Interested in Enrolling as a PC Prep Student?

The Peace Corps Prep program will prepare you for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service. To accomplish this, you’ll build four core competencies through interrelated coursework, hands-on experience, and professional development support. These four competencies, or “learning objectives,” are the following:

  1. Training and experience in a work sector
  2. Foreign language skills (depending on desired PC volunteer location)
  3. Intercultural competence
  4. Professional and leadership development


The PC Prep program at UVM requries students to:

  • Take three 3-credit courses in their chosen field (Agriculture, Community Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health, and Youth in Development)
  • Accumulate a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer or work experience in that same sector, preferably in a teaching or outreach capacity.
  • Take three 3-credit Diversity courses (all UVM undergraduates take two already and a third is required)
  • Take two 3+ credit foreign language courses if a student's desired service location is in a French or Spanish-speaking country:
    • PC Prep minimum course requirements align with those needed by applicants to the Peace Corps itself, which vary by linguistic region.
      • Latin America: Individuals wanting to serve in Spanish-speaking countries must apply with strong intermediate proficiency. This typically means completing two 200-level courses.
      • West Africa: Individuals wanting to serve in French-speaking African countries should be proficient in French (or, in some cases, any Romance Language), usually through one 200-level course.
      • Everywhere else: The Peace Corps has no explicit language requirements for individuals applying to serve in most other countries. However, you will still likely learn and utilize another language during service, so it is only helpful to have taken at least one foreign language class.

Note: If you are a strong native speaker and want to serve in a country that speaks your same language, you can skip this requirement!