IPSL Graduate Program: Community Organizing & Social Activism (COSA)

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COSA, 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.
  • IPSL students work in a variety of settings and students can choose their own agency (or multiple agencies) according to their interests.
  • Your compassion, imagination, and hard work will benefit vulnerable populations and organizations in need.
  • IPSL graduates pursue prosperous careers that fulfill their most noble values. You, too, will learn to communicate with diverse cultures, resolve conflict diplomatically, and bridge social, racial, and economic gaps with skill.
  • 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 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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