Peace Corps Prep Certificate

Preparing global citizens

We’ve partnered with the Peace Corps to offer a non-academic certificate that will help ensure Blugolds graduate with the skills they need to become Peace Corps volunteers or to pursue a career in international development. You’ll build knowledge and skills in areas such as health, education, youth development and the environment, as well as foreign language proficiency, intercultural understanding and leadership skills. While enhancing and developing these skills, you’ll also be making yourself more competitive for the Peace Corps.

Combining the Peace Corps Prep Certificate program with the efforts the university is making towards global education and service learning made the two a perfect fit. While you’re encouraged by the university to study abroad, do service learning and cultural immersion, this program helps to strengthen your skill set and assist you in finding the best opportunities.

Skills you'll gain from the Peace Corps

Through the Peace Corps you’ll get leadership experience that offers you the opportunity to travel to the farthest corners of the world and work on sustainable development projects in agriculture, education, health, youth development and more. Through this you’ll return as global citizens and gain skills such as:

  • Leadership
  • Language
  • Teaching
  • Community development
  • Cross-cultural understanding

Learn more about the Peace Corps

Being a Peace Corps volunteer has defined my life in so many ways. I view the Peace Corps as my entry-level international job. For me it helped me fund my graduate degree and led to my career in international education. For many of my friends, it led to international careers with the U.S. State Department, public health department or international development organizations.

Colleen Marchwick | Peace Corps volunteer

Application Process

Students interested in becoming part of the Peace Corps Prep Program must submit an application to the Peace Corps Prep Committee. In your application, you will be asked to outline what work sector you would like to pursue as a Peace Corps Volunteer as well as how you plan to fill the course and practical experience requirements during your time at UW-Eau Claire.

How to apply:

  1. Submit your application electronically to the Peace Corps Prep Committee, c/o Joseph Orser,
  2. Application deadline: November 15 for Fall semester or April 15 for Spring semester
  3. Approval Process: The Peace Corps Prep Committee reviews and approves applications. In some cases, revisions to the application are requested or admission to the program is not awarded. Students who are asked to revise will be given specific feedback for re-submission.
  4. Questions? Contact Joseph Orser, Peace Corps Prep Academic Coordinator, at
Planning your Peace Corps Prep experience

While UW-Eau Claire has many academic certificates, the Peace Corps Prep Certificate is awarded by the Peace Corps and is supported by UWEC. Work closely with an advisor to see how your completion of the Peace Corps Prep Certificate could potentially benefit you academically and professionally.

Peace Corps Prep certificate program available at UW-Eau Claire

UW-Eau Claire is partnering with the Peace Corps to offer a certificate program that will help ensure that Blugolds can graduate with the skills they need to become Peace Corps volunteers or to pursue a career in international development.


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Need some guidance or advice on the Peace Corps? Contact one or multiple of our volunteers or ambassadors to get the information you're looking for.

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Ian Allen

Peace Corps opportunity in Rwanda

When Ian Allen graduated in 2011, he took with him degrees in Spanish and political science as well as valuable knowledge gained by studying abroad in Spain and Nicaragua.

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Facing life in the Peace Corps

Facing life in the Peace Corps

Kat Frye and Natalie Fiedler each grew up in the Midwest, went to school at UW-Eau Claire, and after graduation, joined the Peace Corps.

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