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Peace Corps Prep Program

"Do the unexpected."

Are you interested in doing something exciting?  Something challenging?  Something that will help you to achieve the most in your career, no matter where you go?  If so the Peace Corps might be for you, and the Peace Corps Prep Program is your first step.


The Center for International Studies Peace Corps Prep Program is developed in direct partnership with the Peace Corps and it aligns precisely 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 and potentially for work with the Peace Corps after graduation.

In addition to building on the primary mission of the Center for International Studies, the Peace Corps Prep Program will give you an advantage in your future whether or not you are Peace Corps-bound.  While the 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.

Program Requirements

The Peace Corps Prep program will prepare you for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service. To accomplish this, you’ll build four core competencies through interrelated coursework, hands-on experience, and professional development support. These four competencies are the following:

1. Training and experience in a work sector.

2. Foreign language skills.

3. Intercultural competence.

4. Professional and leadership development.

The Student Guide document explains each of these requirements in detail. Use this guide to map out your Peace Corps Prep course of study. In particular, refer to this when completing your Peace Corps Prep application, where you will need to document how you plan to fulfill each requirement. This guide aligns point-by-point with each section of the application!


If you have more questions before applying please contact the Center for International Studies Peace Corps Program coordinator:

Jeremy Peña M.Ed.