Master of Arts in
Theory & practice
THE MASTER OF ARTS INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
T he M.A. in International Service program integrates rigorous
academic study with substantive volunteer service in two
nations for one academic year, giving students opportunities
to test theoretical knowledge through hands-on, practical
experience in diﬀerent cultures. The program is designed to
prepare skilled professionals for careers delivering social services
to communities on the local and international levels.
P rivate voluntary organizations and government social
All students begin the program in a U.S. city for a week of
service programs need personnel who have academic and
orientation, workshops, and institutional visits. For the fall
theoretical knowledge as well as the practical experience of
semester, students elect to study and serve in either Jamaica
working “in the ﬁeld.” The M.A. in International Service prepares
or Mexico; for the spring semester, all students study and serve
skilled professionals for such careers, delivering social services to
in England. The program culminates in the preparation of a
communities on the local and international levels.
thesis. The M.A. degree is awarded by Roehampton University,
The academic study and volunteer service in the M.A. program
prepare graduates to function eﬀectively in a private or public
agency by teaching theories and tools of analysis along with the
practical skills needed for working with a community. Throughout
“ When I tell people about my M.A. in the program, students are able to ﬁeld test their academic learning
International Service, many are excited through volunteer service with community agencies.
that a program in nonprofit management The International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership
(IPSL) initiated the M.A. in International Service to meet the
and service-learning actually exists. I needs of:
value every moment I spent in Kingston
• Service organizations that require trained professionals with
and London. Education abroad hits you a conceptual background in service issues, combined with
from every angle. You can’t not learn! ” grassroots, practical ﬁeld experience and an understanding
of international/intercultural realities.
— Karol Kozak ‘02, now working for the Make-A-Wish Foundation
headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona
• Students who hold a bachelor’s degree and seek a career in
the private or public sector of social services, especially in
international or intercultural settings, and particularly those
graduates who already have service experience.
In designing the curriculum for the degree, IPSL staﬀ interviewed
international and local service organizations to determine the
areas of knowledge and the skills these organizations seek when
they hire beginning professionals. Working with its aﬃliated
universities in Mexico, Jamaica and England, IPSL designed the
curriculum and the service experiences to satisfy the requirements
of such organizations. The ﬁrst group of students enrolled in the
program in 1997.
T he three universities cooperating with IPSL in the M.A.
program—Roehampton University, London; the University
of Technology, Jamaica; and the Universidad Autónoma de
Guadalajara, Mexico—are distinguished and fully-recognized
institutions of higher education, validated to award undergraduate
and graduate degrees by their respective governments and
Ministries of Education. All have a long history with and
commitment to service and to international education, and each
is a host institution for an undergraduate program of IPSL. �����
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A not-for-proﬁt educational organization founded in 1982, the
International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership Located on the banks of the
(IPSL) designs and administers undergraduate and graduate River Thames, London is famous for its vast cultural oﬀerings
programs that integrate rigorous academic studies with and historic sites, including the British Museum, the Houses of
substantive volunteer service. The semester and summer programs Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham
have attracted students from over 400 colleges and universities Palace, the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and
in the United States and several other nations. Undergraduate many others. London is also one of the world’s most culturally and
programs are oﬀered in the Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, ethnically diverse cities, and it is home to countless international
France, India, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia, service, advocacy, relief and development organizations.
Scotland, Thailand, and the Lakota Nation, USA. IPSL also promotes
the joining of academic study and volunteer service through
conferences, publications, and consulting.
Roehampton University is located next to the Richmond Park area
of London, a 20-minute train or Tube ride from the city center.
The beautiful, historic 150 year-old campus is comprised of four
colleges, each with a diﬀerent history and focus, which together
oﬀer a full range of liberal arts, education, business and health
programs. Roehampton University awards the Master of Arts
“ It is one thing to study abroad, degree in International Service. All studies completed during
orientation and at the two other universities during the ﬁrst
learn about a culture and see the semester are fully recognized by Roehampton University.
sights. It is quite another thing to
go beyond the temporary, visiting Roehampton University is a fully recognized state University
tourist status and collaborate in the UK, recognized, like all other Universities, by the Privy
Council (www.privy-council.org.uk) and the Higher Education
with a community that will receive Funding Council for England (www.hefce.ac.uk). Roehampton
you as one of their own.” also is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and for
U.S. federal ﬁnancial aid with the code number 021019 (G21019
— David Del Pozo ‘01, now working as the Assessment Coordinator for FAFSA forms).
for 9/11 Recovery at the American Red Cross in New York
The University Universidad
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Kingston, the capital
of Jamaica, is a vibrant and colorful city that displays in full
Guadalajara, a historic city with roots in both the indigenous and
Jamaica’s connections by culture to Africa, by geography to
Spanish colonial cultures, has given Mexico some of its greatest
the Americas, and by history to the British Commonwealth. The
artists, artisans, and political and social leaders. Today, it is a
national language is English (with a melodious lilt), but you will
contemporary cosmopolitan cultural center and thriving business
hear equally the “second language,” patois. Service-learning in
city, noted for its beautiful public buildings, plazas, markets, arts
Jamaica oﬀers you an opportunity to experience a young nation
and crafts, classical and folk music and dance, museums, and
still struggling with post-colonial issues, and a city faced with
extensive murals by Orozco. Poverty and the diﬃculties faced by
social and economic problems. You will be fully immersed in the
many—including indigenous peoples—are evident, however,
culture, learning from your classroom studies, service placement,
and you will have the opportunity to research and address some
homestay with a Jamaican family, and everyday living in this
of these issues while strengthening your Spanish language
complex, dynamic Caribbean city.
skills. The unique relationship that exists between Mexico and
the United States also creates an opportunity for research and
The University cultural learning.
The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), was founded
in 1959. Today, as the national university of Jamaica, it serves
over 8,000 students from Jamaica, the Caribbean, and other
The Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG) was founded in
countries in the liberal arts, education, commerce, architecture,
1935 as the ﬁrst private university in Mexico. Today, UAG serves
and engineering, oﬀering both undergraduate and graduate
15,000 Mexican, Latin American, and international students
degrees. UTech collaborates with the University of the West Indies
in undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts,
in areas of educational development, and together they are the
medicine, law, business, architecture, education, design, and
two most prestigious universities in Jamaica. Service is a degree
social work. The UAG School of Medicine was an early pioneer
requirement for all UTech students.
The University Council of Jamaica has registered the University
The Universidad Autónoma
of Technology, Jamaica, as a tertiary institution granting under-
de Guadalajara is accredited
graduate and graduate degrees, and accredits its programs.
by the Mexican Federal
Secretary of Public Edu-
Program Design Orientation
he M.A. in International Service program integrates rigorous n integral and required part of the program, the one-week
academic study with substantive volunteer service for one orientation brings together all M.A. students in a U.S. city
academic year, giving you opportunities in diﬀerent cultures to before the Mexico and Jamaica semesters begin. Activities for
test theoretical knowledge through practical experience. The the week include: an introduction to the program and to the
program culminates in the preparation of a thesis. countries where it takes place; discussion of the theory and
practice of experiential education and how to use reﬂection and
All students begin the program in a U.S. city for a week of other methods to draw learning from experience; training in
orientation, workshops, and institutional visits. For the fall intercultural communication; visits to local service organizations;
semester, you will elect to study and serve in either Jamaica or workshops; and the opportunity for students to get to know each
Mexico. For the spring semester, all students study and serve in other. During this time, you begin the required course, “Reﬂection
England and remain after the end of the term to complete the on Service-Learning”:
thesis, which is due by the ﬁrst Monday in September. English
Reﬂection on Service-Learning
language proﬁciency is required for the entire program; students
choosing Mexico must also demonstrate Spanish language skill. This course begins during orientation and continues through the
(See p. 10 for further details.) fall and spring semesters. It provides you with the opportunity to
reﬂect upon your intercultural and service experiences during the
Though service is a required part of the program, academic program through seminar discussion and group work. You learn
credit is not given for the service. Rather, the service becomes an methods for examining and interpreting your experiences, such
important resource for learning about the culture and its social as how to consider multiple interpretations of events, how you
institutions, and is used along with reading, class lectures, discus- make attributions, and how you hypothesize, test hypotheses,
sions, and other experiences and draw conclusions.
in preparing the papers and
assignments for the courses. Orientation week also provides an opportunity for you
to think about personal goals, career development,
The program is designed as and upcoming job searches. Accommodations and
a cohort program, and each some meals are arranged by IPSL and are included in the
group is usually comprised program fee.
of students from the U.S.
and several other nations.
M.A. students attend classes
together during the two
semesters, allowing them to learn and grow from one another’s
experiences and expertise. It has also proven helpful to have the The program takes one academic year plus a summer to complete.
support of the group during and after the program. Please check ipsl.org or call IPSL for exact dates.
Orientation mid-August (one week; U.S.A.)
Fall Semester mid-August – mid-Dec. (Jamaica or Mexico)
Spring Semester early January – early June (England)
Thesis Completion June – mid-July (England)
Degree Credits Thesis Due Date 1st Monday in September
Thesis Evaluation September
S tudents receive credits in both UK and U.S. university Degree Awards October
designations. In British nomenclature, you will receive 180 Graduation Ceremony March (following year)
credits (including the Master’s thesis) for the full year of academic
work. In U.S. terms, the work is the equivalent of 40 semester The program officially ends in mid-July. Students who have not
credits, including 8 awarded for the thesis. (While translating completed their thesis by that time may choose to stay in England
credits between national systems is not exact, for U.S. purposes (highly recommended) at their own expense or to return home to
it may be helpful to understand that the program involves about complete their thesis, which is due by the ﬁrst Monday of September.
540 contact hours of instruction, somewhat more than is usual In our experience, students who remain in London have a much easier
for a similar U.S. degree.) time completing their thesis than those who return home to do so.
rehabilitation initiatives, and homes for young single mothers. The
Fall Semester (Jamaica or Mexico) service may be direct human care such as assisting orphans or the
disabled, or it might draw upon and develop your organizational
D uring the fall semester, you will be immersed in the culture skills, such as designing educational programs for children or
at many different levels. The academic studies, service assisting in the development, implementation, or running of
placements, and homestays are designed to provide a complex social service programs of all kinds.
intercultural experience. Courses are taught by local professors in
the style and custom of their university system, allowing you to
experience how an educational system both reﬂects and shapes a
I n Jamaica and Mexico, you live in a homestay with a local family,
culture. Students are encouraged to challenge critically their own
who introduces you to family life in the culture and provides
assumptions regarding academics, family, work, and culture.
some of your daily meals. An integral part of the program, the
homestay oﬀers you the opportunity to make life-long friends,
Academic Studies reinforce language skills, and experience the culture from “the
T here are ﬁve required courses, plus the “Reﬂection on Service- inside.”
Learning” course, which starts during orientation and continues
throughout the year (see p. 5). You engage in studies that
integrate your classes, research, and learning from your service
Social and Cultural History of Jamaica/Mexico
Includes study of the family, work, cultural values, and structure
of the community.
Contemporary Conditions of Jamaica/Mexico
Includes study of demographics, health, education, employment,
and economic organization.
Spring Semester (England)
Cultural Context through Language and Literature
T he spring semester focuses on theoretical and practical issues of
Considers issues of the society as revealed through the nation’s
organization, management, global politics, and development.
You will continue to utilize and test theories in your service
placement, and work with your advisor to revise and develop
Case Study in Addressing a Community Need
your thesis ideas and then to write your thesis.
Requires you to study the agency where you are serving, analyzing
its development in response to community needs.
Research Methods and Thesis Writing
T here are four required courses, plus the continuing “Reﬂection
Prepares you for the preparation of the Master’s thesis/dissertation.
on Service-Learning” course (see p. 5). All studies continue to
Simultaneously, you begin work on your thesis, identifying a
integrate the service experience into the academic learning.
community problem that you will address, and completing
background research under the supervision of a tutor/advisor.
Structure and Management for Not-For-Proﬁt
Volunteer Service Involves classes, lectures, discussion, and library research on
organization theory as applied to not-for-proﬁt organizations.
ou will be placed in an established service agency in
It also uses this conceptual framework for the writing of a major
the community, serving under professional direction for
paper about the operation of the London-based agency in which
approximately 15–20 hours per week during the semester.
you are serving.
Placements are based on your interests and skills as well as on
the needs of the community. Areas of service include education,
Global Governance & Citizenship
health care and community development. Students have served
Focuses on the mechanisms that are available for meeting needs
with international organizations such as Habitat for Humanity
in a global economy and on the philosophy that lies behind
and the International Red Cross, as well as with smaller, local
diﬀerent political choices about which mechanisms to use.
organizations such as the YMCA, educational institutions, prisoner
The Master’s Thesis
Considers the main theoretical perspectives on development and
current issues in development, such as the implications of social
S tudents are awarded a total of 8 U.S. credits for the successful
power and identity categories including gender, race, nationality
completion of the thesis (called a dissertation in the UK). Work
on the thesis begins in the fall and continues through the spring
semester. Although course work ends in early June, it is highly
Project Management and Service Delivery
recommended that you remain in England through June and July
Considers the critical issue of managing projects. The use of
to complete your thesis. If needed, you may continue working
contracts and competitive bidding is now commonplace, and
on your thesis after the program ends, for an additional advising
those who seek to provide social services are often forced to learn
fee. The ﬁnal thesis must be submitted by the ﬁrst Monday of
a more commercial approach to securing grants and other monies
in order to provide important services. In this module, students
develop research and project-management skills that will be
The thesis of approximately 15,000 words requires a special in-
useful for their work in service agencies or NGOs.
depth study of some aspect of the provision of social services;
its subject and scope are defined in consultation between
Managing in the Voluntary Sector the individual student and the dissertation advisor. The thesis
For this course, IPSL M.A. students join students in Roehampton provides an opportunity for you to investigate in detail a social
University’s Voluntary Action Management Program. The problem occurring locally or elsewhere, examine issues related to
module considers the issues arising from the recruitment and an agency’s functioning, consider the cultural context of service
deployment of volunteers, and is designed to equip students to delivery or policy recommendations, or other topics approved by
develop policies and procedures for the recruitment, support and the dissertation advisor.
supervision of volunteers.
Recent students have written their theses about: sustainable
development; reproductive rights; HIV/AIDS; the elderly; inner-city
education; poverty and
A s in the fall semester, you are placed in a service assignment
of approximately 15–20 hours per week, through which you
and cultural identity;
will continue to learn about the workings and management of
Habititat for Humanity
an agency in its cultural context. Service assignments in London
(an impact assessment);
are available in a wide variety of organizations. The Placements
arts as activism; organi-
Oﬃcer will works with you to ﬁnd the most suitable placement,
given both community needs and your interests, thesis focus,
and behavior; human
and career goals. Students have served in agencies such as: Plan
rights NGOs in Guate-
International, a humanitarian organization that helps children in
mala; refugees in Sierra
need in developing countries; Survival International, which helps
Leone; and other topics.
tribal people protect their lands and determine their own futures;
Crisis, an organization that provides support and opportunities
to the homeless and advocates on their behalf; Kids Company,
which delivers emotional and practical support to children within
structures that are directly accessible by them; Age Concern, the
“ The topic of my dissertation is still
UK’s largest organization working with and for older people;
the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative; World Jewish Aid;
A huge part of my life. I volunteer
Voluntary Service Overseas; and many others.
For two organizations doing special-
events fundraising surrounding issues of
I n England, you may choose to live on campus if space is available,
microenterprise and fair trade—two things
or arrange oﬀ-campus housing for yourself with assistance
from the oﬀ-campus housing oﬃce of Roehampton University. In
I came to care about during the program.”
both cases, you are responsible for your own meals and housing
costs. — Sally Nelson ‘02, worked as Director of Special Events for the Horticultural
Society of New York after the program and is now living in London
M.A. Students & ALUMNI
students typically come from diverse backgrounds:
public and private universities; a variety of majors;
some with and some without international and/or service
experience; some from the U.S. and some from other countries.
Past graduates have come from the U.S., Canada, Ecuador,
Greece, Guatemala, Jamaica, Japan, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, the
Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea, Togo, and the UK. Some
students have already earned master’s degrees in other areas, arah earned
and some go on to earn further degrees after completing the her bachelor’s
program. Almost all go on to interesting careers in the social degree in Inter-
service sector, some with domestic and some with international national Affairs
organizations. from George Washington University and worked as director of
outreach for Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL), an
organization that encourages college students to be involved
in community service. She then became the national Operation
Frontline coordinator for Share Our Strength, an organization that
ﬁghts hunger. Her interest in food supply and distribution became
a central theme to her M.A. program. During the program, she
worked for Youth Opportunities Unlimited, a mentoring program
in Jamaica, and World Jewish Aid, an international aid organization
in London. Her thesis topic explored factors impacting food
security for children in Jamaica. Sarah now works as Manager
Some of the jobs M.A. alumni have held after completing of Child Nutrition for City Harvest, a food rescue program in
New York. She says that the master’s degree was a key factor
in acquiring the position and being given new responsibilities.
• assessment coordinator, 9/11 Recovery, American Red Cross
• president and co-founder, National Pardon Centre (Canada)
• program coordinator, International Youth Foundation
• development volunteer associate, Women’s Cancer Resource Jamaica/London 1998–99
J ennifer received her bachelor’s degree
• manager of child nutrition, City Harvest
from Stetson University in Florida.
• coordinator, Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s
After completing the M.A. program,
Prisons for the Vera Institute of Justice
Jennifer worked as a paralegal in New
• research analyst, Washington State Department of Revenue Orleans and researched contemporary
slavery for a Roehampton professor.
• judge’s clerk
While in New Orleans, she began
volunteering with an anti- death
• educational and grant-writing consultant
penalty advocacy organization, and
• teacher / professor later became project coordinator for the Capital Post-Conviction
• director of outreach programs, College Access Center Project of Louisiana, a non-proﬁt death penalty appeals law
(provides access for underrepresented, disadvantaged and oﬃce that she helped to develop from its inception. As project
ﬁrst-generation students) coordinator, she was the chief administrator of the office,
• researcher, Free the Slaves overseeing everything from the agency’s annual budget and its
information management systems to the training of paralegals,
• director of special events, Horticultural Society of New York
interns, and pro-bono attorneys. Jennifer is currently the
• director of therapeutic recreation at a long term care/
coordinator of the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s
rehabilitation facility for the geriatric population.
Prisons for the Vera Institute of Justice.
“The Master’s in International
Service program and degree was
a great experience. People I meet
find it really interesting, as
S teve received his bachelor’s
there are so few degrees like it.
degree in Sociology from
I am still in touch with the
Dominican University and
went directly into the M.A. in
people I met on the program—
International Service program.
In Jamaica, he carried out
fellow students and professors.”
research for his thesis, which
was a qualitative study of how
— Megan Barbano-Maxwell ‘01, now the Director of Mentoring
HIV/AIDS prevention programs
Services at Big Brothers Big Sisters International in Philadelphia
may be planned to address
men’s gender and health issues
in Jamaica through theatre in
education techniques. His passion for international social issues
grew as he continued his studies at Roehampton University,
where, after earning his M.A., he went on to pursue a Higher
Teaching Certiﬁcate and Doctorate in Sociology. He has since
taught at Roehampton and the University of Mississippi. Steve
has worked on human traﬃcking and modern slavery issues
for Free the Slaves in Washington, D.C., and for the Anti-Slavery efore starting the M.A. program,
Campaign for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Immokalee, Megan worked as a case manager
Florida. He helped generate two major reports, Hidden Slaves, for Big Sisters, a mentoring program,
which investigates modern slavery presently occurring in the and also as a member of AmeriCorps
United States, and Recovering Childhoods, a report on child VISTA, a national service program
traﬃcking in northern India. Today, Steve works at the Florida that helps bring communities and
Legislature’s Oﬃce of Program Policy Analysis and Government individuals out of poverty. Megan
Accountability as a Policy Analyst in the criminal justice policy sought out a master’s degree
area. program that would allow her to
focus on and learn more about
nonproﬁt organizations, social issues, and international work.
During the M.A. program, she served with Centro Integral in
Mexico, and Big Brothers Big Sisters in London. Her thesis was
about volunteerism in the United States, Canada, and Mexico,
and focused on national service schemes and possible service
exchanges among the three countries. Megan is now the Director
of Mentoring Services at Big Brothers Big Sisters International in
Philadelphia, where she is responsible for providing support to
existing aﬃliate mentoring programs in Latin America and the
Caribbean, as well as working on new endeavors. Megan says
she draws upon her Master’s education and experience as she
works with NGOs to start the mentoring program—assessing
their resources and capabilities, discussing volunteerism, making
the program culturally relevant, and providing training on
programmatic and organizational issues.
Program Directors Eligibility & Language Requirement
Jennifer Iles (Co-Convener, England), Senior Lecturer in he program welcomes students from any nation. We look for
Sociology, Roehampton University. B.A., Humanities and Social students who demonstrate maturity, intellectual ability, and
Sciences, Open University; M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology, University a desire to serve. Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s
of Surrey, Roehampton (England). degree before entering the M.A. program, with a minimum of a
3.0 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent.
Bill Rushbrooke (Co-Convener, England), Principal Lecturer in
Management, Roehampton University. B.Ed. Business Studies and In Jamaica and England, all academic courses are taught in
Psychology, University of London; M.Sc. Management, Henley English. Non-native English speakers must have English language
Business School (Brunel University); Postgraduate Diploma in skills equivalent to the IELTS (International English Language
Marketing. Test System) score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all bands) or
a TOEFL score of 600 (paper test) or 250 (computer test), with a
Geraldene Hodelin (Jamaica), Dean of the Faculty of Education minimum of 4 on the writing test.
and Liberal Studies, University of Technology, Jamaica. Ph.D.,
University of Minnesota. In Mexico, courses are taught in both English and Spanish. To
fulﬁll the academic requirements and be useful in the service
José Luis Arreguin (Mexico), Director of International assignment, students selecting Mexico for the ﬁrst semester
Programs, Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. M.A. in must have at least an intermediate level of Spanish, which usually
International Administration, Central Michigan University; also means successful completion of at least 4 years of college- or
studied at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (Mexico), university-level Spanish. Students applying to go to Mexico will
Georgetown University, University of Kagoshima (Japan), and have their Spanish language ability assessed.
the World Bank Institute.
Martha Merrill (IPSL), Dean of Academic Programs, IPSL. B.A.
in Russian Literature, University of Michigan; M.L.S. in Creative
Writing, Boston University; M.A.L.S. in Islamic Culture Studies,
S ee ipsl.org for current fees. The total fee includes:
Columbia University; M.A. and Ph.D. in Higher Education
Administration, University of Michigan.
• Tuition: all instructional and administrative costs; pre-
program materials and processing; advising; service
placement and supervision; health insurance; ﬁeld trips;
thesis guidance for both semesters; and the week of
activities during orientation.
• Room and basic board: includes orientation week in the U.S.
and the ﬁrst semester in Jamaica or Mexico.
Please note that accommodations and meals in England are not
included in the program fee. It is recommended that students
budget £3,120 for six months of rooming costs in England. (As
of summer 2007, this is approximately $6,275, but applicants are
advised to check the exchange rate at the time they are planning
Passport & Visa their budgets.) All fees are subject to change due to ﬂuctuations
in the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar.
S tudents must have a passport valid for at least six months after
the end of the program, and are responsible for obtaining visas Students are responsible for personal expenses, which include:
for their stays. We strongly encourage you to obtain a student visa housing and meals in England; air travel to the orientation city
for England that allows you to stay until the ﬁnal thesis deadline. in the U.S., to and from Mexico or Jamaica, and to and from
IPSL will advise you in the visa application process. England; books; some meals; local travel; visa fees; and spending
Applications are due January 15.
E arly application is encouraged, as the program may ﬁll before
the oﬃcial deadline. Applications received after the deadline
will be considered at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions
Committee. Please call IPSL before submitting a late application.
Applications are evaluated as they are received, first by an
Financial Aid & Scholarships Admissions Advisory Committee in New York, then by program
staﬀ in Jamaica or Mexico, and then at Roehampton University.
If you are accepted, Roehampton University will issue an oﬀer
F or the M.A. in International Service program, U.S. students letter, to which you must respond. Applicants should expect that
may apply for two diﬀerent low-interest federal loans: the the admissions review process will take at least two months.
Staﬀord loan for a maximum of $20,500, and the Grad PLUS loan
to cover the remaining balance of the program cost, travel, and Application materials are available for download at www.ipsl.org
other expenses. (With a Grad PLUS loan, you may borrow up to or by contacting IPSL, and should be submitted to the IPSL New
the full cost of your education, minus other income and ﬁnancial York oﬃce.
aid received, including the $20,500 from the Staﬀord loan.) In
addition, a low-cost loan (International Student Loan Program,
or ISLP) for U.S. students is available for up to $20,000 (student
only) or $40,000 (with co-signer). Once you are accepted into the
program, IPSL will guide you through the ﬁnancial aid process.
Note to students applying for federal aid: Roehampton University
has a U.S. Department of Education Code 021019; for FAFSA
forms, it is often listed as G21019.
Scholarships may be available from other sources, such as:
Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program
Awards are available to non-U.S. citizens in countries with an
active Ford Foundation program. Students from Brazil, Chile,
China, Egypt, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya,
Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, the Palestinian Territories, Peru,
the Philippines, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand,
For complete information about IPSL programs, go to:
Uganda, and Vietnam may be eligible for funding through IFP.
Applicants must be resident nationals or residents of an eligible
IFP country. Non-U.S. citizens who are applying to the IPSL M.A.
in International Service should visit the Ford Foundation website
to determine if the Ford Foundation is active in their country.
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