Peace Corps Prep Program
UB has partnered with the Peace Corps to offer the UB Peace Corps Prep (UBPCP) program, designed to prepare qualified undergraduates for volunteer service and careers in international service after graduation. The UBPCP program is among only two dozen academic programs across the country and the first of its kind in New England.
Upon graduation, students who have completed the UB Peace Corps Prep Program will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by the Peace Corps, granting them special consideration for acceptance into the Peace Corps, and may also elect to receive the Minor in International Service provided by the College of Public and International Affairs.
Since its founding on March 1, 1961, the Peace Corps has been the “preeminent international service organization of the United States.” In its effort to “promote world peace and friendship,” the Peace Corps has pursued 3 goals: “to help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, to help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served, [and] to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.” The organization has served 139 countries, sending a total of over 215,000 volunteers and trainees overseas.
Eligibility and Application
Students who are in good academic standing may apply to join the UB Peace Corps Prep program once they have successfully completed 30 credit hours of coursework.
U.S. citizenship is not a requirement of the UB Peace Corps Prep program. All students, regardless of citizenship status, may participate in the UB Peace Corps Prep program and will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Peace Corps.
However, individuals must hold U.S. citizenship to apply to serve as Peace Corps Volunteers after graduation.