IPSL Graduate Program: International Development & Service

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IPSL is a registered Social Benefit Corporation 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.


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.

IDS 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, 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.
  • 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.

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About IPSL Institute for Global Learning

IPSL programs combine academic studies and community service and full cultural immersion to give students a deeper, more meaningful study abroad experience.

The mission of IPSL is to engage students, educators, and community members in the union of...