Master's in COSA - 3 Countries in 1 Year

Location: United States: Portland

Program Duration: Multiple Year

Dates: Year Round


4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #200 Portland, OR 97214 United States

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Phone: (503) 395-4775

Fax: (503) 954-1881


This Master's in Community Organizing and Social Activism (COSA) program runs approximately one calendar year, with a majority of your time spent abroad. The program begins with a 2-week Residency at IPSL’s Institute for Global Learning in Portland, Oregon (or on-line). Then, spend 3 terms (including a summer term) in IPSL partner communities in South Africa, Vietnam, Greece, Guatemala and/or Colombia. The program concludes with a 1-week Re-Entry Residency in Portland (or on-line).

IPSL graduate programs are designed to meet the international demand for ethical leaders who can effectively engage and facilitate partnerships and empower communities. Students are prepared for careers with nonprofit, government, and community development organizations through an interdisciplinary program that combines rigorous academic training with hands-on skill development through volunteer service in several countries. IPSL programs are founded on international partnerships that eliminate boundaries between academia and society.

Cohorts begin in September (Fall cohort), January (Winter cohort), or April (Spring cohort).

Degree Level


Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • English

Cost in US$:

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

Program fee covers all tuition, lodging during the residencies in Portland, Oregon, room-and-partial board abroad, lodging and most meals while abroad; international airfare (restrictions apply), most fees (including graduation fee), orientations, professional development, career guidance, and service-learning placement and oversight for each term. It also covers emergency medical/evacuation insurance while abroad, and most enrichment activities/excursions for the three terms students are abroad.

Credit Available


Experience Required


Volunteer Types
  • Community Centers
  • Gender Issues
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Health
  • Health Care
  • AIDS
  • Arts
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Community Development
  • Public Health
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Conservation
  • Culture
  • Special Needs
  • Drug & Alcohol Recovery
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Economic Development
  • English Teaching
  • Environment
  • Human Rights
  • Organic Farming
  • Public Policy
  • Refugee Relief
  • Small Business Development
  • Social Work
  • Women
  • Youth Development
  • Animal Welfare
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Dormitory
  • Home-stays

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
  • Letters of Reference
  • Transcript
  • Phone/Video Interview
Typically The Application Process Time is
1 week
IPSL's Mission Statement

IPSL engages students, educators, and grassroots organizations around the world in hands-on service to promote equitable relationships, social justice, sustainable change, and a commitment to our shared humanity

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