International Summer Service Learning Program

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. 

Use this Site Directory to help you find sites of interest by their scope of work, then use the Site Descriptions and Site Binders for more detailed information and research.

Read through the ISSLP Site specific binders located in McNeill Library, Geddes Hall. Site binders may not be removed from Geddes Hall.

Review the ISSLP Learning Agreement and understand the requirements prior to completing the application.

Refer to the 2020 ISSLP Calendar for selection process timeline and key program dates.

St. Mary's College and Holy Cross College students should contact ISSLP@nd.edu to request access instructions for the ISSLP application.

ISSLP accepts applications from all undergraduate and graduate students with returning student status following their ISSLP summer.

If accepted, ISSLP classes are held Thursday's throughout the spring 2020 semester from 6:30–7:45 p.m. and begin on January 16, 2020.

This course fulfills a requirement for the Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor and Catholic Social Tradition Minor.

The ISSLP 2020 application will open Sept 16 and close on November 3 at 11:59 pm. Please refer to the 2020 ISSLP calendar linked above for notification dates.

 

ISSLP Application, Essay Questions & Requirements

 

 

Calendar

Event Date
Application Open: ISSLP 2020 09/16/2019 (All day)
Information Session: ISSLP 2020 09/17/2019 - 8:00pm
Information Session: ISSLP 2020 09/23/2019 - 7:00pm
Information Session: ISSLP 2020 10/02/2019 - 7:00pm
Information Session: ISSLP 2020 10/13/2019 - 7:00pm
Information Session: ISSLP 2020 10/30/2019 - 8:00pm
Application Close: ISSLP 2020 11/03/2019 (All day)
ISSLP Interview Day 11/17/2019 (All day)
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Upcoming Events

September 2019

16
Application Open: ISSLP 2020
Monday, September 16, 2019 (All day)
17
Information Session: ISSLP 2020
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 8:00pm
19
Peace Corps Application Workshop and Information Session
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 11:30am
19
Community-University Partnerships: Fostering Knowledge for Social Change
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
23
Information Session: ISSLP 2020
Monday, September 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

October 2019

02
Information Session: ISSLP 2020
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 7:00pm
04
Higgins Labor Café
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 5:00pm
08
Postgraduate Service & Social Impact Fair
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
10
Open Wide our Hearts Brown Bag Lunch Discussions
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
10
Information Session: ISSLP 2020
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 7:00pm
13
Information Session: ISSLP 2020
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 7:00pm
30
Information Session: ISSLP 2020
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 8:00pm

November 2019

01
Higgins Labor Café
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 5:00pm
03
Application Close: ISSLP 2020
Sunday, November 3, 2019 (All day)
03
Film CLASSics - Norma Rae
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 3:00pm
14
Open Wide our Hearts Brown Bag Lunch Discussion
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
17
ISSLP Interview Day
Sunday, November 17, 2019 (All day)

December 2019

06
Higgins Labor Café
Friday, December 6, 2019 - 5:00pm