What is International Service Learning?
International service learning (ISL) is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students are supported in:
- Participating in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs in a location outside the United States, and
- Reflecting on this service activity to gain a deeper understanding of course content, the specific community with which they are working, cross-cultural issues, and an enhanced sense of their own global relationships and responsibilities.
International service learning brings together two powerful educational experiences — study abroad and service learning. The IUPUI Study Abroad Office has identified ISL as an important means of helping students connect with their local host community when studying abroad. Through ISL, students step beyond their role as a student, tourist, or foreigner and begin to shape a role for themselves as a neighbor, partner, and friend. Through these deeper connections with their host community, students will learn more about their host country, their discipline, and themselves. We strongly encourage you to consider building an ISL experience into your college plans.
To learn more about service learning contact the Center for Service and Learning.