtable (ILR) Standards:

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Standards:

Morocco Study Abroad Information

Arabic and Persian Student Resources


UMD OPI level reading source:

Al Jazeera Reading Source:

News Sources:


How to create an Arabic Friendly document in Google Docs:


Listening Resource from UT:

News Video in Arabic:

Live Arabic TV Channels:


Project GO Faculty and Staff

Nahal Akbari-Saneh

Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Assistant Clinical Professor and Persian Flagship Program Director, Persian
Assistant Clinical Professor, Roshan Institute for Persian Studies

(301) 405-9910

Joseph Bass

Project Manager, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Flagships and Project GO, Arabic
Arabic Flagship Project Manager, Persian

Garrett Yocklin

Coordinator, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Summer Institute and Project GO, Arabic
Coordinator, Persian

(301) 405-8959

Connect With Us

Tel: 301.405.1086
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Mailing Address:
Project GO
University of Maryland
3124 HJ Patterson Hall
College Park, MD 20742