Alliance for Global Education
Alliance for Global Education Programs
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
Offering electives and internships focused on international business, this Alliance for Global Education program provides students with unparalleled opportunities to explore...
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Alliance for Global Education Reviews
Learning to go with the flow
Submitted by Maria E. - American University | April 15, 2017
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.
Cultural immersion in Varanasi
Submitted by Bailey - St. Edwards University | April 14, 2017
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.
Get yourself hooked on China, world travel, and new experiences!
Submitted by Grace B. - North Central College | January 31, 2017
I am so glad that I chose to study abroad in Shanghai China fall term of my junior year. As an International Business and Chinese double major, Alliance's International Business program was a perfect fit for me! I got to strengthen my Chinese speaking, writing, and reading skills. My favorite times learning Chinese were during "Chinese Table/中文桌子“。 "Chinese Table" was a weekly event where Alliance provided our Chinese class with a small stipend so we could go out to eat local Chinese food with our teacher and classmates. The only requirement was that we had to speak in Chinese! I loved going to new restaurants and trying new food dishes while bonding with my teacher and classmates. The academic classes were also great. I particularly enjoyed our final capstone project where we got to collect data and research a subject of our choice. My paper was done from a marketing perspective on Chinese student opinions of the Iphone 7.
As part of the International Business program I also chose to do an Internship. I highly recommend doing so! I interned at a small digital marketing firm, but you can be placed in a variety of different business areas to suit your personal interests. Having an internship on top of classes had me exploring the city on my own and taking the subway to and from my internship every week.
I shared a large apartment with my classmate and a Chinese roommate. Our Chinese roommate definitely went above and beyond to welcome us to Shanghai. We ended up being great friends, and we were even invited to her parents house for lunch! We even took a weekend trip to Seoul, South Korea together!
I definitely recommend saving up your money as you will probably catch the travel bug like I did! In my 4 months in Shanghai I took several other international weekend trips and trips to other cities throughout China. However, what I enjoy about the Alliance program is their integrated week study trips. For example, the International Business program took a week-long trip to Hong Kong, Macau, and several other Chinese cities! These trips are led by Alliance staff and is a great bonding experience with your Alliance classmates.
I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in International Business or to anyone studying or would like to begin studying Chinese!
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!