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Peace Corps Prep Program


Peace Corps Prep is a certificate program for undergraduates that centers on one empowering question: How can you prepare yourself to be the best Peace Corps Volunteer you can be? There is no one right answer to that question, but the Peace Corps has identified four core competencies that are critical to the intercultural fieldwork Peace Corps Volunteers do:


  • Sector-specific skills
  • Foreign language proficiency
  • Intercultural competence
  • Professional savvy and leadership

About the Program

University of Kentucky Peace Corps Prep program’s mission is to create engaged, global citizens through instruction and applied experience, enhanced foreign language skills, increased intercultural competence, and professional and leadership development.  These skills are increasingly important in an interconnected world. 

While the University of Kentucky is a mainstay within the Lexington community, we endeavor to expand our commitment in Lexington, our region, and the world.  The Peace Corps Prep program strengthens UK’s commitment to civic engagement by providing additional incentives for you to seek out more diverse perspectives, to identify opportunities for leadership, and to pursue service and service-learning opportunities. 


The Peace Corps Prep program is one opportunity at UK to help equip you for the Peace Corps application process. Even if you are not interested in pursuing a career with the Peace Corps, this will prepare you for a global career focused on service, agriculture, the environment, youth development, education, business, or health.

Please note, the Peace Corps Prep program is not a major, minor or certificate at University of Kentucky, and completing the Peace Corps Prep program does not guarantee you will be accepted as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  You do not need to have U.S. citizenship to participate in the Peace Corps Prep at UK program; however, you must be a U.S. citizen to serve in the Peace Corps.

Want to learn more?

Contact our Peace Corps Prep representative

Craig Borie at

To get started, check out our Peace Corps Student Guide!