IPSL Institute for Global Learning

Introduction

IPSL Institute for Global Learning is redefining higher education in the 21st century — leveraging international partnerships that eliminate boundaries between academia and society, and intentionally attuning students’ learning experiences to the challenges and opportunities of today’s world. Our unique educational environment is characterized by intellectual rigor, openness, reciprocity, creativity, and the skills and determination for empowerment.

Originally known as "The International Partnership for Service-Learning™ and Leadership" - IPSL, founded in 1982, is an educational organization serving students, colleges, universities, nonprofits and other service agencies around the world by fostering programs that link volunteer service to the community and academic study.

In keeping with our tradition as educational pioneers, IPSL recently launched our newest initiative in 2017... Community Organizing and Social Activism or, simply, "COSA."

What motivates IPSL?

IPSL works to make international engagement more ethical, accessible and sustainable, by facilitating relationships and learning between students and social change agents around the world. Unlike internships, IPSL does not 'place' students but, rather, offers opportunities for students to connect with our social change organizations (our partners) in 4 countries.

Today, IPSL, a registered Social Benefit Corporation (B-Corp), offers fully accredited graduate programs and credit-bearing, undergraduate service-learning programs in nations across the globe—programs in which over 4,000 students from more than 400 universities or colleges in the U.S. and 25 other nations have participated. IPSL invests over 83% of our program revenues directly back into the communities we serve.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Master

Master in Community Organizing and Social Activism (COSA)

Campus Full time 13 months August 2018 USA Portland Peru Cusco Colombia Medellín Cartagena Vietnam Hanoi Tanzania Arusha + 9 more

Through IPSL’s independently designed and curated reflections seminars, “Community Organizing and Social Activism (COSA), “ students receive a foundation of the history and key practices of community building and civic engagement, from domestic and international volunteerism, community organizing, grassroots social movements, and activism. [+]

The Master of Arts in Community Organizing and Social Activism (COSA) has built-in study abroad terms and is designed to meet the international demand for ethical leaders who can effectively engage and facilitate partnerships and empower communities.

Similar to IPSL Institute for Global Learning’s MA in International Development & Service (IDS), students are prepared for careers with nonprofit, government, and community development organizations through an interdisciplinary program that combines rigorous academic training with hands-on skill development through volunteer service in several countries.

Recent graduates have focused on the following themes:

Community-based Development, Global Health Issues, Environmental Justice, Disability Advocacy, International Education & Exchange, Peace and Reconciliation, Indigenous Rights, Sustainable Development, …. and other exciting fields within international development ... [-]

Master in International Development & Service (IDS)

Campus Full time 13 months August 2018 USA Portland Peru Cusco Colombia Medellín Cartagena Vietnam Hanoi Tanzania Arusha + 9 more

Independently designed and curated curriculum that responds to current social issues aligns with service and research opportunities and reflects student interests and latest trends in the field of International Development. [+]

The Master of Arts in International Development & Service (IDS) has built-in study abroad terms and is designed to meet the international demand for ethical leaders who can effectively engage and facilitate partnerships and empower communities.

Similar to IPSL Institute for Global Learning’s MA in Community Organizing and Social Activism (COSA), students are prepared for careers with nonprofit, government, and community development organizations through an interdisciplinary program that combines rigorous academic training with hands-on skill development through volunteer service in several countries. Students pursuing the IDS program will be required to take a minimum number of development theory courses abroad.*... [-]