Peace Corps Prep at LSU

Peace Corps Prep at LSU

About the LSU Peace Corp Prep Program

The Peace Corps and Louisiana State University are partnering to provide an undergraduate certificate program called Peace Corps Prep. Students in the Peace Corps Prep program will combine targeted coursework with hands-on experience, building the competencies needed to be strong Peace Corps volunteers or other intercultural fieldworkers.

“Students today are passionate about service and leaving their mark on the world.” Through the Peace Corps Prep program at Louisiana State University, students can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.” 
--Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen

Peace Corps Prep will be structured as an interdisciplinary certificate program housed in International Studies Program. Students will learn about and practice leadership, intercultural competence, foreign language, and one of six professional sectors of their choice: Agriculture, Community Economic Development, Education, Health, Environment, and Youth in Development. These skills will give them a competitive edge when applying for Peace Corps service, and can be built upon and marketed throughout their careers.

The Peace Corps has Prep partnerships with more than 125 leading academic institutions nationwide. Established in 2007, the program aims to meet the demand for Peace Corps volunteers with a broad and relevant set of expertise, and to support schools’ efforts to provide substantive, globally focused experiences for their students. For more information, visit

Louisiana State University has more than 288 alumni who have served in the Peace Corps since its founding in 1961. 

To learn more about the Peace Corps Prep program at Louisiana State University, contact: Dr. Mark Schafer at


LSU Peace Corps Prep Program Advisor
Mark J Schafer
215 Martin Woodin Hall

LSU Peace Corps Recruiter
Bill Bridgeford

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