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October 11, 2017

New Peace Corps prep certificate prepares UMass Boston undergrads for international opportunities


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The School for Global Inclusion and Social Development has teamed up with the Honors College to offer a new certificate program available to all UMass Boston undergraduates, and today, there's a chance to learn all about it.

The Peace Corps Prep Certificate launches at UMass Boston with a launch party today, Tuesday, October 3 at noon in the Alumni Lounge, located on the second floor of the Campus Center.

Peace Corps Prep will prepare students to apply to the Peace Corps or to other international opportunities. In many cases, existing coursework, coupled with leadership and volunteer experience, can meet the requirements.

The launch party is a chance for students to learn more about the program and meet with returned Peace Corps volunteers.

“This program is an excellent option for UMass Boston undergraduates who have a strong interest in international service after graduation. And advisors will be pleased to hear that it doesn’t generally involve taking a large number of extra courses. With a little planning, students can usually fulfill the requirements with classes in their major plus electives they’re already interested in taking,” said Honors College Dean Rajini Srikanth.

UMass Boston is one of three schools in Massachusetts approved to offer this program.

“In addition to being a terrific opportunity and résumé-builder for our students, the PC Prep program also helps the Peace Corps to become more diverse. Offering this program at universities like ours, with a strong and diverse student base, helps ensure that the group of people who enter Peace Corps service each year genuinely reflects what America looks like,” said School for Global Inclusion and Social Development Dean Bill Kiernan.

Anyone interested in this program who is unable to attend the launch event can contact Kaitlyn Siner-Cappas at