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Submitted by Rachel Bird - Colby College | November 18, 2017
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
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.
Program: IFSA: Global and Public Health
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.
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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!
Program: IFSA: Contemporary India
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.