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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.

Learn more about our Peace Corps Prep graduates here.

What are the requirements?

Global Learning Course Requirement: Complete a minimum of three (3) global learning-designated courses relevant to your Peace Corps sector of interest.Because Global Learning courses are not offered to graduate students, they are instead expected to submit research on a topic related to their sector of interest from an international perspective. Presentations must be conducted after papers are submitted and approved.
Language Requirement: All Peace Corps Prep students must complete a combination of 2 courses 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. Students intending to serve in Francophone African nations should study French. Students intending to serve in Spanish or French-speaking countries who can demonstrate fluency in the language, or students who are intending to serve in countries where these languages are not spoken, can discuss alternate options for this requirement.

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

Undergraduates are expected to commit 80 hours. Graduates are expected to commit 50 hours.
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 closed for the Spring 2020 cohort.  If you are interested in joining the Fall 2020 cohort, please fill out an INTEREST FORM to receive priority application access.

Please note that applications open up for the Fall and Spring semesters ONLY.