The University of Michigan played an important and historic role in Peace Corps history. On October 14, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy stood on the steps of the Michigan Union and challenged students to devote time to working in developing countries and enhancing understanding between those countries and the United States. The Peace Corps was formally established later that year and the U-M continues to be a leading source of volunteers. Learn more about U-M and the Peace Corps, including our shared history, how to get involved, and resources for returned volunteers.
Following this tradition, the U-M welcomes returning Peace Corps volunteers for graduate studies through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program.
U-M’s International Institute houses 17 centers and programs focused on world regions and global themes
U-M hosted students from 127 countries last year.