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Peace Corps Prep

Curious about volunteering or working abroad after graduating? Interested in joining the Peace Corps? Want to know more about global citizenship?

Ursinus College is one of only a small number of colleges and universities to offer Peace Corps Prep certification.

Students engage in advanced language study, take inter-cultural and sector-specific classes, and complete 50 or more hours at a related internship, service learning or volunteer experience.

Students in the program benefit from cross-cultural experience, foreign language proficiency, practical skills and study of global issues, all of which are valuable for many different careers, including the Peace Corps.

Students who complete the program are highly competitive applicants for the Peace Corps and other domestic and international service organizations.

Certificate Requirements

  • 8 credits of foreign language study at the 200-level or above
  • 12 credits of intercultural courses
    • One course that focuses on global diversity;
    • One course that focuses on diversity within the US;
    • One cross-cultural course.
  • 50+ hours of internship, service learning or volunteer experience. These hours must provide relevant practical experience related to the chosen sector track, including the following:
    • Study abroad, including an approved service activity;
    • Tutoring or teaching, for example in an urban education program;
    • Volunteer service;
    • Management or accounting internship;
    • Agricultural or environmental work;
    • Health care or health education
  • 12 credit hours of sector-specific courses
    •  Agricultural and environmental studies
    • Business, entrepreneurship and development economics
    • Education
    • Global Health
    • Youth Development