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Study Abroad Office


Volunteer smiling with a local girl in Suriname. (Courtesy of Peace Corp)

Peace Corps Prep

The Peace Corps Prep program will prepare you for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service. Through interrelated coursework, hands-on experience, and professional development, you’ll build competencies in training and experience in a work sector, foreign language skills, intercultural competence, and professional leadership development.

How Peace Corps Prep Works

We encourage all students interested in globalizing their academics and their career to complete the Peace Corps Prep program, regardless of their plans after graduation. Peace Corps Prep is for students from any major; upon completion, students receive a Certificate of Completion from the Peace Corps as well as a competitive edge when applying for Peace Corps volunteer service. Please note however, that you are not required to apply to become a Peace Corps Volunteer upon completion of this program.

Four Core Competencies

In order to graduate from the program, you will need to complete the required courses and experiences outlined in the four core competencies below. 

  1. Training and experience in a specific work sector
  2. Foreign language skills
  3. Intercultural competence
  4. Professional and leadership development

If you have questions about your required courses, feel free to reach out to our Peace Corps Prep liaison, Chrissie Faupel.

Graduation

Once a student has completed all four core competencies and completes an exit interview with the Study Abroad Office, they will be granted a Certificate of Completion from the Peace Corps.

*Please note that while completion of this program increases your chances of being accepted into the Peace Corps, it does not guarantee it; you will still be required to apply directly to the Peace Corps.