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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! 

“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. 

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 flat-topped Table Mountain which is accessible by cable car. At the top there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum. Time spent in the city studying, volunteering and living with a South African family is combined with opportunities to explore the National Parks as well as the urban environment of Cape Town and surrounding areas. 


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 and emotionally and physically. A student’s specific placement will be determined by community and agency needs, as well as the students’ interests, goals and skills.

Experience South Africa like a local...not a tourist.

Time spent in the city studying, volunteering and living with a South African family is combined with opportunities to explore the National Parks as well as the urban environment of Cape Town and surrounding areas.


Program Highlights

Language of Instruction: English

Transcript issued from IPSL Institute for Global Learning


Courses and Credits - Semester

Students may take up to 15 credits per semester.


  • COSA in South Africa - Community Organizing and Social Activism | 6 credits

  • Introduction to COSA | 3 credits



  • Apartheid's Footprint: South Africa Today

  • Ethics and Community Health in South Africa


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 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 our service organizations in a SUSTAINABLE way

  • GROW - expand your horizons and challenge your assumptions!

  • SUSTAINABLE CHANGE ON A GRASS- ROOTS LEVEL with ISPL Service-Learning Plus Program



The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential.  TOEFL equivalent 550.  No African language requirement.


What's Included

Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; on-site and on-line orientation and pre-departure materials; homestay housing;  partial board; service placement and supervision;  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 (if desired); volunteer permit fees; vaccine fees; international airfare; additional meals not included in homestay; books; personal spending money; local transportation; local cell phone; internet data and independent travel.