International Service and Peace Corps Prep Program

Peace Corps students
SSU Peace Corps Prep students gain hands-on agricultural experience while serving their community in an urban gardening project.

The International Service and Peace Corps Preparation Program (ISPCPP) at Shawnee State University is designed to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to serve in the Peace Corps or other international service organizations.

Shawnee State is one of only a small number of select universities in the nation to offer this program, which was developed through a cooperative agreement between SSU and the U.S. Peace Corps. The ISPCPP curriculum includes course work in international studies, cross cultural skills, foreign language, and four core focus areas emphasized by the Peace Corps: agriculture and food security, education, environment and natural resources, and global health. Students in the program also gain practical experience through community service, international student mentoring, and cross-cultural experience (through study abroad and/or domestic or international service trips or internships). ISPCPP students receive mentoring throughout the program.

This interdisciplinary program serves to advance the following Peace Corps goals:

  • To help the people of interested countries meet their need for trained men and women;
  • To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served; and
  • To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Students in the program benefit by cross-cultural experience, foreign language proficiency, practical skills, and a better understanding of global issues, all of which are highly valued by employers in today’s global economy.

The ISPCP program is open to students of any major. Students can apply at any time before their junior year, the earlier the better. Students completing the program earn recognition that will appear on their transcript. Although completion of the program does not guarantee that applicants will be accepted as Peace Corps volunteers, the specialized curriculum and experience will make them strong candidates.

For a program application or for more information, contact Dr. Tracey Henderson (program coordinator) at, or call the Center for International Programs and Activities (CIPA) at (740) 351-3136.

Please see the links at the right of the page for further details about the program and an application form.

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