Student trains to be a Peace Corps volunteer

Peace Corps Prep

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The University of South Carolina Upstate is proud to partner with the Peace Corps to equip Upstate students to become the best future Peace Corps volunteers they can be. USC Upstate's mission to "prepare its students to participate as responsible citizens in a diverse, global and knowledge-based society, to pursue excellence in their chosen careers and to continue learning throughout life" is in line with Peace Corps values. Participants can take part in a customizable program in the following areas: Education, Health, Environment, Agriculture, Youth in Development, or Community Economic Development.

USC Upstate students who successfully complete the PC Prep program will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C., upon graduation, a unique Peace Corps Prep cord for the graduation ceremony, an invitation to an annual banquet to honor those who completed the Peace Corps Prep program, recommendation letters for employment or further academic study by the Center for International Studies, and a competitive edge when applying for Peace Corps volunteer placement.

    1. Training & Experience in a Specific Work Sector
      • 3 courses + 50 hours of related experience
    2. Foreign Language Skills
      • Requirements vary by language
    3. Intercultural Competence
      • 3 approved courses
    4. Professional & Leadership Development
      • Resume and interview prep + Leadership experience

    For full program details, download the Student Guide PDF Document.

  • Peace Corps Prep Student Application and Release - Email Patrick McCleary at after you have completed and printed the application/release form to schedule an in-person interview.  

  • Patrick McCleary
    Program Coordinator and Study Abroad Advisor
    800 University Way, Burroughs Building #114
    Spartanburg, SC 29303
    (864) 503-5675

    Charles Portney
    Regional Recruiter for South Carolina & Eastern North Carolina
    Columbia, SC
    (803) 979-8460

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