Academic Benefits

Academic Programs

Peace Corps Prep

The Arizona State University Peace Corps Prep program (P.C. Prep) will help you acquire the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to serve in the U.S. Peace Corps. Additionally, it will increase your competitiveness in the job market by expanding your global awareness and by providing experiences, such as community service and study abroad that will give added value to most careers even if you do not choose service in the Peace Corps. Through participation in the P.C. Prep program you will become part of a community of like-minded students interested in international service and the betterment of all peoples. And you will earn a Peace Corps Prep certificate from the United States Peace Corps.

The P.C. Prep program is open at any time to students of any major. You have to be a student in good standing at ASU and have completed at least fifteen hours of course work prior to applying. Although completion of the program does not guarantee acceptance as a Peace Corps volunteer, the specialized curriculum and experience through P.C. Prep will greatly increase your chances. You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to participate in the ASU P.C. Prep program; however, you must have U.S. citizenship to serve in the Peace Corps.

Graduate Opportunities

Coverdell Fellowship Program

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (formerly known as Fellows/USA) is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. All Fellows complete internships in underserved American communities, allowing them to bring home, and expand upon, the skills they learned as Volunteers. These skills in adapting to new cultures, developing and managing projects, dealing with language barriers, and leveraging limited resources attract the attention of prospective schools. Since the inception of the Coverdell Fellows Program, nearly 4,000 returned Volunteers have participated in the program and made a difference across the country.