What is International Service Learning?
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International Service Learning (ISL) is your chance to put classroom learning to work in the field, get an inside glimpse of life in another culture, and learn from others as you engage in service alongside them.
Service learning combines academic coursework with community service placements, providing students the opportunity to put theory into practice while acquiring field experience and gaining a deeper understanding of the local culture and a more enhanced perspective on the community and regional issues being studied.
DU engages in reciprocal partnerships with community entitites that are working to address local community issues. Through these partnerships, students have the opportunity to offer their service and skills to help address community needs, while applying the knowledge they are gaining in their coursework, testing out theory with reality, and working alongside and learning with local community members and leaders.
Current DU ISL opportunites are available in Dharamsala, India, and Nicaragua.
Academics & Service
Exact academic requirements will vary for each program, but in general students participating on ISL programs will.....
- Attend and participate in four to five academic seminars prior to leaving on a ISL project.
- Attend a retreat.
- Complete assigned readings and written assignments.
- Engage in service work while in-country.
- Participate in classroom and reflection sessions.
- Keep a journal documenting their service/ community engagement experience.
- Create a portfolio that integrates their classroom learning with the in-country service experience.
- Attend a re-entry session upon return to Denver.
All students who participate in an ISL project earn academic credit. Students are encouraged to talk with their academic advisors about how the ISL credit might apply to their degree plan.
Who May Apply?
Announcement: Moving forward, all International Service Learning programming will be moving into the Office of Special Community Programs. For general questions, please contact Shannon Jahn, in the Office of Special Community Programs: firstname.lastname@example.org
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ISL projects are usually open to all DU students regardless of their prior travel, academic or work experience. In order to study abroad, including on ISL programs, students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Mature, self-motivated individuals who demonstrate a positive attitude, initiative, flexibility, and strong interpersonal skills are invited to apply. Students are selected based on the quality of written applications, an interview, and recommendations.