Housed within the International Studies Program, Peace Corps Prep is an undergraduate certificate program offering future U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer applicants sector-specific job skills, foreign language proficiency, intercultural competence, and professional leadership development skills. As an official Peace Corps Prep Program, earning the certificate is excellent preparation, and a likely advantage, for future Peace Corps Volunteer applicants.* Launched in fall 2017, the Peace Corps Prep Program is open to all undergraduates at the University of Colorado Denver, regardless of their major, minor, department, academic year, or participation in other programs.
* As there are many international, organizational, and individual variables involved, completing the Peace Corps Prep program does not guarantee acceptance as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer.
The Peace Corps has identified four core competencies that are critical to the intercultural fieldwork Peace Corps Volunteers do, and CU Denver’s Peace Corps Prep Program helps ensure that undergraduate students gain demonstrated proficiencies:
• Sector-specific skills
• Foreign language proficiency
• Intercultural competence
• Professional savvy and leadership
CU Denver’s Peace Corps Prep Program creates a framework for students to build these four competencies, integrating coursework with hands-on experience and professional development. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate from the Peace Corps—and a competitive edge when applying for Peace Corps service.
Students interested in the Peace Corps Prep Program should first review the CU Denver PC Prep Guide, Exit and Release Forms. Interested students should then schedule a time to meet with the International Studies Program Director or Assistant Director to complete the application together, as well as identify a course of study, relevant classes, and extracurricular activities. The Peace Corps Prep Program application is available here: CU Denver PC Prep Application 2017.
CU Denver’s assigned Peace Corps Regional Recruiter conducts a twice yearly (fall and spring) information session on the CU Denver campus for current and prospective Peace Corps Prep Program students. These sessions include a meet-and-greet with returned Peace Corps volunteers. Please check the News and Announcements section of the International Studies Program website or follow us on Facebook for announcements about upcoming event schedules.
The Peace Corps Prep Program is housed within CU Denver’s International Studies Program. Interested students should contact:
International Studies Program Director
Hamilton Bean, Ph.D.
Office: Student Commons 3010
International Studies Program Assistant Director
Alison Shah, Ph.D.
Office: Student Commons 3307