Top Five

USF ranks fifth in the nation in the 2013 top Master’s International programs for the Peace Corps.

USF News

TAMPA, Fla. (May 14, 2013) – The University of South Florida ranks fifth in the nation in the 2013 top Master’s International programs for the Peace Corps for the number of students serving as Peace Corps volunteers overseas.

The rankings for Master’s International and Paul D. Coverdell Fellows programs were announced this month by Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet.

“Hundreds of Peace Corps volunteers make a difference every year by combining meaningful service with graduate studies through the Peace Corps Master’s International and Coverdell Fellows programs,” said Hessler-Radelet. “Peace Corps service offers volunteers a global perspective and enhances leadership, language and technical skills beyond the classroom that position students for success in today’s competitive job market.”

The Peace Corps Master’s International program allows students to earn a graduate degree while serving overseas. USF had 24 students enrolled in the Master’s International program and serving overseas as of Sept. 30, 2012.

USF ranked fifth in the Master’s International program behind Michigan Technological University, Tulane University, Monterey Institute of International Studies and University of Denver.

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program provides returned Peace Corps volunteers with scholarships, academic credit and stipends toward an advanced degree after they complete their Peace Corps service.

USF is one of only 39 universities in the U.S. that have a Peace Corps office on campus. This rare resource is part of USF World, and is one of the many services USF provides to encourage students to broaden their horizons through travel and service.

Peace Corps volunteers commit to two years of service in a foreign country while immersing themselves in the culture and community they are in. Volunteers serve in more than 70 countries around the world and work on myriad different projects where they are placed.