Up with People is a unique semester-long study abroad experience that combines elements of International Education, Service Learning, and Performing Arts. Up with People participants come from 15-20 countries, and travel together as a group, visiting 17-20 cities on at least two continents. Participants stay in host families in each city they visit, providing an opportunity to learn first-hand about the local culture and community. Each visit is one week in duration, and includes multiple community service projects (1000 hours collectively in each city), as well as educational tours, speakers, and lectures. At the end of each week, participants put on a two-hour musical show featuring a combination of international hits and original Up with People music. Musical talent and/or experience are not a requirement for the Up with People program.
Programs begin in January and July of each year. Financial aid awards are applicable to the Up with People travel experience and participants can receive a full semester of college credit.
· Travel to two continents; live and learn with other young adults from around the world
· Impact communities through weekly Community Action projects
· Experience local cultures by living with host families in each community
· Perform in a high-energy, professionally produced show
· Develop and refine leadership skills beneficial to any career or life path
· Earn a full semester or year of academic credit (optional)
Undergraduate Opportunities for Up With People Alumni
IPSL partners with College of Mount Saint Vincent to offer unique opportunities for Up With People Alumni. Up With People Alumni can attend College of Mount Saint Vincent for their undergraduate education and be eligible for the College’s specialized Dean’s Merit Scholarship Award, titled Up With People Dean’s Merit Scholarship.
Up With People Alumni who apply to a College of Mount Saint Vincent undergraduate program will automatically be considered for the Dean’s Merit Scholarship award. Applicants will also be eligible for the full range of the College’s supplemental merit and need based scholarships and aid.
● First-year Students For qualified first-year undergraduate students who are Up With People Alumni and enroll beginning with the Fall 2016, the annual Dean’s Merit Scholarship awards will range from $16,000 - $20,000 for Resident students, and $11,000 - $15,000 for Commuter students.
● Transfer Students For qualified transfer students who are Up With People Alumni and have completed some college-level coursework, either at a community college or at another college or university, the Dean’s Merit Scholarship awards for students who enroll beginning with the Fall 2016 will range from $10,000 to $14,000 annually.
● Other Scholarships and Aid First-year undergraduate students who do not qualify for the Dean’s Merit Scholarship awards may receive Incentive Scholarship Awards, such as the Catholic Incentive Award for students who have graduated from parochial high schools, or the Rising Scholar Award for students who have graduated from public high schools. All students will be considered for need-based awards including the Alumni and Friends Scholarships, as well as institutional financial aid, federal and state student aid, and loans. Students can obtain free information and guidance from the Financial Aid Office at the College of Mount Saint Vincent at (718) 405-3289 or www.mountsaintvincent.edu/admission/financial- aid.
Experiential Learning Credits and Service Learning minor
College of Mount Saint Vincent offers Up With People Alumni who enroll at the College eligibility to receive undergraduate college credits for their experiential learning during their Up With People program. This unique offer allows students to both accelerate their program of study and to participate in additional international service-learning programs offered through College of Mount Saint Vincent’s and IPSL’s collaboration.
Alumni of Up With People will be eligible for up to 15 transfer credits upon enrollment.
Designed to recognize both academic and experiential achievements, all students who have participated in Up With People and enroll at College of Mount Saint Vincent undergraduate program will automatically be considered for credit.
Some of the transfer credits awarded can be applied towards CMSV’s minor in Service-Learning. Additional consideration for credits applicable to the CMSV undergraduate core curriculum requirements will be given to all students who enroll at College of Mount Saint Vincent.
IPSL Graduate Program in International Development and Service for Up With People Alumni
Up With People Alumni can continue their global learning with IPSL's Graduate Program in International Development and Service. Students participate in service-learning for local community organizations throughout each semester of this program and spent two semesters in two different countries abroad. Over the course of this two-year program, students have studied at three different academic institutions with local faculty, experienced four different service placements, and studied in three different locations.
Up With People Alumni who apply to the IPSL graduate program may qualify for:
1) IPSL relocation assistance and/or
2) IPSL flight scholarship(s)
3) Waived application fee for the IDS program