Peace Corps Prep Program

Peace Corps Prep Program

Peace Corps Prep Program

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 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. You will also earn a Peace Corps Prep certificate from the United States Peace Corps.

The P.C. Prep program is open to students of any major. You must be in good standing at ASU and have completed at least fifteen hours of coursework 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.

ASU offers two options for students including a for credit option recognized by both ASU and Peace Corps, as well as, a non-credit option that is recognized by Peace Corps. Review the table below to determine which option best fits your needs.

For Credit ASU & Peace Corps Certificate
Peace Corps Prep Program Requirements
Non-credit Peace Corps Certificate
  • Recognized by both Peace Corps and ASU
  • Will show up on DARS and My ASU
  • Access to academic advising
  • You will receive an ASU academic certificate and a Peace Corps certificate
  • Cannot share credits with your current major/minor
  • Must complete USL 402 or 410 (3 units) which includes 100 community service hours
  • 18 total credit hours
  • BIS 355 Peace Corps Class (3 hours)
  • 9 hours of sector related courses (6 must be upper division)
  • 3 credit hours of upper division C or G credits
  • 100 hours of community service
  • Curriculum and Service Plan completed and reviewed by P.C. Prep Coordinator
  • Submission of final transcripts
  • Submission of Internship Service Position Description and Reflection
  • Only recognized by Peace Corps
  • Will not show up on DARS and My ASU
  • No academic advising available, support provided by Peace Corps Prep Coordinator
  • Can share academic credits with your major
  • Option to complete 100 community service hours independently or by taking USL 402 or 410
  • 15 – 18 total credit hours

Get Started

  1. PC Prep CalloutFill out the interest form
    • The Peace Corps Prep Coordinator will reach out to you to set up a meeting to review your options and the steps to get started

  2. Meet with the Peace Corps Campus Recruiter, Julia Tebben to select Peace Corps sector focus:
    • Education
    • Health
    • Environment
    • Agriculture
    • Youth in Development
    • Community Economic Development

  3. Meet with Peace Corps Prep Coordinator or academic advisor to discuss credit and noncredit options and complete the curriculum and service plan
  4. Begin completing your plan and be sure to get engaged with the Peace Corps Community at ASU (ask the Peace Corps Prep Coordinator how). Also, be sure to check-in with the Peace Corps Prep Coordinator regularly to provide updates on your progress.

Peace Corps Certificate Process


 If you have questions, send an email to P.C. Prep Coordinator