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 (13 months), with the majority of the program spent abroad. Students begin the program with a 2-week Residency at the IPSL Institute for Global Learning in Portland, Oregon, followed by three terms abroad (including a summer term) in IPSL partner communities in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Upon return from abroad, students finish the program with a 1-week Re-Entry Residency at the IPSL Institute for Global Learning in Portland, Oregon.
- 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.