Despite dramatic changes throughout the world, we continue to see a widening economic disparity between the rich and the poor. The lack of basic resources, access to health, education, and employment remains the challenge for developing and non-industrialized nations. In nations marred by political conflict and violence, efforts of peace, reconciliation, and democratization are slow and its effects are seen most clearly in the lives of the poor and marginalized.

The Center for Social Concerns' International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) is both a four-credit course and an eight-week summer service-learning program in Catholic social tradition and social analysis which together provide a critical lens through which students are invited to interpret an array of global issues. In the face of pressing global concerns, the need to educate students about their responsibility in our global community becomes ever apparent. The ISSLP provides an opportunity to examine causes of poverty and to create links of solidarity across borders. In collaboration with global partners, the ISSLP seeks to fulfill this educational objective for our students and to meet local needs of communities across the world. 

The ISSLP begins with THEO 33970 Global Issues (1.0 credit) serving as the pre-departure on-campus course in the spring semester. It is followed by THEO 33938 (3.0 credits) which includes an eight-to-ten week service-learning immersion with partner organizations in a developing country context, summer and fall academic requirements. For students selected to participate, the ISSLP provides airfare, room and board, and $1,000 travel award.

Learn More

  • Attend an Information Session to learn more from past participants. 

  • Read through the ISSLP Site Specific Binders located in McNeill Library, Geddes Hall.
  • Review the ISSLP Learning Agreement and understand the requirements prior to completing the application.
  • Refer to the 2016 ISSLP Calendar  for selection process timeline and key program dates.

If accepted, ISSLP classes are held Thursday's throughout the spring 2016 semester from 6:30-7:45 p.m. and begin on January 14, 2016.

This course fulfills a requirement for the following:

Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor
Catholic Social Tradition Minor