Terms, Dates, Fees


  • FALL 2020  
    • Dates:  9/20/2020 to 12/12/2020

    • In-Country Fee:  $16,746

    • On-Line Fee: $8,196

    • Credits Earned  12-15

    • Application Deadline:  August 20, 2020

    • Dates:  1/17/2021 to 4/04/2021

    • In-Country Fee:  $16,746

    • On-Line Fee: $8,196

    • Credits Earned:  12-15

    • Application Deadline:  Dec. 1, 2020

  • SUMMER 2021 
    • Dates: 6/27/21 to 7/24/21
    • In-Country Fee:  $6,400 
    • On-Line Fee: TBD

    • Credits Earned:  6
    • Application Deadline: May 28, 2021
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You choose...
an abroad program when travel opens again (and it will!) or virtual classes taught by local professors and virtual service projects! 
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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 through Cambodia's recent  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: Khmer, Vietnamese, Chinese, Cham (muslin) and many indigenous hill tribes.

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 the National University of Natural Medicine, the academic home of the IPSL Global Institute at NUNM.

Courses and Credits - Semester

Students may take up to 18 credits per semester. Currently 15 credits are offered. Courses are generally 3 semester credits each or 4.5 quarter credits each.


  • COSA in Cambodia: An Introduction to  Khmer History and Culture

  • Introduction to COSA (Community Organizing and Social Activism)

  • Khmer Language


  • Sustainable Tourism

  • Peace, Conflict and Regeneration

Service Opportunities

Opportunities for substantive service (approximately 15 hours per week) are generally available in the following areas based on the current needs of our partner organizations:

  • Education, life skills training and youth empowerment

  • English language teaching and tutoring with young adults

  • Supporting environmental/conservation education programs

  • Assisting with communications work with local NGOs


For the first week in Siem Reap, you will stay at a centrally located local guesthouse giving you time to acclimatize and get to know the city. You will then move in with your host family who has been carefully chosen and is looking forward to welcoming you into their home. Host families are all located in the same neighborhood and not more than a 10-15 minute bike ride to the city center. You will have a private room and shared bath. One meal per day (usually dinner) is included and is typically eaten with your family. Cambodian's usually eat a light breakfast "on-the-go" and lunch is taken out or you can pack a lunch. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, gain higher proficiency in the language, and experience the culture from "the inside." All IPSL host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students.  Living with local residents is part of the immersion experience. Instead of being a tourist, an IPSL student gets to know what it's like to be part of a different culture.


  • 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; accommodation; partial board at IPSL organized 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; visa extension fee; and pre-departure materials. 

What's NOT included  

Passport; visa; visa extension fee; vaccine fees; international airfare; all meals at guesthouse; additional meals not provided by the host family; books;  personal spending money; local transportation; local cell phone; internet data and independent travel.