Online Application
Terms & Dates​*
  • WINTER 2021
    • Dates: 01/20/21​ to 04/04/21
  • SPRING 2021
    • ​Dates: 04/19/21​ to 06/27/21
  • SUMMER 2021 
    • Dates: 06/27/21 to 09/15/21
  • FALL 2021 
    • Dates:  09/19/21 to 12/10/21

* Dates are Approximate

“I was motivated to participate in an IPSL program when I found out that they give you the opportunity to provide hands-on service with grassroots organizations and they are a social benefit organization that reinvests it’s program revenues back into the communities where they have partnerships.  The best thing about the IPSL program is that if you have a social cause you are passionate about they offer you an opportunity to bring your ideas to life at local organizations. “


Meet the IPSL Program Director
Andrew Hepburn-Brown
Bio to come!

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 though 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. 

South Africa: Apartheid's Footprint, Community Health and Transformation

Cape Town is a beautiful port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, with a colorful mix of cultures, cuisines and landscapes. It is located beneath the famous flat-topped Table Mountain and is nirvana for any outdoor enthusiast and nature lover. In this program, there is much to absorb, digest and reflect upon by digging deep into South Africa's colonial past, the turmoil of the apartheid era to the countries fledgling democracy. This program is an intensive and interactive study abroad and service experience where you engage with the culture, food, lifestyle, history, current social challenges and opportunities and more first-hand through coursework, expert lecturers, service projects, and site visits. 

IPSL is partnered with a social service organization in South Africa. This non-profit recognizes that the challenges of homelessness and mental health requires innovative solutions. Focusing on people struggling with addiction and living on the streets, they provide rehabilitative employment to vulnerable people, giving them a chance to heal themselves mentally, emotionally and physically. 

Program Highlights

Language of Instruction: English

Courses and Credits
Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall Term

Graduate students generally take 2-3 classes per term. Courses are 4.5 Quarter credits each.



  • COSA in South Africa: Apartheid's Footprint (Community Organizing and Social Activism)



  • Ethics and Community Health in South Africa

  • Independent Study 

  • Advocacy Research 

Service Opportunities

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

  • Youth Development

  • Education

  • Medicine/Health

  • Social Services

  • Criminal Justice

  • Social enterprise job training for the houseless

  • Substance abuse rehabilitation




Students will live in a homestay with a South African family in Cape Town. Bedrooms can be either single or double-occupancy and shared with another same-sex family member or other student.  Partial board is included. 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 focused on doing the RIGHT THING

  • 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

  • You can conduct Advocacy Research

  • To support our service 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.  No Spanish language requirement.

What's Included 

International airfare*; Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; on-site and on-line orientation and pre-departure materials; airport transfers on arrival and departure;; cultural excursions; expert lectures; homestay with partial board; emergency medical/evacuation insurance.


What's typically NOT Included 

Local transportation (excluding airport transfers;  Cell phone service; passport should you decide to get one if you wish to stay longer than 90 days); required entry documents (ie: visa if required) vaccine fees (if required/or elected); Course materials; Personal travel and personal spending money.