U of M Twin Cities ranked third in Peace Corps' annual Top Schools ranking
Seventy total graduates are making a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is ranked third nationally on the annual list of colleges who produced the most Peace Corps recruits. The U of M is on the list for the 19th consecutive year.
"The Learning Abroad Center is extremely proud of our alumni representation in the Peace Corps," said Martha Johnson, assistant dean of Learning Abroad in the Global Programs & Strategy Alliance. "It speaks to our campus's international engagement, strategic partnership with the Peace Corps and aligns with our goal of preparing students for truly global careers."
Since 1961, more than 1,500 University of Minnesota alumni have continued this tradition by putting their education and experience to work as Peace Corps volunteers. The U of M offers a variety of ways to become involved in the Peace Corps community, where volunteers can learn a new language, exchange ideas and take part in their communities as partners and friends for a unique, rewarding experience.
"I love working with students at the U of M because I always get students from a wide range of academic backgrounds, but they all have a passion for service and a curiosity for what it means to be a global citizen,” said Katie Page, Peace Corps campus representative. “Anytime I table at career fairs or give a short presentation to various classrooms across campus, I always get thoughtful questions from students about how their interests and skill sets might be useful in a Peace Corps position. It's not an easy decision to commit to a two-year service as a Peace Corps Volunteer, but students at the U step up to that challenge year after year."
About the Peace Corps
The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Through their PeaceCorps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. For more information, visit https://www.peacecorps.gov.
About the Learning Abroad Center
The Learning Abroad Center in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, intern, community engagement, research, and volunteer experiences worldwide. We provide innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues and staff. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community. We offer a full range of advising and support services to students, including program selection, academic planning, financial planning, registration, credit, cultural adjustment, and reentry.
A variety of program options—250 programs in over 70 countries—have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.