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The Alliance in Varanasi: The City, the River, the Sacred

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.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Community

    5

A semester in Varanasi

Varanasi is a very unique location for both American students and Indian visitors. It is one of the oldest living cities in the world, and the historic look into the past it provides is very apparent. The program offers students many hands-on experiences that really bring the curriculum to life. Students will visit many temples, artisan communities and have the opportunity to participate in local festivities. The program directors and host families help students to adjust to the new environment and ease any concerns. My time in Varanasi is something I will never forget. I highly recommend this program for anyone who is adventurous and flexible, as anything can happen in this city.