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.
Peace Corps Prep Program
The Peace Corps Prep Program prepares U-M undergraduates for international service through a unique combination of coursework, language skills, work sector experience and intercultural learning.
The following U-M Schools and Colleges welcome returning Peace Corps volunteers for certain graduate programs through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program.
- Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
- Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
- School for Environment & Sustainability
- School of Information
- School of Nursing
- School of Public Health
- School of Social Work
U-M is the No. 4 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers since it was founded in 1961
U-M’s International Institute houses 17 centers and programs focused on world regions and global themes