Terms, Dates, Fees

  • FALL 2019  
    • Dates:  09/23/2019 to 12/17/2019
    • PROGRAM FEE:  $13,800
    • CREDITS EARNED:  12 - 15
    • APPLICATION DEADLINE:  August 10, 2019​
    • Dates:  01/20/2020 to 04/04/2020

    • PROGRAM FEE:  $15,250

    • CREDITS EARNED:  12-15

    • APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Dec 1, 2019

  • FALL 2020
    • Dates: 09/20/20 to 12/12/20
    • PROGRAM FEE:  $15,250
    • CREDITS EARNED:  12 - 15
    • APPLICATION DEADLINE:  August 10, 2020
Click here to download undergraduate student budget.


Meet the IPSL Program Directors

Yut Chhon and Sarah Brown ancient country on the threshold of change.

When you decide  to learn from, serve with and live alongside Cambodian people in the IPSL program in Siem Reap, you will find yourself actively working with  communities in ways that inspire compassion and empath within you.  Join us on this  program that honors Cambodia's rich and fascinating - and of course turbulent - history, while also considering current challenges and looking toward the vibrant future that the Kingdom's young people are busy creating.

Now More Than Ever...

There is a clear and pressing need to engage with our world in an ACTIVE way. The world needs young leaders to fight for social justice and equal rights. Are you up for the challenge? Then be part of COSA - the only study abroad program working to create sustainable change through advocacy!


COSA - Community Organizing and Social Activism

Learn the practical skills to be an active agent of change and social justice. Study the many international efforts in history, learn from these efforts and use them to develop a personal ethic of service, advocacy and civic engagement. COSA will teach you the skills of community organizing and will empower you to create sustainable change in your own communities. 


Experience Cambodia like a local...not a tourist.

The country of Cambodia, officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia, is located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula and is bordered by Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. The country has a wealth of diversity and ethnic minority groups including:  Vietnamese, Chinese, Cham and many indigenous hill tribes.

Through service-learning, you will learn about Khmer culture, indigenous peoples, the role of ancient and current spiritual practices, and contemporary social issues while addressing social and economic challenges that come with globalization, tourism and development. 

Your volunteer service immerses you in the culture and deepens your understanding of Cambodian societies in a way that goes beyond that experienced in traditional study abroad programs.

Program Highlights
Language of Instruction: English

Transcript issued from IPSL Institute for Global Learning

Courses and Credits - Semester

Students may take up to 18 credits per semester. Currently 15 credits are offered. Courses are 3 credits each.


  • COSA in Cambodia (Community Organizing and Social Activism)

  • Introduction to COSA (Community Organizing and Social Activism)

  • Khmer Language 


  • Khmer History and Culture

  • Sustainable Tourism

  • Peace, Conflict and Regeneration

Service Opportunities

Opportunities for substantive service (approximately 15 hours per week) are generally available in the following areas:

  • Education, life skills training and youth empowerment

  • English language teaching and tutoring with young adults

  • Supporting environmental/conservation education programs

  • Assisting with development work with local NGOs


Students will stay in a beautiful interfaith reflection center on the outskirts of Siem Reap. As well as offering simple but comfortable Khmer-style accommodation in its tranquil grounds, the center is also home to a number of human rights, development, and advocacy projects, and serves as a meeting space or peace builders, development practitioners, and life-long learners from around the world. Bedrooms can either be single or double occupancy, so may be shared with another student. Partial board (breakfast every day, dinner Monday – Friday) is included, as well as kitchen facilities for students to prepare their own meals. There are a number of Khmer people living on site too.


  • We're really nice and support you in your journey!

  • We're the most experienced group in the field of International Service-Learning

  • You can make a real difference to people in need

  • You can FINALLY learn that language

  • You can dive deep into another culture!

  • To support development organizations in a SUSTAINABLE way

  • GROW - expand your horizons and challenge your assumptions!​



The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. TOEFL equivalent 550.

What's Included 

Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; on-site and on-line orientation and pre-departure materials; retreat center housing; partial board at IPSL housing only; service placement and supervision; volunteer permit fees; health insurance; pick-up and drop off at airport upon arrival and departure; academic excursions; administrative fees; and pre-departure materials. 

What's NOT included  

Passport; visa; visa extension fee; vaccine fees; international airfare; additional meals not included at the retreat center; books;  personal spending money; local transportation; local cell phone; internet data and independent travel.

Mailing Address:




Tel. +1.503.395.IPSL (4775)

Fax. +1.503.954.1881

  • Instagram Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Facebook Social Icon

© 2018 IPSL

A Registered Social-Benefit Organization