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Start your global journey with IPSL


IPSL offers socially-engaged programs abroad. Make a difference with your time abroad. Choose from:

  • Graduate Degrees

  • Service-Learning / Ethical Volunteer Service

  • Language learning

  • Research 

  • Short-term credit/non-credit options

  • Financial Aid Options

Since 1981, all about global service with communities


The reward of the view from Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

"I learned more about the world and myself in those four months than I ever thought was possible. I absorbed the culture through the language, volunteering, the food, people, and utterly breathtaking geography.


It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never be able to forget." -- Kyle S.

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Customized Programs - credit or non-credit

Every IPSL program is designed in collaboration with you; whether you’re earning a degree or want to spend some time abroad, learning a language and/or Serving others, we can customize that experience for your budget, time frame, expertise, and interests.


Join our colleague, Sara, at the NAFSA Bi-Regional Conference in Vancouver, BC in October 2024. 



Individual Advising Sessions are available online during the week. 

If you are in Portland, let's meet in person over coffee or a beer and talk about your goals. 



Hear from students, alumni, parents, volunteers, and IPSL in-country program leaders. Email Us so we can connect you!


“More than anything, I'm learning to 'think differently' and question ways of doing things. This has been curriculum that's been lacking throughout my formal education and I'm deeply grateful for it.” -- IPSL Participant in Greece

What programs are available?

Whether you are seeking a service-based master's program or simply want to do something different, by serving abroad, you develop highly valuable, transferable skills. You can learn a language, too. And you'll definitely become more globally conscious and gain a perspective that will benefit you in your everyday life.


Check out the available IPSL programs and learn more about our amazing participants and  in-country partners.

Social Justice: Black Lives Matter

People standing by Black Lives Matter float with multicolored bricks

IPSL stands with all who condemn police brutality, systemic racism, discrimination and oppression of any kind. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter and BIPOC communities to build just relationships and invest in one another’s liberation.

We want to convey our deepest sympathy and solidarity with all summoned to action by the senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many other people of color


At IPSL, we want to be of service to you and communities around the world to bring justice and healing and further advance the goal of peace that we all share. To address issues of racial injustice, we need to  to build the type of systems we want to see. Words mean nothing unless we change our behavior. We commit to progress, action, and accountability. We commit to being actively anti-racist. 

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