Multiple Locations +7
  • South Africa
    • Cape Town
  • Vietnam
    • Hanoi
  • Colombia
  • Greece
    • Thessaloniki
  • Guatemala
  • Peru
    • Cusco
  • Argentina
    • Buenos Aires
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Subject Areas
African Studies Asian Studies Conflict Studies Conservation and Preservation Cultural Studies East Asian Studies Education Environmental Studies Gender Studies Global Studies Graduate Studies Hispanic Studies History Human Rights Indigenous Cultures International Relations Latin American Studies Peace Studies Political Science Public Health Public Policy Public Relations Service Learning Social Work Sociology Sustainable Development Women's Studies +17
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Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Apartment Dormitory Host Family


Price Details
Pricing is dependent upon how many online vs in-country terms. Program fee covers all tuition, lodging, partial board abroad, international airfare (restrictions apply), most fees (including graduation fee), orientations, professional development, career guidance, and service-learning placement and oversight for each term. It also covers emergency medical/evacuation insurance while abroad, and most enrichment activities/excursions for the three terms students are abroad.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airfare Airport Transfers Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance
What's Included (Extra)

Tuition, room, partial board, international airfare (restrictions apply), grad fee, orientations, professional development, career guidance and service-learning placement and oversight. Emergency medical/evacuation insurance while abroad and most enrichment activities/excursions.

What's Not Included
Some Activities Domestic Airfare Some Meals SIM cards Visa Wifi
What's Not Included (Extra)

Books, personal spending money, transportation and expenses for independent travel. Visas and expenses related to obtaining visas or passports, any vaccines required for travel are students responsibility.

Aug 15, 2023
Mar 25, 2021
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About Program

COSA (Community Organizing and Social Activism) and IDS (International Development and Service) are IPSL's two International Graduate Programs. Each 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 and IDS are approximately one calendar year (4 terms). Abroad locations include Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, South Africa, Greece and Vietnam. Students who pursue the IDS program take specific courses in development theory. Program options include 3 terms abroad and 1 online or 2 terms abroad and 2 online. Please contact IPSL for further details.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

IPSL is in solidarity with all summoned to action by the senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many other black brothers and sisters. IPSL wants to be of service to you and communities around the world to bring justice and healing and further advance the goals we all share. ​We believe in the power of service to unite and strengthen communities.

LGBTQIA+ Support

IPSL admits and does not discriminate against students of any sex or sexual orientation. IPSL is proud to support social justice movements around the world through our Service, Scholarship, and Love. Then, as now, we are called to resist and speak out for what is right. LGBTQ+ Rights are Human Rights

Neurodivergent Support

IPSL provides equal access to our programs for academically qualified students with physical, learning, or psychiatric disabilities.

Accessibility Support

IPSL admits students of any disability and makes available all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students. It does not discriminate on the basis of disability in administration of its educational policies and programs, admission policies, merit scholarships or other organizations-administered programs.



IPSL works to lessen its carbon footprint on our increasingly fragile planet. Since study abroad can only take place by boarding a plane, IPSL contributes to sustainable projects in several countries whose efforts help mitigate the harmful effects of pollution and waste that result from traveling. In one academic year, IPSL can contribute funding to environmental organizations to offset close to 600,000 air miles flown by our students, staff, and faculty. In concrete terms, we remit funds to help plant trees around the world; those trees then absorb some of the harmful effects that result from our decisions.

Ethical Impact

Since 1981, IPSL has facilitated over 471,000 volunteer hours in our partner communities, supported the work of hundreds of nonprofits and NGOs around the world, vigorously (and unapologetically) promoted social-racial-economic justice through service-based programming, research and publishing, scholarships/funding, and on social media. Recently, our organization launched new initiatives that will sustain our service-based mission into the future. At home, we maintain the same mindful practices by supporting local organizations that support the most vulnerable people. Large and small, every decision we make is about giving back and making our world a better and more just place.

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on volunteer service lies at the heart of IPSL's pedagogy
  • 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.
  • 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.


IPSL Global Engagement Grant

IPSL Global Engagement offers an automatic $5,500 grant for Graduate degree programs in International Development and Service (IDS MA) and the Community Organizing and Social Activism Degree (COSA MA) to any AmeriCorps Alum, Peace Corps returnee or Veteran. They accept all Segal Education Award(s)!

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The Grassroots Study Abroad Program that Changed My Life!

I cannot speak highly enough of my experience with IPSL Global Institute and the positive impact it has had on the trajectory of my life since participating in their study abroad program in the Fall of 2019.

My circumstances were rather non-traditional, working full-time in Chicago with one semester left of my master's degree. Despite the many obstacles that presented themselves (one being that I was the very first graduate student at my university to study abroad, so we literally had to pave the way), IPSL was there every step of the way; to answer all of my questions and cater a program *perfect* for me!

Finishing my master's degree in Greece with IPSL was the experience of a lifetime. My program director and professor there guided me throughout my trip and made me feel like family. I had opportunities to explore outside of the city including Mount Olympus and was connected with local organizations serving vulnerable populations. Through them, I coordinated and taught Trauma Recovery Yoga classes to children experiencing homelessness and refugees in a camp outside of the city.

Besides being incredibly responsive, intuitive and knowledgeable, the staff at IPSL took the time to get to know me and what I truly hoped to get out of this experience. I've since learned the extent to which they connect with their community partners and genuinely care for invest in the communities their participants are serving.

It was genuinely one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life, and it wouldn't have been possible without the staff at IPSL genuinely striving to "make my dreams come true," as they do for each student that joins their programs.

If you're ready to make the world your classroom and gain life skills in expansive, thrilling ways, IPSL is the grassroots organization that can help you do just that!

What was your funniest moment?
There were many (!) joyous moments of connection and discovery whilst teaching English classes to unaccompanied minors in a refugee camp outside the city. Additionally, while teaching Trauma Recovery Yoga to children in a homeless shelter, the kids never ceased to do and say the funniest things!
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