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Certificate in Global Service and Peace Corps Preparation (GLSPCPACRT)Department of International Studies

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.


The Certificate in Global Service and Peace Corps Preparation creates a portfolio of knowledge and skills essential for careers in international development, government, the Foreign Service, NGOs, and the academic world. Additionally, the certificate prepares students to be competitive applicants to the Peace Corps.

Certificate requirements

The certificate requires at least 25 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Global Competence. One (1) course:
  2. Regional Expertise. One (1) course:
  3. Advanced Global Competence. One (1) course:
  4. Foreign Language. Two (2) foreign language courses at the 200-level or higher
  5. Internship. One (1) course:
    • BUS-X 498 Business Internship for Credit
    • SPEA-V 381 Professional Experience
  6. Electives.
    • Two (2) courses related to the certificate's goals and Peace Corps Work Sectors from any academic unit, selected from a suggested list of courses in consultation with the certificate coordinator.
    • At least one (1) of the above elective courses must be at the 300–499 level.
  7. Capstone. One (1) course:
  8. Experiential Learning.
    • One (1) of the courses used to fulfill requirements 1–7 above must be officially designated a Service Learning course or be an approved experiential-learning course as determined by the certificate coordinator.
  9. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to certificate requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.