Details at a Glance
IPSL engages students, educators, and grassroots organizations around the world in hands-on service to promote equitable relationships, social justice, sustainable change, and a commitment to our shared humanity.
IPSL, the founder of Service-Learning, is a global education institute within the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM.edu). We invest over 83% of our revenues directly back into the communities where we serve.
Since 1994, IPSL graduate programs have been designed to meet the international demand for ethical leaders. These leaders can effectively engage and facilitate partnerships and empower communities. Students are prepared for careers with nonprofit, government, and community development organizations. IPSL’s interdisciplinary program combines rigorous academic training online and abroad with skill development through volunteer service with global communities.
Program fees cover tuition (online and abroad), room-and-partial board abroad, international airfare (restrictions apply), most fees (including graduation fee), orientations, professional development, career guidance, and service-learning placement.
IPSL offers flexible program fees depending on the number of terms a student wishes to study abroad. Students choose between 1, 2, or 3 terms abroad; the rest is online. You get to choose!
IPSL programs are founded on international partnerships that eliminate boundaries between academia and society, and intentionally attune students’ learning experiences to the challenges and opportunities of today’s world. Our unique educational environment is characterized by intellectual rigor through scholarship and practice, openness, reciprocity, creativity, the desire to make a positive difference, and the skills and determination for empowerment.
Graduate Programs in International Development and Service (IDS) or Community Organizing and Social Activism (COSA)
Undergraduate international study and service-learning programs (semester, summer and custom) with academic credit
Advocacy Research™ abroad for academic credit
Ability to use your AmeriCorps Segal Education Award
IPSL application processing fee waived
Automatic $5,500 Scholarship from IPSL (even if you have already used your Ed award!)
Career at Your Fingertips
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.
Working with other cultures gives you an intimate familiarity with that culture. During the program (both online & in person) you will be engaged with local communities from around the world..
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.
Learn and advocate by conducting ethical research while abroad. IPSL students engage in critical thinking with theory-to-practice, ethical IRB-approved, publishable research. Your compassion, imagination, and hard work will benefit vulnerable populations and organizations in need.
Since 1981, IPSL students continue to 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.
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 deadline for a FALL (September) start is AUGUST 1st of each year.
The deadline for a WINTER (January) start is DECEMBER 1st of each year.
The deadline for a SPRING (April) start is MARCH 1st of each year.
The deadline for a SUMMER (July) start is JUNE 1st of each year.
What Our Students Say
More than anything, I'm learning to 'think differently' and question ways of doing things, which has been curriculum that's been lacking throughout my formal education and I'm deeply grateful for.”B. Hershey, Graduate ‘19
More than anything, I'm learning to 'think differently' and question ways of doing things, which has been curriculum that's been lacking throughout my formal education and I'm deeply grateful for.”