Peace Corps Prep Program


Established in 1961 by the U.S. Government, the Peace Corps is a highly respected and competitive volunteer program that sends U.S. citizens to serve in communities around the world. Peace Corps Prep (PC Prep) is a diversity-focused certificate program that enhances students’ undergraduate experience by preparing them for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service. Students who participate in PC Prep take academic coursework and gain practical field experience related to one of the six sectors that align with Peace Corps volunteer assignments. Students also develop foreign language skills, enhance intercultural competence, and participate in professional and leadership development activities.

The Center for International Studies Peace Corps Prep Program was developed in direct partnership with the Peace Corps and aligns with our mission to "provide quality, interdisciplinary education to students in order to prepare them for international careers."  The program consists of selected courses paired with community service to help prepare students for work in international development.

While the Peace Corps Prep Program does not guarantee acceptance into the Peace Corps, you will gain skills which are an advantage in the competitive application process and in other international development work.  Being part of the program is a powerful way to demonstrate to any future employer that you can think and act with global understanding and cultural awareness.

If you have more questions before applying, please contact the Peace Corps Program Coordinator, Victoria Elizondo at

For more information about the Peace Corps application process or serving in the Peace Corps after graduation, please contact the local Peace Corps Recruiter:

Joshua Castro  
Peace Corps  
Returned Volunteer, Paraguay

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Peace Corps Service Sectors

Peace Corps Volunteer helping plant in Senegal


Peace Corps Volunteer helping child wash hands in Nepal


Several people carrying water tank for project in Republic of Vanuatu


Peace Corps Volunteer teaching children in Kosovo


Girl playing soccer in Cameroon

Youth In Development

Volunteers building a hydroponic garden in the Caribbean

Community Economic Development

Program Requirements

Training and Experience in a Specific Work Sector

Complete three courses that align with one of the six Peace Corps Prep sectors below.

  • Education
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Agriculture
  • Youth in Development
  • Community Economic Development

Complete a minimum of 50 hours of field experience through volunteer, work, or internship positions in the same sector. 


Foreign Language Skills

Latin America: Complete two intermediate Spanish courses (2000 level or higher).

West Africa: Build proficiency in French or another Romance language by completing at least one intermediate course (2000 level or higher).

Other regions: Students indicating an intention to serve anywhere else have no explicit language requirements, but are encouraged to take at least one foreign language class. 

The Department of World Languages at Texas State University offers courses in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, and Italian. 

Intercultural Competence

3 approved courses OR 1-2 courses + substantive intercultural experience 

  • Coursework: Complete three courses from our approved course list.

You may also choose to satisfy electives through a completion of an intercultural experience. All intercultural experiences must be approved by the PC Prep Coordinator. 

  • Study or Volunteer Abroad: Students may substitute one or two courses with a learning abroad experience if was in a country that has at some point hosted Peace Corps Volunteers. 
  • Other Intercultural Experience: Students can complete an intercultural experience (such as interning or volunteering with a global organization or diverse populations). 

Professional and Leadership Development

Students must complete and submit proof of all three activities below: 

  • Have your resume critiqued by someone in Career Services at Texas State. They can be reached at 512.245.2645
  • Attend a workshop or class on interview skills at Career Services. 
  • Develop at least one significant leadership experience and be prepared to discuss it thoughtfully. For example, organizing a campus event, leading a work or volunteer project, or serving on the executive board of a student organization.