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As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country.

Peace Corps Prep at FIU is a program managed by FIU’s Office of Global Learning Initiatives, through a formal partnership with the Peace Corps national office.   Students will gain skills and experiences that make them competitive applicants for the Peace Corps and other international development positions.

The requirements on this page are unique to FIU’s Peace Corps Prep program, and are not requirements to apply for Peace Corps.  Learn more about Peace Corps at http://peacecorps.gov/

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be formally recognized by FIU and the Peace Corps.

What are the requirements?

Global Learning Course Requirement: Complete a minimum of three (3) global learning-designated courses
Language Requirement: All Peace Corps Prep students must complete a combination of 3 courses at a college or university in these areas:

• A foreign language (all foreign language courses should be in the same language)

• Foreign Language Education (FLE) course

• International service trip to a location where studied language is spoken

• Approved non-English-focused linguistics (LIN) course
Students intending to serve in Latin America should study Spanish. Student intending to serve in Francophone African nations should study French.

Education majors may take TSL courses in place of FLE courses if it is required for their major.

CLEP and AP/IB credits do not count toward this requirement.
Global Engagement Requirement:
The project is an open-ended opportunity to research and address an issue important to you

Get Started! Learn how to design the right project for you.
Download a blank hours log here. (Approval must be granted before beginning a project.)
Informational, Networking, and Mentorship Opportunities: Participate in scheduled programs to meet Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Peace Corps Recruiters, as well as to get to know one another and have all of your Peace Corps-related questions answered
ePortfolio Reflection Requirement: Reflect on your FIU global learning experience in the form of an Web page promoting your global citizenship.

GET STARTED! What information needs to be included in my ePortfolio?
GPA & Grade Requirement: All courses taken toward Peace Corps Prep must be passed with a C or higher and students must have a 3.0 overall FIU GPA or higher to graduate from the program.

Grade Requirement: All courses taken toward Peace Corps Prep must be passed with a C or higher and students must have a 3.0 overall FIU GPA or higher to graduate from the program.

Student Planning Guide: Download a blank guide designed to walk you through the process of planning out your courses, service, and networking requirements here.

Leadership Committee: View student leadership positions here.

Personalized Assistance

The Office of Global Learning Initiatives is available to provide individual guidance and support to all Peace Corps Prep students.  If you have questions about this program, please contact us at pcprep@fiu.edu.


Applications are now open until August 28th, 11:59 pm! To access the application, please click here. If you have issues filling out the form online, please contact Connie Penczak at cpenczak@fiu.edu.