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International and Intercultural Communication

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International & Intercultural Communication: Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

Looking for a way to enrich your international and intercultural perspectives after your Peace Corps service is over? Take advantage of the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program in partnership with the University of Denver's International and Intercultural Communication (IIC) Masters Program.

Mission and Purpose

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program advances the Peace Corps' third goal, "to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans," by developing and maintaining educational partnerships that place returned Volunteers in internships in underserved U.S. communities.

The mission for our Fellows Program is three-pronged:

  • We strive to offer an extraordinary educational experience for students who want to play leading roles in private, public, and non-profit institutions with transnational and cross-cultural responsibilities.
  • We seek to illuminate the moral and operational dimensions of the great challenges to the multicultural and global society.
  • We endeavor to serve the needs of the Denver community.

The flexibility of the IIC Program allows Peace Corps Fellows to follow their own visions, dreams, and hopes—both in the classroom and with their internship.

Fellows work with the internship director to select internship opportunities according to their own interests and passions, whether in the public, private, or non-profit realms, and they quickly become connected to a variety of agencies that serve high-need communities in the U.S.

In short, the IIC Program strives to provide Fellows with the academic training, intellectual stimulation, and professional experience necessary in order to be successful practitioners.


IIC Peace Corps Fellows Degree


The MA in International & Intercultural Communication is a joint degree between the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at DU. Students take courses in both departments and have the flexibility to focus on the fields that most interest them.

The MA is worth 56 credits and typically takes 2 years to complete.

Peace Corps Fellows are eligible to complete the MA after only 48 credits due to an automatic 8-credits awarded by the IIC program for Peace Corps duty.

Degree Requirements

IIC PCF students must fulfill the same requirements as other IIC students with 3 exceptions:

  • Fellows are exempt from the two-year college level language proficiency requirement
  • Fellows are also required to complete an internship (rather than a thesis or substantial research paper). This internship must be completed with a high-needs community in the US.
  • Fellows are eligible to complete the IIC degree with 48 credit hours instead of the standard 56 -- an 8-credit reduction.

Peace Corps Fellows Curriculum:

  • 2 foundational courses in IIC
  • 4 courses in Media, Film, & Journalism Studies
  • 4 courses in International Studies
  • Research Methods course
  • Internship (4 credits) (must be completed in a high-needs community in the US.

Apart from the 3 exceptions listed above, all other degree requirements are the same for both standard students and PCF students. See the International & Intercultural Communication page for all other degree requirements.

For additional information see our page on the DU Bulletin: IIC Degree Requirements


If you are interested in the IIC/Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program, please fill out the general IIC application and note your interest in the IIC/PCF Program in your personal statement.

IIC Admissions Requirements (The IIC application & admission requirements are listed under the division of Social Sciences.)


Financial Aid

PCF Tuition Benefits

Peace Corps Fellows accepted to the IIC program are automatically granted 8 hours of academic credit toward the degree. Fellows are only required to take 48 credits as opposed to the usual 56-credit requirement, saving them over $10,000 on tuition.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Peace Corps Fellows accepted to the IIC program are automatically granted 8 hours of academic credit toward the degree. Fellows are only required to take 48 credits as opposed to the usual 56-credit requirement, saving them over $10,000 on tuition.

Two 12-credit tuition scholarship awards are also reserved for IIC students in the Peace Corps Fellows Program. Fellows are also eligible for partial tuition scholarships, work-study positions, and Colorado grants (for Colorado residents) alongside all other applicants and continuing students. The IIC Admissions Committee awards this financial aid based upon the dual criteria of merit and need.

All other financial aid options are listed on the main International & Intercultural Communication page



Ask us Anything

We are happy to answer any questions you have. 

  • Talk to our Communications & Recruitment Specialist:
  • Talk to our IIC Graduate Program Director, Dr. Erika Polson
Set up a Campus Visit

Meet with a faculty member, tour campus, talk to a current student, and get to know the program even better by scheduling a campus visit! Contact us at [email protected] or 303-871-2166 to get started. 

Hear from a Student

Our graduate students love to talk about their experiences. Email us at [email protected] to schedule an online chat session or to start an email conversation with a current IIC Peace Corps Fellow.



                                           Start Your Application!

Find out more about our application deadlines and requirements here: Admission requirements.

(The IIC application & admission requirements are listed under the division of Social Sciences.)