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  • Locations: Albany, NY, United States;
  • Program Terms: Academic Year
  • Restrictions: UAlbany applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Subjects Available: Agriculture, Business, Child Development, Cultural and Area Studies, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography, Health Science, Human Biology, International Relations, Internship, Language study in conjunction with other coursework, Leadership, Multicultural Studies, Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Public Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, Service Learning, Social Welfare, Sustainability, Urban Planning, Women's Studies Minimum Class Standing: Freshman
Minimum GPA: Good Academic Standing Program Open to Visiting Students: Open to UAlbany students only
Additional Program Requirements: UAlbany students only Internship Opportunity: Yes!
Volunteer Opportunity: Yes! Language Requirement: Some prior study recommended
Program Advisor: Richie, Annette
Program Description:

Peace Corps Prep

The Peace Corps Prep Certificate program prepares you for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service. To accomplish this, you will build 4 core competencies through interrelated coursework (to a Peace Corps work sector and intercultural competency), hands-on experience, and professional development support.

Read about UAlbany's phenomenal success in year one (2019-2020), and watch a video on the benefits, requirements, and resources, including Frequently Asked Questions.

Application Steps

  1. Review the Course of Study Mapping and Application Guide
  2. Consider your many options and choose your best-fit Sector
  3. Schedule an appointment with a UAlbany PC Prep Sector Coach
  4. Download the PC Prep Planning Worksheet to sketch out your preliminary course of study plan with the help of your Sector Coach
  5. Click the  button, to access the application and submit your plan for review
  6. Your application and study plan will be reviewed by your UAlbany PC Prep Sector Coach for acceptance as a candidate
  7. Get accepted and begin your PC Prep journey! 
  8. Receive Peace Corps volunteer application support (resume, interview) from the Office of Career and Professional Development
  9. Apply to serve in the Peace Corps!?
  10.  Make the Most of Your World!

Pro Tip!

Participate in UAlbany’s Global Distinction transcript milestone and fulfill nearly all of your PC Prep requirements at once! Including,
  • Academic Training and Field Experience
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • Intercultural Competency Requirement

PC Prep Sector Coaches

UAlbany’s Sector Coaches are all returned Peace Corps volunteers (RVPC) available to to guide students in course and volunteering options, Every Peace Corps Prep participant will have a Sector Coach and receive timely support.  

Sector Coaches are as follows:

Agriculture, and Environment

Michael Elliott
Director, International Student and Scholar Services, Center for International Education and Global Strategy; Lecturer in the Educational Policy and Leadership department in the School of Education

Community Economic Development

Susan Appe
Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy in the International Affairs department of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy


Susan Gorga
Instructor in the Intensive English Language Program, Center for International Education and Global Strategy


John Justino
Director, Center for Global Health; Clinical Associate Professor in Health Policy, Management, and Behavior department, and Undergraduate Program Director in the School of Public Health 

Youth in Development

Annette Richie
Director, Global Learning: Engagement and Excellence, Center for International Education and Global Strategy, and Peace Corps Prep Coordinator

If planning to graduate and hoping to serve in the Peace Corps within the next year, please contact the regional Peace Corps Recruiter ASAP.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2023-2024 05/01/2027 05/31/2027 08/15/2023 05/31/2027
NOTE: Choose this year (2023) only if starting on the Peace Corps Prep Certificate in fall 2023 or spring or summer 2024. If after that (academic year 2024: fall 2024, spring 2025...), please choose the 2024 year option instead. The start year runs mid-August-August (fall-summer) of each year. You have multiple years to participate in and to complete the program, depending on your anticipated graduation date. Students can also complete the Certificate in as little as a semester, if they meet all requirements. Undergraduate students, including transfer students, can sign up at any time in their undergraduate careers. Of course, the earlier that you begin the Peace Corps Prep program, the better we can advise you on your academics and experiences abroad.