The Army recognizes the need for leaders to develop more cultural awareness and foreign language proficiencies now more than ever. Since overseas immersions help educate our future leaders in ways classroom instruction simply cannot, Cadets now have the opportunity to compete for participation in the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) Program in more than 40 countries. These opportunities exposes them to everyday life in different cultures and intensifies language study, helping to produce commissioned officers who possess the right blend of language and cultural skills required to support global operations in the 21ST Century.
Cadets travel in small groups led by senior leader cadre, immersing them into foreign cultures in order to expose them to the realities that other countries; namely, vastly different perspectives on global policy issues, economic realities, and different lifestyles. During the past two years, RIT Cadets have traveled from Costa Rica to Thailand, from Romania to Tanzania, and even to Paris, France.