• Vietnam
    • Hanoi
Academic Year, Fall, Short Term, Spring, Spring Break, Summer, Winter
Subject Areas
Asian Studies Business Conflict Studies Conservation and Preservation Cultural Studies East Asian Studies Ecology Environmental Studies Global Studies History Human Rights Indigenous Cultures International Business Natural Sciences Peace Studies Political Science Service Learning Sociology Sustainable Development Tourism +10
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Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level


Price Details
Please contact IPSL for program fees. This program can be customized to suit your interests, goals and budget. Fee can include: Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; on-site and on-line orientation and pre-departure materials; homestay housing; partial board; service placement and supervision; health insurance; pick-up and drop off at airport upon arrival and departure; academic excursions; administrative fees; and pre-departure materials.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Classes Some Meals Transportation Travel Insurance
What's Included (Extra)

The fees, for this customizable program, can cover tuition, lodging, international airfare, airport transfers, orientations, excursions, service-learning placement and oversight and emergency medical/evacuation insurance. Work with IPSL's program director to create a program that suits your budget.

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

Passport; visa (secured in country upon arrival with assistance from onsite program staff) fees and vaccine fees; international airfare; books; spending money; additional local personal transportation; local cell phone and independent travel.

Aug 25, 2023
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About Program

IPSL students learn first-hand about Sustainable Development and Global Political Systems. Extensive excursions are both integrated into the courses as well as offered outside of class time. Our program treats fascinating Vietnam as your living classroom!

Participants will be advised and taught by the founder of The Center for Sustainable Development Services (CSDS) and Volunteers for Peace Vietnam. All courses are taught at CSDS and include COSA in Vietnam (Community Organizing and Social Activism), Vietnamese Language, Environmental Science, Sustainable Tourism, Global Health and the Environment, and Advocacy Research Independent Study.

Volunteer opportunities may include: working with disadvantaged children, environmental/conservation programs, English language tutoring; youth development; Eco-tourism program development; and working with women's empowerment programs.

Participants live at CSDS with all meals provided or you may arrange for an apartment nearby.

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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.

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.

Program Highlights

  • 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.
  • Earn academic credit
  • Upon completion of this course, students will be able to communicate effectively, utilizing everyday spoken Vietnamese, and should be able to read simple words and short sentences.
  • Get an inside perspective while living, learning and working with locals and other international students!
  • IPSL, the founder of Service-Learning, is a global education institute within Westminster University. They invest over 83% of their revenues directly back into the communities where they serve.

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