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.
Through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, the following U-M Schools and Colleges welcome returning Peace Corps volunteers for certain graduate programs:
U-M’s International Institute houses 17 centers and programs focused on world regions and global themes
U-M hosted students from 115 countries in Fall 2020