Corps Global Leadership Initiatives

A Program to Develop Leaders

The Corps Global Leadership Initiatives Program is a program designed to build the next generation of leadership skills for the US military, government, and business. The program focuses on developing a context of international awareness, regional expertise, and language competence among the cadets at Texas A&M University. The Corps Global Leadership Initiatives Program is a partnership between the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M, the Department of International Studies, the Study Abroad Programs Office, and the Confucius Institute.

International Awareness

The world is rapidly changing, presenting new challenges to the US military, government, and businesses. Cultural, financial, political, and military trends have shifted to parts of the world that call upon us to develop new skills, new forms of expertise, and a willingness to understand parts of the world that are not familiar to many Americans. The Corps Global Leadership Initiatives Program at Texas A&M is designed to create experiences for cadets that will help to develop critical awareness of the implications of these changes and spur new strategic thinking.

Regional Expertise

Non-Western nations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East as well as Central and South America now play a significantly larger role in global security and finance than they have in the past and present challenges to traditional thinking. The Corps Global Leadership Initiatives Program helps to develop exposure to these regions, the demographic, geopolitical, and military trends, to create opportunities for cadets to develop expertise in these little understood regions, and to prepare cadets for leadership in those regions.

Language Competence

The key to effective leadership is the ability to effectively communicate within a variety of contexts. Language skills create the foundation upon which all cross-cultural leadership is based. The Corps Global Leadership Initiatives Program at Texas A&M University is designed to develop skills in the critical languages of Arabic, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese, and these goals are supported by on-campus courses and study abroad programs.

Corps International Excursions

Corps of Cadets International Excursions are short-term study abroad programs offered up to 3 times per year. On each trip, 26 cadets receive an intense international experience while gaining insight into the cultures, languages, and geopolitical issues of key nations. The Excursions provide opportunities for cadets to interact with their peers from other host nations, and gain understanding of the important geopolitical issues facing those nations. Cadets are selected for participation on the basis of academic and extracurricular merit. Recent excursions include travel to Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, China, Korea, India, Chile, Singapore, Indonesia, Georgia, Armenia, Germany, and Poland.

The Project Global Officers (Project GO) scholarship program is an initiative of the US Department of Defense that is aimed at improving strategic language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. Project GO programs focus exclusively on the languages and countries of the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa to provide ROTC students with international skills for effective leadership.

Scholarship Details

Full funding is offered for study abroad programs focused on intensive language study in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Russian and can be for summer, spring, or fall language immersion study.

Scholarship funds cover the cost of:

  • Transportation to and from the study abroad location
  • Accommodations
  • Field trips and excursions included in the academic program
  • International health insurance
  • Visa application fee
  • Program tuition and fees
  • Any required textbooks

Eligibility Criteria for domestic and/or study abroad:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student on track to commission through AROTC, AFROTC, or NROTC
  • US Citizen
  • Any major of academic study
  • Must have completed the first year of language study
  • Program must be at least 8 weeks long
  • Program must focus on strategic language study (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Russian)

Eligibility Criteria for domestic program only:

  • Drilling member of the National Guard or Reserve
  • Newly commissioned officers awaiting active duty
  • Army Green to Gold members

Not Eligible for Project GO:

  • Active duty military (not participating in ROTC)
  • Navy Seamen to Admiral Program
  • Officer Candidate School
  • JROTC
  • Service academies

How to Apply

  • Discuss the scholarship program and available program options with Project GO coordinator Conny Hauf.
  • DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION and STATEMENT OF PURPOSE.
  • Fill in the personal information, except the section about your study abroad program.
  • Visit the Study Abroad Programs Office and talk to the study abroad advisor about the program dates and the courses you will attend. Have the study abroad advisor sign your application form.
  • Collect the necessary signature of your Military Science instructor for your application.
  • Write your statement of purpose.
  • Send the completed scholarship application and statement of purpose to Conny Hauf (chauf@tamu.edu) or deliver it to her mailbox at ACAD 102 by January 17, 2017.
  • Applicants must have a valid passport with six months validity from departure date or acquire one by March 1, 2017.

For more information, please contact:

Conny Hauf, Program Coordinator

Phone: (979-458-1309)

E-mail: (chauf@tamu.edu).

Upcoming Study Abroad

“Critical Language” is a designation used by the US Government to describe languages that are not often studied by US citizens, but are greatly needed for diplomatic and national defense purposes. Generally, they are the languages of people in strategic areas-places where the US needs diplomatic, political, or commercial information. Texas A&M University has some of the best critical language study abroad programs in Chinese, Russian, and Arabic. TAMU faculty-led programs offer language classes opening up critical language study and cultural immersion to cadets who have no prior language experience. These programs also qualify for ROTC students who are eligible for Project GO scholarships. Application deadlines for TAMU faculty-led study abroad programs vary. Students should anticipate deadlines as early as January 1, 2015. For more information on individual programs, please follow the Study Abroad Program link below. Information about additional study language programs is available at the Study Abroad Programs Office in Bizzell Hall West, first floor. Please ask for Jordan Land for more information regarding study abroad programs.

Visit the Study Abroad Office Website

Why Study Critical Languages?

While English has become the language of international business, science, politics, and the Internet, it is not the language in which most of the world thinks. Chinese, Arabic, Bahasa, Farsi, and others are “critical to our country.” The countries where these are spoken are enormously different from the U.S. Therefore, it is especially important that people in the U.S. obtain a better understanding of how the people in those countries think, what they want, and how they live. You can’t do any of those things without developing language and intercultural skills.

And, if you study one seriously, you will accumulate knowledge that is exceptionally valuable, and that few other people in the U.S. are likely to have. Critical language skills are so highly valued in various government agencies that the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) was developed as a US government inter-agency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying these languages.

The rewards for critical language fluency are great. Officers in the military receive incentive pay for fluency in these languages. In addition, critical language ability can open new job opportunities within the government or business, new opportunities for leadership, and great personal benefits. For those who do not plan to seek a commission in the military, there are still compelling benefits to critical language skills.

Professions such as law, diplomacy, and business all have a tremendous need for highly skilled professionals who can successfully interact with China, the Middle East, and other parts of the world where critical languages are spoken. Foreign language proficiency will greatly enhance one’s career potential, and lead to significant new opportunities. International corporations are learning that competition is arising in certain countries where critical languages and English are spoken by a vast majority of skilled workers.

Critical language skills also add to a cadet’s leadership potential and provide a strategic tool to a cadet’s ability to interact successfully in multiple global environments.

Finally, study of a critical language will add a new and compelling aspect to a cadet’s academic life. In addition to majors that require a foreign language, such as International Studies, these language skills are also valued in technical majors, such as engineering, science, and architecture.