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India

IFSA: Contemporary India

The Contemporary India program of the Alliance for Global Education pulls together a wide and diverse subject area through the lens of development studies, incorporating

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India

IFSA: Summer in Pune

Pune, an urban hub and academic center, provides an ideal setting in which to study contemporary India. The Alliance for Global Education's Summer in Pune program combines...

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India

IFSA: Global and Public Health

Based at Manipal University, a renowned institution in India and across the globe for its strong health science programs and medical college, this program offers a comprehensive...

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India

IFSA; The City, the River, the Sacred

Enroll in an academic program that challenges you to assess the geography and urban context that define Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India, placing the city in a greater...

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China

IFSA; Public Health Policy and Practice

This program offers a look into how public health policy is shaped by economic, social, and political currents and, ultimately, applied to the most populous country in the...

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Israel

IFSA: Diversity and Coexistance

The Diversity and Coexistence program at Hebrew University offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to explore the intersections between identity, religion,...

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Israel

IFSA: Summer in Jerusalem, Diversity & Coexistence

The Summer in Jerusalem Diversity and Coexistence program offers students a unique opportunity to explore the intersections between identity, religion, community, nationalism,...

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Israel

IFSA Summer in Jerusalem: Arabic Immersion

Spend six weeks immersed in Arabic language study as you interact with and learn from Israel's many Arab communities. Take your Arabic language learning to the next level...

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Alliance for Global Education Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

ArtJerusalem with IFSA-Butler and the alliances or career global education

I LOVED my experience abroad. I did a specialty program through my provider that allowed me to take art classes at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and also classes at the Rothberg international school of Hebrew University. As a double major in art and anthropology, the ability to take classes at two universities was incredibly valuable in making study abroad fit into my 4 years at college.

In addition to broad ranging academic offerings, the IFSA/Global Alliance program also offered tons of extracurriculars and outings that gave me the chance to explore Israel and learn about the wide range of cultural diversity it offers. We visited an Ethiopian community outside of Jerusalem, a camel farm in the Negev, Baha’i temples in the north, and so much more!

Our program staff was also amazing, including our on-site program coordinator, who we affectionately referred to as “Mom.” I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to study in Israel, and for the friends and memories I will treasure for a lifetime.

Program: IFSA: Diversity and Coexistance

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Learning to go with the flow

Last summer, I couldn't imagine that my first experience abroad was going to the opposite of the side in India. And I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Manipal this Fall. First, our program director (Smriti) was my and other students main go-to person. She was always up to talk about things when we needed to and was very supportive. In terms of public health immersion, our out-of-the-classroom public health visits to local government and nonprofit organizations was deeply informative and eye opening. Also, our professors had public health experience and were more than willing to share them. I left with a new perspective on India's public health system and efforts!

On a personal note, I had a wonderful roommate and made some great friends that I still talk to! Also, I really felt as though I gained confidence and fulfilment while there because of the directed research project and volunteering within the community! I can't express enough how Manipal challenged on a personal level and allowed me to grow.

Program: IFSA: Global and Public Health

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    6

  • Community

    8

Cultural immersion in Varanasi

My semester in Varanasi was the best, most challenging and amazing four months of my life!! I cannot stress enough how much I enjoyed this program and how much it taught me. The program itself had both positive and a few negative aspects to it. The only criticisms that I have are the academic structure of the program could have been better. In class experience was a little unorganized in some classes, but we had some logistical issues because a teacher had to leave in the beginning of the semester. Outside of the classroom immersion was the best part of the program. There is so much to see in the city and it's so complex so you'll never be bored. The program staff, Lara and Rahul, are so knowledgeable and helpful. They know everything there is to know about Varanasi and help out in every way possible. My host family was also amazing, they became my second family. I still talk to them every week and I'm actually going back to Varanasi this summer and staying with them again.
Varanasi is unlike any other experience abroad. It is not easy, it is challenging, but it is beautiful and amazing and well worth the struggle. I would recommend this experience to anyone looking to put themselves out of their comfort zone and experience one of the most beautiful places on this earth.

Program: IFSA; The City, the River, the Sacred

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    5

  • Community

    7

Pune - Contemporary India - Fall '15

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!

Program: IFSA: Contemporary India

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    8

A Life Changing Program!

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.

Program: IFSA; The City, the River, the Sacred

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