The program curriculum combines Swahili Language & Culture with Community Organizing & Social Activism (COSA) and a wide selection of elective courses (taught in English) that focus on public health, international development and economics, diplomacy, conflict resolution, urban planning and international relations. IPSL students are integrated with African students and are taught by African professors, making for a rich cultural immersion experience. Service-learning placements are organized at various NGOs, humanitarian organizations, schools, museums, laboratories and clinics.
Tanzania has a mix of more than 120 ethnic groups, the majority of whom speak Bantu languages, including Kiswahili, the official language. Major religions include Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and tribal traditions. Tanzania has much to offer - amazing wildlife parks, unique marine ecosystems, spice islands, tropical beaches, the highest mountain in Africa and a rich cultural heritage.
IPSL specializes in volunteer-based study abroad programming. All programs are credit-bearing and will provide an official transcript upon completion of the program.
On average, 15 HOURS per week will be spent volunteering in addition to 6-21 semester credits worth of course work. Our programs are small cohorts of dedicated, service-minded students who that receive individualized attention from our staff.
- IPSL programs focus on experiential learning, ethical service & engaged research. Now the independent IPSL Institute for Global Learning is authorized to offer academic credit, issue official transcripts and confer diplomas through the Master's level.
- Explore community organizing and social activism with the goal of learning how to effectively translate these ideas and techniques into a concrete knowledge of social activism that can be applied across cultures, countries, and efforts.
- Time spent in Arusha studying, volunteering and living with a Tanzanian family is combined with opportunities to explore the National Parks as well as the urban environment of Arusha and surrounding northern Tanzanian villages.
- Earn up to 18 semester credits or 6 credits for the summer program!
- IPSL is a Social Benefit Organization with over 83% of profits directly returned to the people, communities & NGOs they partner with abroad.