Alliance for Global Education
Alliance for Global Education Programs
Offering electives and internships focused on international business, this Alliance for Global Education program provides students with unparalleled opportunities to explore...
The City, the River, the Sacred program challenges students to examine the urban context and geography that define Varanasi and place it in a greater context of national
This Alliance for Global Education program is ideal for students whose primary goal is Chinese language acquisition. This consists of full-immersion language instruction
Beijing, capital of China, is the birthplace of the modern-day Mandarin Chinese language. For students whose primary goal is Chinese language acquisition, this Alliance for...
Alliance for Global Education Reviews
Shanghai with Alliance is a great idea!
Submitted by Houda El Joundi - Kenyon College | April 10, 2016
The International Business program in Shanghai was a balanced combination of all the things I personally was looking for before going abroad. I needed academic rigor as well as cultural immersion which I both found with the Alliance program in Shanghai. As an Economics major, I wanted to make sure that I could actually take Econ related classes that I can credit for and that will contribute positively to my academic career. The housing was perfect as it was so close to the University. The apartment was great and spacious with 3 bedrooms, a common area, a bathroom and a Kitchen. We were assigned Chinese roommates which was great because that way, even during the days where I had a lot of work and was constantly surrounded by people from my program, I would still practice my Chinese and chat with my roommate either in the morning or before going to be. That was very helpful as I got to meet some of her friends and learned so much about their lifestyles. The location of the university and the apartment was great too, close to a wide range of food places, not too expensive. It also provided many opportunities for cultural immersion and language practice.
In general, Shanghai is an amazing city with boundless opportunities for learning and discovering new things. I absolutely loved my time there with Alliance!
A Well-Fueled, Tested, Modernized Machine
Submitted by Jessica Martin - Rollins College | February 29, 2016
My semester abroad with Alliance in Shanghai is best described as an irreplaceable experience! The Alliance professors, staff members, international students and Chinese students whom I saw on a regular basis made my semester abroad successful, endearing, memorable and irreplaceable. The connections I've made with other students, my Chinese roommate and language partners are long-lasting and sincere; relations that were often nurtured by Alliance's orientation, trips and general program organization. I learned a great deal from spending time with so many students who have different backgrounds and come from different parts of the US, if not the world. I particularly liked how the three Shanghai programs (Intensive Language, 21st Century and International Business) had specialized trips depending on their focus but still felt very interconnected with one another.
I will forever remember the Alliance staff, as well. They skillfully added the spices and herbs to make the semester a memorable and smooth-sailing journey; this included things like leading large and small group trips to a variety of places/businesses, organizing cultural workshop nights, arranging educational speakers, taking you to the hospital, helping you deal with internships, giving you directions, taking tons of photos for you and taking time to sit down and help plan independent travel (and find great discounts!). I could always contact any of them at any time to ask any question I needed answered, and they would always be able to help me very quickly. I always felt like they were wholly invested in us and taking care of our needs; an absolute treasure in any study abroad program, especially if you are not very proficient at the host language! Our professors were quick-witted, patient albeit (understandably) demanding and brilliant in their field of studies. We came to know one another well and would joke in class pretty regularly; especially our Chinese language professors. They were an absolute joy to spend time with and get to know; some of my favorite 'snapshot' moments include my Alliance staff members and professors. And I still talk to some of them even now! All in all, Alliance in Shanghai is a well-fueled, tested and modernized machine that leaves the student well-equipped and well-supported to have a healthy, successful and exciting semester. I can find no faults!
I absolutely loved my experience in Shanghai and I always encourage anyone and everyone to study abroad through Alliance-especially in Shanghai-if they are interested in Asia. Because of its intense variety, Shanghai itself is the perfect study abroad location for any student, especially those interested in business or urban studies. China-Shanghai in particular-has a powerful role in the future and is already highly regarded worldwide. Also, it is perfectly located for traveling to other parts of China and throughout Asia when the opportunity arises and is filled to the brim with endless culture and language-practice opportunities (if you know where to look). There are times when I miss it dearly, and I hope to return one day. So embrace the challenge and get ready to catch what all it'll throw at you. Just don't forget to make mental-or physical-notes along the way or else you'll forget the details!
Pune - Contemporary India - Fall '15
Submitted by Hilit Jacobson - American University | February 28, 2016
The Alliance for Global Education's Contemporary India program was an incredible experience. Not only was the staff and directors helpful, kind, and friendly, but the program was all-around great. Classes were interesting and the professors were always there to offer guidance. Also, my living situation allowed me to immerse myself in the Indian culture. My host mom (Priya) is the most kind-hearted and spirited woman and I am extremely grateful for her role throughout my program. I recommend this program to those who want to challenge themselves!
A Life Changing Program!
Submitted by Annette Guzik - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | February 25, 2016
Alliance's program, Varanasi: The City, the River, the Sacred, is situated in one of the most sacred Hindu cities in India. It is perhaps one of the most unique cities in India due to iconic ghats, beautiful art, and historically famous silk weavers. The program center is a five minute walk away from the most holy river in India; the Ganges. Program is highly recommended to those who have a passion for religion, the arts, and/or who are not afraid of the challenges India has to offer. This program pushes each student to go beyond their comfort zone to speak with locals in Hindi, navigate through the chaotic streets that exist only in India, and to learn a cultural tradition, such as yoga, tabla, or kathak, that can be put into practice. If you want to study abroad to learn through hands-on experience, this program will do that for you.
A Semester Abroad in Pune
Submitted by American Abroad - American University | February 14, 2016
My semester in Pune was fantastic and I highly recommend going on this program! There are three key components to this program:
Each of these played a crucial role in helping me have a fantastic experience abroad.
The professors that teach for this program are all professors who teach in Indian universities as well so they are very knowledgeable and prove to be awesome resources for us as students. They do a really good job of offering an appropriate hybrid of Indian and American styles of teaching. In addition to the teachers, the content itself is very helpful. The classes all come together to help the student get a good look into India (granted there is only a couple months of class to study a whole nation). I really enjoyed the classes and there a couple I would gladly take again.
In regards to the internship, the program offers a good platform on which the student can express all of their interests and skills. They then use this to place the student into an internship that helps advance the students' personal goals while also capitalizing on their current skills. The internship offers a key cultural experience that helps the student understand day to day life for an Indian worker. It also helps expose the students to crucial topics in the Indian contest by offering intensive engagement with the issue.
The final aspect is the homestay. The opportunity to live with an Indian family and to complete the immersion by living with a family really rounds out the experience. Students get to learn what it's like to "have" Indian parents and live in an Indian household abiding by Indian traditions. It contributes a lot to the growth and learning of the student.
All in all, this is a fantastic program that takes a holistic approach which helps students better understand who they and how they play a part in the world the live in.