Program Requirements

The International Studies Peace Corps Prep Program focuses in four core competencies which ensure our students will go on to have success in the Peace Corps or the broader field of international development. Learn more about them here:


1) Training and Experience in a Work Sector

5 courses (15 credits) of training and experience in a specific sector

Find Your Passion Project
Students in the program select one of the following specializations for volunteer service. Choose one sector to focus on then complete at least 3 courses and 50 hours of related experience in that sector:


Lead grassroots efforts to fight hunger in a changing world. Agricultural volunteers work with small-scale farmers and families to increase food security and production, and adapt to climate change while promoting environmental conservation practices.

Harness 21st century tools to help communities lift themselves. Volunteers work with development banks, nongovernmental organizations and municipalities to strengthen infrastructure and encourage economic opportunities in communities.

Teach lessons that last a lifetime. Education is the Peace Corp's largest program area. Volunteers play an important role in creating links among schools, parents and communities by working in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools as math, science, conversational  English and resource teachers or as early grade reading and literacy teacher trainers.

Help forge a global movement to protect our planet. Volunteers lead grassroots efforts in their communities to protect the environment and strengthen understanding of environmental issues. They teach environmental awareness in elementary ad secondary schools and to youth groups and community organizations, empowering communities to  make their own decisions bout how to protect and conserve the local environment.

Serve on the front lines of global health. Health volunteers work within their communities to promote important topics such as nutrition, maternal and child health, basic hygiene and water sanitation. They also work in HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs.

Empower the next generation of change makers. Volunteers work with youth in communities on projects that promote engagement and active citizenship, including gender awareness, employability, health and HIV/AIDS education, environmental awareness, sporting programs and info technology.

The newly approved Peace Corps Prep Program at BGSU prepares students for international development fieldwork for a career in the Peace Corps or other international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The Program for International Studies emphasizes both international and interdisciplinary learning. Through a network of faculty from across the College of Arts and Sciences directly involved with International Studies, students discover a wide range of disciplines ranging from Architecture and Art History, Geography, Political Science to the different World Languages & Cultures taught on the BGSU campus.

2) Foreign Language Skills

2 courses (6 credits total) of a foreign language (1 needs to be at the 2000 level, to be linked to the country or region of choice)

Requirements vary by placement region.

See Peace Corps Prep Student Guide for details.

3) Intercultural Competence

2 courses (6 credits total) of relevant intercultural coursework

Courses for the minor can be counted toward the Peace Corps Prep program

See Peace Corps Prep Student Guide for details.

4) Professional and Leadership Development

  • Networking with former Peace Corps Volunteers and Staff
  • Resume and interview support
  • Opportunities for community outreach
  • Experiential learning projects

See Peace Corps Prep Student Guide for details.

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