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China • India • Turkey STUDY ABROAD PROGR AMS 2016


T

he Alliance for Global Education offers an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary global issues in dynamic countries rising on the world stage.

Explore. Become an insider—not a tourist.

Everything we do focuses on facilitating opportunities for students to explore, engage with, and examine another culture and place in a safe and supportive manner. Each Alliance program center provides diverse resources and local networks so you can customize your study abroad experience to match your own unique interests.

As you explore your new home abroad,

How will you maximize these opportunities for exploration, engagement, and examination—and create your adventure?

we introduce you to artists, entrepreneurs,

we acquaint you with your cultural, social, and academic surroundings. Our weekly activities take you off the beaten path and beyond what you find in travel guides. Plus, activists, doctors, and diplomats who are both making change and preserving traditions.

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Engage.

Examine.

Make meaningful connections.

You can’t learn this at home!

Challenge yourself to grow beyond your

Our courses examine compelling topics

comfort zone. Our housing arrangements

and cutting-edge developments that

foster integration into the host culture,

make each program location unique, and

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while our fieldwork opportunities lead

our expert faculty balance classroom time

you to meaningful engagement with

with visits to nearby corporations, clinics,

INDIA Manipal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

local communities—through hands-on

and consulates. We operate programs in

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internships, student-driven research,

the fall and spring semesters as well as

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artistic apprenticeships, and documentary

the summer, so they can easily fit into

filmmaking.

your college career.

TURKEY Istanbul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

TABLE OF CONTENTS CHINA Beijing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

SUMMER PROGRAMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 GETTING STARTED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Study Abroad

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Beijing

{China}

Combine the thrills of big city life with age-old traditions—and you get Beijing: the capital of both an ancient empire and modern superpower.

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s the political, educational, and cultural center of China, Beijing is absolutely awe-inspiring! Rooted

in the past and reaching for the future, the city sparks and hums with activity. It has more universities and research institutes than any other city in China, and a full 3,000 years of history are reflected in its art, architecture, music, and traditions. Looking for the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, or the Great Wall? They’re here. Fresh life blooms among the ancient, too—Beijing buzzes with popular restaurants, parks, theatres, and museums.

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Program Center Our program center at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) is your home away from home, nestled in the vibrant international neighborhood of Wudaokou. Wudaokou is crammed with brightly lit shops, swanky movie theaters, and restaurants serving every flavor of Chinese and international cuisine. You also have easy access to coffee shops and book stores—perfect places to study with your fellow Chinese students. Plus, the nearby subway stop makes exploring the city a breeze. We offer two semester programs — Popular Culture and Social Change and Intensive Chinese Language — based at our Beijing program center. See page 20 for more information about our Summer in Beijing program.


“Long story short, I was in the middle of Beijing, in traffic, and no idea where Forbidden City was… Before I knew it the taxi driver and I were having an exciting conversation about crazy Chinese foods and making jokes! At that moment I realized the vast improvement I have made in my speaking abilities.” Tiana Winstead {Rhodes College}

Housing We offer two housing arrangements in Beijing: the International Student Dorm for Popular Culture and Social Change students and host families for Intensive Chinese Language students. Find your footing on campus with help from your Chinese language partner. These local students will meet with you a few times per week for one-on-one tutoring and introduce you to Beijing’s youth culture.

Activities Outside the classroom, we arrange weekly cultural activities that allow you to explore another side of Beijing. • Try your hand at Chinese calligraphy

or martial arts • Tour the peaceful maze of traditional

hutong neighborhoods near Houhai Lake • Get the inside scoop on contemporary

art with lectures from local musicians and filmmakers • Meet with U.S. and foreign diplomats

stationed in Beijing • Volunteer with local non-profits pro-

moting English language literacy

POPULAR CULTURE AND SOCIAL CHANGE This semester program invites you to examine the currents driving contemporary Chinese society through the lens of popular and political culture.

If you want to make rapid gains in Chinese language, this program is for you, with 20 hours of full-immersion language instruction per week and a language pledge.

Academics

Academics You enroll in a 6-credit Chinese language course, plus an English-taught core course and two electives worth 3 credits each, for a total of 15 credits. You complete a capstone research project as part of the core course. No prior language study is required. REQUIRED COURSES CHIN 100-600 Chinese

INTENSIVE CHINESE LANGUAGE

You enroll in 15 credits of Chinese language study. You may also take one optional 3-credit course in English from the Popular Culture and Social Change program’s electives. Two semesters of Chinese language study are required prior to arrival. REQUIRED COURSES

Language

SOCI 260 Contemporary Culture and Social

Change in China

ELECTIVE COURSES FILM 360 Contemporary

China through Film

IAFF 370 Continuity and Change in Chinese Foreign Policy MUSC 365 Chinese Culture through the Contemporary Music Scene

CHIN 200-600 Intensive

Chinese Language

Field Study Trip Your language skills are put to work on a week-long field study trip outside of Beijing in destinations such as Yunnan Province. China’s linguistic landscape is richly textured, and getting out there to speak to people is the best way to explore it!

Field Study Trip Our week-long field study trip introduces you to China’s social, economic, and geographic diversity in destinations such as Qinghai Province. Explore the unique cultures of different ethnic communities and come back with greater context for your understanding of Beijing. Study in Beijing

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Shanghai

{China}

Get swept up in the fast pace of Shanghai amid glittering skyscrapers, sprawling markets, and local dumpling stands.

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hanghai has grown exponentially in the last hundred years—from a colonial trading port to a

massive international metropolis with a population of 24 million. Known for its fast-paced businesses and cosmopolitan vibe, the city is intricately connected with the global flows of commodities and people. It also represents the enormous environmental, economic, and social challenges that are mirrored across China and around the world. Want to study international trade or sustainable urbanization? Shanghai is your city.

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Program Center Our Shanghai program center sits just around the corner from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE). Spend your time on campus grounds, or stroll out to the street lined with small shops and cafés ready to serve the local university crowd. Take time to peruse a nearby mall, try a mix of Chinese and international restaurants, or hop on a subway that darts straight into the heart of Shanghai and its iconic Bund. We offer three semester programs — 21st Century City, Intensive Chinese Language, and International Business in China — based at our Shanghai program center. See page 20 for more information about our Summer in Shanghai program.


“My Chinese roommate has gone out of her way to help me get involved. She’s also given me her favorite Chinese movies, shows, and songs to help introduce me to the culture. Having a Chinese roommate has been a very special opportunity that hasn’t just given me a lifelong friend, but also a deeper connection to Shanghai.” Phyllis Goode {Austin College}

Housing We offer two housing arrangements in Shanghai: 21st Century City and International Business students live in shared apartments with Chinese university students, while Intensive Chinese Language students live with Chinese host families.

Activities Outside the classroom, we arrange weekly cultural activities that allow you to explore another side of Shanghai. • Tour Shanghai’s Urban Planning Center

and the Pudong financial district • Understand Shanghainese culinary

tradition through cooking workshops with local master chefs • Visit international manufacturing

facilities such as Volkswagen and Shanghai Baosteel Group • Interview small business owners at

the South Bund Fabric Market • Interact with local farming communi-

ties in Shanghai’s rural suburbs

Field Study Trip

21ST CENTURY CITY This semester program examines the history of Shanghai, its process of rapid urbanization, and China’s interface with the West in this dynamic Asian center.

Academics You enroll in a 6-credit Chinese language course, plus an English-taught core course and two electives worth 3 credits each, for a total of 15 credits. You complete a capstone research project as part of the core course. No prior language study is required.

On a week-long field study trip, you explore China’s social, economic, and geographic diversity in destinations such as Yunnan or Qinghai Province. Go beyond the university’s gates to discover new pockets of ethnicity and language, and come back with greater context for your understanding of China and Shanghai.

REQUIRED COURSES CHIN 100-600 Chinese

Language

Local Hot Spot

SOCI 260 Chinese Society in the 21st Century

milk tea from Happy Lemon, a favorite

ELECTIVE COURSES ANTH 325 Food

and Culture in Shanghai: Feeding a 21st Century City ARCH 392 / URBN 392 Architecture

Urban Design

ECON 360 China:

and

Economic Giant

IAFF 340 Sino-U.S.

and Realignment

Head right off campus and grab a among Alliance students. These tasty drinks come in many different varieties and often have tapioca balls or fruit jellies for extra flavor. They hit the spot after a long day of classes!

Relations: Superpower

POLS 350 Contemporary

Chinese Politics:

SOCI 265 Contemporary

Urban Culture

State, Party, People

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“The highlight of my internship was being able to take part in the entire process of what Honli Tech does. I myself called [a client] to talk about the product, and the next week I went with our engineer and marketing staff to deliver their pitch. It exposed me to what life in China is like. I was able to see Chinese people interact with each other and learn more about them.” Eric Mac {Bentley University}

INTENSIVE CHINESE LANGUAGE If you want to make rapid gains in Chinese language, this program is for you, with 20 hours of full-immersion language instruction per week and a language pledge.

Academics You enroll in 15 credits of Chinese language study. You may also take one optional 3-credit course in English from the 21st Century City program’s electives. Two semesters of Chinese language study are required prior to arrival. REQUIRED COURSES CHIN 200-600 Intensive

Chinese Language

Field Study Trip Your language skills are put to work on a week-long field study trip outside of Shanghai in destinations such as Yunnan or Qinghai Province. China’s linguistic landscape is richly textured, and getting out there to speak to people is the best way to explore it!

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS IN CHINA This semester program offers unparalleled opportunities to examine China’s rapidly changing business environment and the global networks in which it plays an increasingly strategic role.

Academics You enroll in a 6-credit Chinese language course, plus an English-taught core course and two electives worth 3 credits each, for a total of 15 credits. You complete a capstone research project as part of the core course. Before you arrive, you must have completed one business course and one economics course, or two economics courses. No prior language study is required. REQUIRED COURSES CHIN 100–600 Chinese ECON 360 China:

Language

Economic Giant

Internships

Field Study Trip

If you have studied at least three semesters of Chinese, you may apply for an internship as one of your electives. Interns are placed in Chinese and foreign-owned companies, research institutes, NGOs, or media and art studios. Supervised by a faculty advisor, you participate in an internship seminar that requires a paper and oral presentation.

The week-long field study trip to Hong Kong, Macau, and Guangdong Province allows you to deepen your understanding of investment and financial service industries influencing economic development in China. You visit the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, witness local advancements in infrastructure, and explore various manufacturing centers.

Examples of past placements include: • Pactera Technology, an IT and software

development consulting firm • Merck Chemicals, a global producer of

cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and biotech products • Forte, Inc., a real estate subsidiary of

Shanghai’s largest privately owned company • Image Tunnel, an edgy art studio

devoted to recording Shanghai’s urban transformation • Lollytogs Apparel Group, a U.S.-based

ELECTIVE COURSES CHIN 320 / CHIN 322 Business

Chinese I/II

ECON 371 / FINC 370 International

and Finance

Money

garment design and manufacturing company • Rieck Henco, an international transpor-

tation and logistics company

ECON 380 International

Perspective

Trade: A Chinese

INTS 380 Internship MKTG 390 China

as a Global Market

MGMT 390 Managing

Enterprises in China

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Manipal

{India}

Get involved with an active campus community in Manipal and embrace the relaxed coastal feel of South India.

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ear the Western Ghats and only five miles from the Arabian Sea, the college town of Manipal is

surrounded by tropical palm trees and stunning views. The very presence of cutting-edge Manipal University has sparked massive infrastructure development that rivals some of India’s top urban campuses. In Manipal, you meet students not only from all over India, but from all over the world, and together study India’s public health initiatives and rich cultural heritage.

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Manipal University As an Alliance student, you enroll at Manipal University, known internationally for its strong medical college and health sciences department. The campus is modern, with state-of-the-art classrooms, library, food court, and a huge indoor sports complex all within walking distance of our program center. You also have access to a number of student clubs, festivals, and sports competitions— allowing you to maintain your active student life halfway around the globe. We offer the Global and Public Health semester program based at our Manipal program center.


“This welcoming culture seeps into every aspect of our lives. From movie screenings at the philosophy department to meetings with engineering students, we find ourselves constantly exploring what this campus has to offer. Off campus, our resident director has made many amazing connections to make our weekends exciting.” Lauren Boeckermann {University of South Carolina}

Housing All students live on campus in student dormitories, called hostels. You may choose to live in a single room or with an Indian roommate.

Activities Outside the classroom, we arrange weekly cultural activities that allow you to explore another side of Manipal. • Tour scenic coffee and tea plantations

SOCI 350 Contemporary

AYUR 300 Ayurveda and Indian Traditions of Healing DANC 200 Indian

Classical Dance

DIRR 380 Directed

Research

ENVI 400 Environment

Communication

FILM 345 Cinema

• Give back to your community in

HIND 100 Beginning

• Discuss environmental issues at

Agumbe Rainforest Research Station • Discover the elaborate architecture of

South Indian temples

and Development

in India Hindi

IAFF 360 Regional

Security in South Asia

IAFF 365 Strategy

and Practice of Indian

Foreign Policy

IAFF 375 India’s

World View

PUBH 210 Environmental

Health

and Occupational

PUBH 225 Global

and Child Health

Health Problems

PUBH 230 Surveillance of Infectious Diseases

This semester program provides a comprehensive overview of public health in India, as well as a multi-disciplinary look at Indian culture, politics, and society.

PUBH 240 Epidemiology in Developing Countries

Academics

PUBH 300 Basic

Students take a core course and four elective courses taught in English at 3 credits each, for a total of 15 credits.

As one of your electives, you can work with a faculty member in your academic area of interest—such as gender studies, international relations, global and public health, or humanities—to produce a formal research paper.

Health Field Visits Your public health courses include fieldbased practicums during which you may have the opportunity to: • Speak with staff and patients at the Rural

Maternity and Child Welfare Centre • Observe the structure, organization, and

functions of Manipal’s District Hospital • Explore preventive measures for infec-

tious diseases at water treatment and pasteurization plants • Witness occupational challenges at a

PUBH 220 Maternal

GLOBAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Indian Culture

ELECTIVE COURSES

• Visit nearby coastal fishing communities

the student-run Volunteer Services Organization

Directed Research

REQUIRED COURSES

PUBH 250 Public

Health System and National Health Policies Epidemiology

POLS 380 Contemporary

Indian Politics

cashew factory • Examine special needs and long-term

care at the Manasa Centre for the Mentally Challenged

Field Excursion Alliance staff guide you on a week-long excursion across South India via India’s famous train system. Explore sites such as rustic and French-influenced Pondicherry, the booming city of Bangalore, and the stunning architecture of Mysore Palace, and enjoy the view over the Bay of Bengal—all within one epic journey.

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Pune

{India}

Spend your afternoons studying under the very tree where Gandhi discussed politics, then hit up a local art show or concert.

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ead to Pune to see for yourself what makes contemporary India so exhilarating. You can celebrate

traditional Indian festivals in the old city, learn classical Indian music and dance, or find yourself in a maze of magnificent historical architecture. At the same time, Pune is a youthful and progressive city with a growing music and art scene and an established development hub. This balance of city life, an international landscape, and uniquely Indian roots attracts scholars and practitioners from all over India and the world. In Pune, you not only study contemporary India—you live it.

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Program Center Our program center is based on the campus of the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, one of the oldest and most prestigious research and training institutes in economics in India. Here you find our program office and staff, take classes, meet with faculty, and gather for breakfast on weekdays. You’ll also want to take advantage of the historic library that is over 100 years old and serves as one of the largest depositories for social science documents in India. We offer the Contemporary India semester program based at our Pune program center. See page 21 for more information about our Summer in Pune program.


“During my internship, I see a way of life completely different from anything I’ve known. Women washing clothes outside their homes, children running around barefoot, teenage boys playing cricket, old men napping in an empty nook, and the smell of hot chillies left out to dry in the hot summer sun. It’s a sensory overload, but in the best way.” Isabelle King {University of Pittsburgh}

Housing

CONTEMPORARY INDIA

Our students live with Indian host families throughout Pune, sharing a room with another Alliance student. Ready to head to class or go to your field placement? Hop in an auto rickshaw!

This semester program takes an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the pressing issues facing Indian society, politics, economics, and culture today.

Activities

Academics

Outside the classroom, we arrange weekly cultural activities that allow you to explore another side of Pune. • Study traditional Indian art forms

such as tabla (drum) or bharatnatyam (dance) • Discover nearby waterfalls, caves, and

hill stations located in the Western Ghats

• Climb Parvati Hill to visit one of Pune’s

oldest temples and take in stunning views of the city • Discuss women’s issues with leaders of

the Indian feminist movement

COMM 375 Gender

and Indian Media

ECON 390 Development ECON 391 Social

Interventions

You enroll in a core course and choose among three field component options— internship, directed research, or documentary film—which allow you to take learning outside of the classroom and gain field experience under the supervision of a faculty member. Plus, you select three electives at 3 credit hours each, bringing you to a total of 15 credits.

PUBH 300 Public SOCJ 365 Social

Economics

Entrepreneurship and

HIND 100–200 Hindi

• Observe local business practices with

the long-standing copper makers of Tambat Ali

ELECTIVE COURSES

Language

Health

Justice

Student Life in Pune With over 100 colleges and 9 universities, Pune has been named “The Oxford of the East” and has a decidedly

REQUIRED COURSES SOCI 360 Contemporary

India

INTS / DIRR / FILM 380 Internship,

Directed Research, or Documentary Film

youthful feel. Join a growing Indian and international student population, and become part of an active student life on your campus, as well as off campus at the many restaurants, cafés, and pubs around town.

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“I’ve been learning so, so much as a teacher’s aide at Epiphany School. The way the Alliance has structured the internship has been fantastic. I’ve hosted leadership training; I’ve given a talk on racism; I’ve met some courageous and passionate men and women. My perspectives are changing, which is why I came here in the first place!” Anne Bransford {Southwestern University}

Internships As an intern, you have the opportunity to build essential real-world skills as you engage with a local organization on projects related to social and economic development. You may be placed with a small business, NGO, research institute, or IT company. Examples of past placements include: • Deep Griha Society, an NGO advocat-

ing for HIV awareness and support • The Epiphany School, a grade school

for students in Pune slums • Samyak, an organization promoting

gender equity • Shrishti Eco-Research Institute, a pio-

neer in eco-technology development • Sahir Projects, a software services

partner to manufacturers • COPPRe, a creative collaboration

between local craftsmen and product designers • Muktangan, an addiction rehabilitation

and resource program

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Directed Research

Documentary Film

Field Excursions

Through directed research, you work with a faculty advisor to produce a formal research paper relevant to an academic area of interest. Each project takes place within the practical context of a local organization and engages community members through its research methods.

The documentary film option allows you to learn the art and technique of filmmaking and conduct research through a visual rather than a written medium. You work closely with a faculty member to produce a short documentary on your selected subject area.

Examples of past research topics include:

Examples of past student films include:

• The Effects of Decentralization on

• Indian State of Mind, an exploration of

You take two organized weekend excursions outside of Pune during the semester. From mountains to beaches, from mega-cities to rural villages, and from ancient ruins to modern technology, we introduce you to the geographic and cultural diversity of the state of Maharashtra. These excursions offer you a new perspective from which to explore contemporary India as you complete your classroom and field-based studies.

Waste Management • A Survey of Operations at Three

Emergency Medical Services • The Economic Impact of Self Help

Groups on Micro-Entrepreneurs • Attitudes of Mental Health

Professionals toward Transgender Mental Health Concerns • Student Retention after the Passage of

the Right-to-Education Act

mental health awareness among college communities • Love, Arranged, an examination of

arranged marriages in Indian culture • Astrology in India, an investigation of

Indians’ opinions of astrology • Dharavi Art Room, a look at children’s

artistic self-expression in a Mumbai slum • The Child Leading the Child, a collection

of stories about Pune’s street children

• How the Synthesis of the Four Yogas

• Pune and the Bicycle, a documentary

Can Complete Human Development

about cycling access and use in Pune

• Predictors of Health-Seeking

Behavior in Pregnant Women of Rural Maharashtra

• Transgenders, a film about the local

transgender or hijra community

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Varanasi

{India}

Take a stroll along the Ganges and navigate streets teeming with cycle rickshaws, sacred cows, and religious pilgrims.

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aranasi—also known as Kashi or Banaras—is one of the longest-inhabited cities to grace the banks

of India’s sacred Ganges River. Considered a holy city for Hindus, home to a vibrant Muslim population, and just a few miles from where the Buddha preached his first sermon, Varanasi is filled with daily religious ceremonies. The influx of pilgrims, coupled with population growth and economic development, places unique pressures on its urban environment. At every turn, the endless chants, bright colors, and burning incense are all part of what makes Varanasi such a compelling location for study abroad.

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Program Center Our program center in Varanasi is located in the heart of the Assi Ghat neighborhood, only a short walk from the Ganges River. Here you take classes, hang out in the student lounge, and meet with program staff. Weekday breakfast and lunch is provided at the program center. Banaras Hindu University, one of India’s top research institutions and home to the UNESCO Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, is a nearby resource for your studies. We offer The City, the River, the Sacred semester program based at our Varanasi program center.


“Everyone seems to be so engaged in life, and you can tangibly feel the enthusiasm through the chanting, chatting, bell ringing, and even the horns honking. Varanasi is so incredibly alive, and I think one must truly accept the way things are done in this city—including all the hubbub—in order to fully feel alive within it.” Brianna Birchett {Elon University}

Housing Our students live with Indian host families in the Assi Ghat neighborhood and share a room with another Alliance student. You can reach the program center and the Ganges River by foot. Headed to another part of the city or to meet with your Culture in Practice instructor? Hop on a cycle rickshaw!

Activities Outside the classroom, we arrange weekly cultural activities that allow you to explore another side of Varanasi. • Witness daily aarti rituals at sunset

during a boat ride on the Ganges River • Visit Sarnath and its Tibetan university

for a Buddhist meditation retreat • Participate in local religious festivals

This semester program challenges you to examine the urban realities and geography that define Varanasi and place it in a greater context of national and global currents.

Weekly lectures provide you with a theoretical framework and foundational understanding of your Culture in Practice choice. The remaining two-thirds of class hours are spent ‘in practice’ focusing on your respective art form or craft through small group lessons with your teachers.

Academics

Field Excursion

You enroll in a core course, field-based component, and language course, as well as two electives. All courses fulfill 3 credit hours, for a total of 15 credits.

An organized week-long excursion introduces you to the vast cultural diversity and colonial history of West Bengal. First stop: the striking monuments and bustling markets of India’s third most populous city—Kolkata. Then you will go on to experience breath-taking views, see where tea is grown at local plantations, and visit Tibetan refugee communities nestled in the Himalayan foothills of Darjeeling.

THE CITY, THE RIVER, THE SACRED

REQUIRED COURSES SOCI 360 Varanasi: CLTR 280 Culture

City of Confluence

in Practice

HIND / URDU 100–200 Hindi

Urdu Language

Language or

including Navaratri, Diwali, or Holi • Enjoy chai from century-old tea stalls

and practice your Hindi with the locals • Interview people of various castes to get

different perspectives on local issues

ELECTIVE COURSES GEND 320 Studies

in Gender

PEAC 380 Peace

and Conflict Studies

RELG 350 Living

Religious Traditions

in India

Culture in Practice Your field component is a central part of your Varanasi experience. You may choose to study under a master teacher or guru in the subjects of music and dance, yoga and yoga theory, or artisanal apprenticeship such as textiles.

Saris for Sale Varanasi is famous for its intricate silk saris that can take weavers up to six months to complete. With patterns and techniques passed down through the centuries, these saris are highly sought after by brides-to-be across India. First Lady Michelle Obama even received one on a recent trip to India!

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Istanbul

{Turkey}

Hop on a ferry to travel between Europe and Asia and lose yourself in Istanbul’s lively bazaars and trendy cafés.

M

ake Istanbul—the world’s only metropolis spanning two continents—your home and classroom

for study abroad. You may know it as the former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, but today it’s a vibrant and progressive city that’s home to 14 million people. With half of its population under 30, Istanbul is a young city at the cultural and historical heart of a young and innovative nation. As a student, your opportunities are endless to explore Istanbul’s cultural diversity, architectural marvels, vibrant music and arts scene, rich cuisine, and hip nightlife.

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Program Center Our program center is centrally situated on the European side of Istanbul and serves as an academic hub where you take classes, consult with your faculty mentors, and meet specially-invited guest speakers. It’s also only minutes away from some of the city’s most interesting World Heritage sites, museums, galleries, restaurants, and cafés. When you’re ready to take a break from studying, clear your mind with a quick ride on one of Istanbul’s famous trams. We offer The Urban Research Lab semester program based at our Istanbul program center. See page 21 for more information about our Summer in Istanbul program.


“I approach Istanbul’s public transport system as one giant puzzle; I’m always trying out various combinations. No two trips are ever the same, but, as Istanbullus would say, ‘Burası Türkiye!’ In other words, that’s just the way of life here.” Kristin Larson {Alliance Advisor}

Housing Our students live in student dormitories in centrally-located neighborhoods, a short commute from the program center and just steps from shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and public transportation. Students may opt for either Turkish or other international roommates.

Activities Outside the classroom, we arrange weekly cultural activities that allow you to explore another side of Istanbul. • Screen classic Yeşilçam and new

independent films at one of many international film festivals • Get acquainted with Turkish cuisine

through making dolma, baklava, and other specialties • Learn how to craft İznik ceramics and

pottery from local artists and artisans • Witness members of the Mevlevi sect

of Sufism perform their traditional sema ceremony • Interview lawyers and development

specialists working with Europe, Asia, and the Middle East

THE URBAN RESEARCH LAB This semester program opens the doors for you to design, research, and present a substantial piece of work in your chosen area while using Istanbul as your laboratory.

• Migration and the Refugee Experience • New Media and Contemporary Social

Thought • Multiculturalism and the Arts • European Integration: History, Politics,

and Economics

Academics Our curriculum is centered on your Directed Research project, supported by three English-taught foundational courses and Turkish language. All courses are worth 3 credits, for a total of 15 credits. No prior language study is required. CURRICULUM DIRR 350 Directed

Research

ARTH 360 / COMM 360 Avant-Garde

Art, Media, and Culture

ECON 361 / IAFF 361 Migration,

Regional Politics

POLS 370 / SOCI 370 Islam

in Istanbul

TURK 100 Turkish

Potential research areas include:

Istanbul:

• Urbanization and Sustainable

Development • Islam and the West: Bridging the Gap

Field Excursions Two long-weekend trips expose you to the geographical, social, and cultural diversity of Turkey. Destinations may include the historic Silk Road trading center of Bursa, the geological wonders of Cappadocia, and the Greek-influenced port of İzmir.

Trade, and

and Modernity

Language

London. New York. Istanbul. What do these three cities have in

Directed Research

common? They’ve been on the cutting

Roll up your sleeves and dig into a meaningful research project of your own design. This research process is supported by our local network of entrepreneurs, academics, artists, journalists, business leaders, and policymakers—as well as our team of faculty advisors.

edge for centuries! The third oldest subway in the world was built in Istanbul in 1875—a few years after the ones in London and New York.

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Summer Programs CHINA • INDIA • TURKEY

SUMMER IN BEIJING Our eight-week summer program allows you to study the world’s most spoken language or complete a cross-cultural internship in China’s capital city. You will live among locals, explore Beijing’s many historic gems, and get away on a weekend excursion.

Academics Select any combination of 9 credits: survey contemporary Chinese culture paired with a Chinese language course or an internship, or focus exclusively on intensive language study.

Course Offerings SOCI 260 Contemporary Culture and Social Change in China (3 credits) INTS 380 Internship

(6 credits)

CHIN 100-600 Chinese

Language (6 credits)

CHIN 200-600 Intensive

(9 credits)

Chinese Language

Internships Summer is a great time to get real-world experience in a Chinese workplace. You could have the opportunity to work at a community development non-profit, research think-tank, environmental organization, or creative arts studios.

SUMMER IN SHANGHAI This eight-week summer program in China’s financial center offers you the opportunity to improve your Chinese language skills or complete a globallyrelevant internship. You will live with locals, explore Shanghai’s urban scene, and take a weekend excursion.

Academics Select any combination of 9 credits: survey Chinese society or economy paired with a Chinese language course or an internship, or focus exclusively on intensive language study.

See page 4 for more information on our Beijing program center!

Course Offerings SOCI 260 Chinese Society in the 21st Century (3 credits) ECON 360 China:

Economic Giant (3 credits)

INTS 380 Internship

(6 credits)

CHIN 100-600 Chinese

Language (6 credits)

CHIN 200-600 Intensive

(9 credits)

Chinese Language

Internships Build skills that you can apply toward your future career with an internship in Shanghai. You could be placed at a financial management firm, software development company, travel services agency, or garment manufacturer. See page 6 for more information on our Shanghai program center!

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ummer can be the perfect time to land an internship abroad, conduct research in the field, or go all in with intensive foreign language study. Can’t get enough of study abroad? Consider doing a summer and a semester in two different cities!

SUMMER IN PUNE Spend seven weeks in Pune, an established center for development organizations spanning global health, microfinance, environmental studies, and gender studies. You will live with a host family and get outside the classroom through field-based experiences in and around Pune.

Academics Enroll in a core course plus an internship or directed research project for a total of 6 credits.

Course Offerings SOCI 360 Contemporary

India (3 credits)

INTS / DIRR 380 Internship

Research (3 credits)

or Directed

Internships Step outside the classroom and gain hands-on internship experience at a placement such as a local grade school, public health non-profit, tech research firm, or microfinance organization.

Directed Research Work with a community organization and a faculty advisor to produce a formal research paper relevant to an academic field of your choice.

SUMMER IN ISTANBUL Istanbul becomes your urban laboratory as you explore the city’s geography, architecture, and history of transition. Delve into Istanbul’s lively slate of summertime activities, connect with local students, and discover another side of Turkey through a weekend excursion.

Academics Enroll in one four-week session to earn 4 credits, or two four-week sessions to earn 8 credits.

See page 12 for more information on our Pune program center!

Course Offerings DIRR 381 Summer Research Seminar (4 credits) HIST 360 / URBN 360 The Making of Modern Istanbul (4 credits)

Summer Research Seminar Roll up your sleeves and design, research, and present a substantial piece of work examining the vibrant city of Istanbul. This process is supported by our local network of entrepreneurs, artists, journalists, business leaders, and policymakers—as well as our faculty advisors. See page 18 for more information on our Istanbul program center!

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Start your study abroad adventure 1

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EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS

It’s important to find the right program to help you meet your personal and academic goals. Alliance students and staff are ready to talk to you! Alumni Ambassadors www.allianceglobaled.org/ ambassadors Reach out to these enthusiastic alumni who can’t wait to share their study abroad insights with you.

Student Services Managers Chat with our in-house experts Monday through Friday at (202) 822-0032 or send them an email any time at info@allianceglobaled.org.

Student Bloggers blog.allianceglobaled.org Follow current Alliance students as they blog about their day-to-day challenges and adventures abroad. Emily Heron

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TALK TO YOUR STUDY ABROAD ADVISOR

Once you narrow down your options, make an appointment with your study abroad advisor on campus to discuss your academic career and determine the best time for you to study abroad. Approval from your home school is required for participation in an Alliance program. Ask about any important deadlines, additional requirements, and funding opportunities that may be unique to your campus.


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MANAGE YOUR FINANCES

Check with your campus financial aid office to see how your current scholarships and grants may be applied toward study abroad. What’s Included Visit our website for current program fees and estimated additional expenses. The program price includes tuition and fees, housing, pre-departure materials, guidance with applying for a visa, orientation, activities and excursions, course materials, the services of a fulltime resident staff, and medical and evacuation insurance. Scholarships The Alliance offers need-based scholarships up to $4,500 for semester and summer programs. Plus, many national funding opportunities exist to help you supplement your program fee.

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SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

The Alliance’s online application portal is ready when you are! portal.allianceglobaled.org Apply by November 1 to study abroad in Spring Semester (January to May) or by April 15 to study abroad in Fall Semester (August to December). Summer Term dates vary by location but all applications are due by March 1. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible to apply. The Alliance operates on a rolling admission process. Visit our website for application instructions and requirements.

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PREPARE FOR DEPARTURE

Once you confirm your place in an Alliance program, the countdown begins! Your Student Services Manager will share invaluable advice on your host culture and work closely with you as you apply for a student visa, buy plane tickets, and decide what to pack. Our on-site staff will meet you at the airport and lead you through a multi-day orientation program to introduce your new home and equip you with important information to support your study abroad goals. Welcome to the Alliance!

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The Alliance designs programs for motivated, adventurous students who are looking for a better understanding of our complex world.

OUR STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS Thomas Athan (The College of New Jersey), Alexandra Barteldt (Elon University), Merita Bushi (Macalester College), Stephanie Cap (American University), Elliot deBruyn (University of Vermont), Kelsey Dennison (Princeton University), Alexandra Eterno (The George Washington University), Rebecca Freeman (University of Denver), Richelle Gamlam (The George Washington University), Genevieve Gregory (Gonzaga University), Laurelin Haas (Iowa State University), Fiza Hussain (Mount Holyoke College), Jermoh Kamara (Providence College), Hana Le (American University), Lucille McGrath (Arcadia University), Tyler O’Neil (Drake University), Brianna Rader (University of Tennessee), Joseph Rogus (The George Washington University), Gabrielle Ross (American University), and Tiana Winstead (Rhodes College)

1730 M Street NW, Suite 402 Washington, DC 20036 202-822-0032 / 888-232-8379 info@allianceglobaled.org www.allianceglobaled.org

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Study Abroad Programs 2016 Brochure  

The Alliance for Global Education provides culturally engaged and academically rigorous study abroad programs in China, India, and Turkey.

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