Peace Corps Prep

Curious about volunteering or working abroad after graduating? The Peace Corps provides a service opportunity for U.S. citizens to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. 

The Peace Corps aims to help the people of interested countries meet their need for trained men and women. It also fosters cultural exchange, helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served and a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.


Ryan Welby '13 (Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo)Ryan Welby '13 (Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo)

Ursinus College is one of a select group of colleges and universities authorized by the Peace Corps to offer Peace Corps Prep certification.

This certificate program ensures that students build the skills needed to have a positive impact as a Peace Corps Volunteer or working for another development organization. Students take inter-cultural and sector-specific classes, and complete 50 or more hours at a related internship, service learning or volunteer experience; advanced foreign language study is required for students interested in serving in Spanish- or French-speaking countries and recommended for all volunteers. 

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.

Mary Holmcrans '17 (Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin)Mary Holmcrans '17 (Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin)Students who complete the program receive a certificate from the Peace Corps and are 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 for service in Spanish- or French-speaking countries. Advanced language study recommended but not required for others.

  • 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.
  • 12 credit hours of sector-specific courses in one of the following sectors:
  • 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
  • Professional leadership & development consisting of all of the following:

    • Professional resume feedback and mock interview with the Center for Post-Graduate Development
    • Professional visit/interview with a Peace Corps Recruiter or Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
    • At least one significant leadership experience

Advantages of the Program:


  • Contact Peace Corps Recruiter, Nick Dippel (
  • Make an appointment to talk with the faculty sector coordinator for your area of interest:
    • Education Sector - Dr. Seamus Mulryan (Education Department)
    • Health Sector - Dr. Lauren Wynne, Anthropology Department)
    • Environment Sector - Dr. Patrick Hurley (Department of Environmental Studies)
    • Agriculture Sector - Denise Finney (Biology Department)
    • Youth in Development - Dr. Terry Winegar - Psychology Department)
    • Community Economic Development - Maureen Cumpstone (Director, U-Imagine Center)