Peace Corps

Purdue University's Peace Corps Prep Program

What are the Requirements to complete the Certificate Program?

The Peace Corps Prep is a certificate program for undergraduates that centers on one empowering question: How can you prepare yourself to be the best Peace Corps Volunteer you can be? There is no one right answer to that question, but the Peace Corps has identified four core competencies that are critical to the intercultural fieldwork Peace Corps Volunteers do:

1. Training and Experience consisting of both of the following: (see Purdue Peace Corps Prep Student Guide for sector-specific courses & field experience suggestions)

  • 50 hours of related field experience (internships, volunteering, etc.)

2. Foreign language skills consisting of one of the following:

  • Latin America - Equivalent of two 200-level Spanish courses
  • Francophone World - Equivalent of two 200-level courses in any Romance language
  • Elsewhere - Equivalent of at least two courses in any language or two linguistics courses

3. Intercultural competence consisting of all of the following:

  • The 2 credit hour PCPrep Intercultural Practicum course (cross-listed as YDAE 491/EDCI 490)
  • One approved elective course relating to intercultural competence
  • One approved immersion experience (such as study abroad) in another culture

4. Professional leadership & development consisting of all of the following:

  • Professional resume feedback and interview with the Center for Career Opportunities
  • Professional visit/interview with a Peace Corps Recruiter or Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Take a leadership assessment
  • Develop your own leadership skills through at least one significant leadership experience

Peace Corps Prep programs correspond with the Peace Corps' new application process, which lets you choose where you want to go and what you want to do. If you are enrolled in Purdue's Peace Corps Prep program, you can then shape your curriculum around those requirements! Upon completion of the program, you will receive a certificate from the Peace Corps-and a competitive edge when applying for Peace Corps service*. 

*Program Disclaimer
Completing the Peace Corps Prep program does not guarantee acceptance as a Peace Corps Volunteer; however, students in the program will gain skills which are an advantage in the competitive Peace Corps application process and in other international development work. 

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