IPSL programs combine credit-bearing, academic coursework and volunteer service abroad to give students a deeper, more meaningful study abroad experience.
Originally known as "The International Partnership for Service-Learning™ and Leadership" - IPSL, founded in 1982, is an educational organization serving students, colleges, universities, service agencies, and related organizations around the world by fostering programs that link volunteer service to the community and academic study.
IPSL GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS
Today, IPSL, a B-Corporation, offers a fully accredited graduate program and credit-bearing, undergraduate service-learning™ programs in nations across the globe—programs in which nearly 4,000 students from more than 400 universities or colleges in the U.S. and 25 other nations have participated.
THE IPSL GRADUATE PROGRAM IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT & SERVICE
Learning from theory and putting into practice principles that create sustainable change grounded in service leadership and social justice. Gain intercultural competency, international exposure and a deeper understanding of what it means to be a global citizen leading in service.
The IPSL master’s degree is an accredited program that combines rigorous graduate-level study with hands-on volunteer service in the United States and at select partner institutions abroad – Siena, ITALY, Chiang Mai, THAILAND, Quito & Galapagos Islands, ECUADOR, Port Elizabeth, SOUTH AFRICA, London, UK, Lima, PERU, and Manila, PHILIPPINES. The program, begun in 1996, is a theory-to-practice, experiential-learning program that prepares students for a variety of careers in global not-for-profit service agencies, NGOs, and international education.
IPSL students learn theory, apply learning through grassroots experience, gain leadership skills and capacities that international organizations need, and solve real problems in informed, responsible ways for communities in the U.S. and abroad. IPSL graduates assume leadership roles in agencies serving the needs of diverse populations. IPSL graduates build an international, professional network throughout their program, which helps them to secure a career-track position within their field.
To advance service-learning, IPSL publishes and distributes books related to service-learning, leadership and/or international education. IPSL international conferences, which have been held in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, draw participants from around the world. Ongoing research evaluates the impact of service-learning on students, institutions of higher education, and on the agencies and communities in which the students serve. Our Membership Program provides a network for institutions active in service-learning to engage in dialog and exchange on international service-learning practices.
Each year, IPSL publishes and distributes books and newsletters related to service-learning, leadership, and/or international education. The biennial conference, which has been held in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, draws participants from around the world. Ongoing research evaluates the impact of service-learning on students, institutions of higher education, and the agencies and communities in which the students serve.
To develop and promote service-learning in institutions of higher education around the world.
- sponsors international conferences
- collaborative research on the effect of service-learning on students, educational institutions and communities
- publishes curricular and other materials related to service-learning
- conducts symposiums for faculty members and administrators, program directors, alumni and members
- through various activities, helps to develop partnerships between colleges/universities and service agencies, both locally and internationally.
IPSL belongs to numerous professional organizations that help us to remain at the top of our field by providing conferences, research, publications and other resources to keep us informed of the newest developments in the field of study abroad, service-learning and language acquisition.
ISPL is a proud member of:
- NAFSA: The Association of International Educators
- The Forum on Education Abroad
- AmeriCorps Alums
- The Building Bridges Coalition
- IARSCLE (International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Engagement)
There are many ways to become involved with IPSL activities: