Foreign Language Skills
Working across cultures often entails verbal and nonverbal languages distinct from
your own. Building foreign language skills is a key component of the Peace Corps
Prep program. Requirements vary by language and your desired Peace Corps volunteer
Where would you like to serve? Peace Corps Prep minimum course requirements align with those needed by applicants
to the Peace Corps itself, which vary by linguistic region.
: Individuals wanting to serve in Spanish-speaking countries must apply with strong
intermediate proficiency. This typically means completing two 200-level courses.
Individuals wanting to serve in French-speaking African countries should be proficient in French (or, in some cases, any Romance Language),
usually through one 200-level course.
The Peace Corps has no explicit language requirements for individuals applying to serve in most other countries. However, you will still
likely learn and utilize another language during service, so it is only helpful to
have taken at least one foreign language class.
Note: If you are a strong native speaker and want to serve in a country that speaks your
same language, please discuss this with your Peace Corps Prep Coordinator.