Peace Corps and CU Denver announce new prep program

May 2, 2017

Peace Corps and the University of Colorado Denver have announced a new partnership centered on an undergraduate certificate program called Peace Corps Prep.

Students in the Peace Corps Prep program, scheduled to launch at CU Denver in August 2017, will combine targeted coursework with hands-on experience, building the competencies needed to be strong Peace Corps volunteers or other intercultural fieldworkers.

Peace Corps Prep will be structured as an interdisciplinary certificate program housed in the International Studies Program. Students will learn about and practice leadership, intercultural competence, foreign language, and a professional sector of their choice such as education, health, or the environment. These skills will give them a competitive edge when applying for Peace Corps service, and can be built upon and marketed throughout their careers.

The Peace Corps has Peace Corps Prep partnerships with more than 75 leading academic institutions nationwide. Established in 2007, the program aims to meet the demand for Peace Corps volunteers with a broad and relevant set of expertise, and to support schools’ efforts to provide substantive, globally focused experiences for their students. For more information, go to

CU Denver is a current Coverdell Fellows Peace Corps partner within the School of Public Affairs. The university is also one of the nation’s top urban research universities. Since 1961, CU Denver has had 271 Peace Corps volunteers, with four students currently serving today.

Guest Contributor: David Reese, Peace Corps