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Cross-Cultural Training

Learn a language and study abroad with these scholarships

Learn more about scholarships for language study and study abroad, offered through the Departments of Defense, State, and Education.

Task Force Warrior and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force meet for combative training

Japanese and U.S. armed forces gathered for a joint combatives exchange to learn more about each other's strategies, techniques, and culture.

Learn about Women’s World Cup Competitors through VCATs

Learn more about the competing nations of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Thailand, Jamaica, Nigeria, and Japan through a Virtual Culture Awareness Trainer (VCAT).

Hone your language skills and cultural knowledge with CultureReady

Here on CultureReady, we have a variety of resources for a wide audience, from our videos, made up largely of interviews featured in our Virtual Culture Awareness Trainers (VCATs), to information on scholarship opportunities for university-bound students, such as the Boren Awards.

Two of the most popular resources that we get asked about are SOFTS and Joint Language University.

SOFTS

DLIFLC's Language Day: Sharing Culture and Language Outside of the Classroom

Every year, the Defense Language Institute hosts Language Day, a celebration of culture and language around the world. Learn more about this year's event.

Get a JKO Account

Are you interested in taking our Virtual Culture Awareness Trainers (VCATs)? In order to access them, you need a Joint Knowledge Online, or JKO, account. This document outlines how to get one if you are a CAC-holder.

Learning the Importance of Intercultural Exchange through UNESCO

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, "seeks to build peace through international cooperation," and does so through numerous projects in countries around the world. Their work includes efforts involving cultural preservation, disaster preparedness, and youth empowerment, among many others. One common thread through every one of their missions, however, is intercultural dialogue.

Improving the way you absorb language and culture with CultureReady Basics

Our partners at Diplomatic Language Services (DLS) discuss developing CultureReady Basics and what makes it unique from other culture and language tools.

African Partnership Flight Rwanda Set to Soar

U.S. Air Forces Africa and the Rwandan Defense Force recently announced the launch of the African Partnership Flight in Kigali, Rwanda, from March 4-8.

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