IPSL Graduate Program: International Development & Service (IDS)

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IDS, one of two IPSL International Graduate Programs, is designed to meet the international demand for ethical leaders who can effectively engage and facilitate partnerships and empower communities. 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.

COSA is approximately one calendar year (4 terms). During the COVID19 pandemic, IPSL is offering the graduate program in an online format. Once travel is permissible again, students may immediately shift to onsite study and service abroad. Please contact IPSL for further details.

  • Hands-on volunteer service lies at the heart of IPSL's pedagogy. Students in our programs perform 10-15 hours of required volunteer service per week during each of the terms abroad.
  • The IPSL collaborative graduate programs are unique in the world. As you look to begin your career, your résumé and experience will help you stand out for career-track positions.
  • Living and working in other cultures gives you an intimate familiarity with that culture, unlike any other experience can provide. You will be engaged with local communities as you study, live and serve overseas.
  • Your service and dedication in the field will provide you with devoted supporters, friends, and colleagues around the world who will take an interest in your future success.
  • IPSL students make a difference in the world. They do not just observe injustice. They do not just sympathize with injustice. They act thoughtfully and skillfully against injustice. We prepare students with the tools to make a difference in others’ lives.
IPSL is a registered Social Benefit Organization that is committed to its mission and dedicated to promoting an ethic of service. We invest over 83% of our revenues directly back into the communities where we serve.

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