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China • India • Israel STUDY ABROAD PROGR AMS 2017


he Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University offers an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary global issues through its Alliance programs in dynamic countries rising on the world stage. 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. How will you maximize these opportunities for exploration, engagement, and examination—and create your adventure?


Explore. Become an insider—not a tourist. As you explore your new home abroad, 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, we introduce you to artists, entrepreneurs, activists, doctors, and diplomats who are both making change and preserving traditions.



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

CHINA Beijing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

while our fieldwork opportunities lead

our expert faculty balance classroom time

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you to meaningful engagement with

with visits to nearby corporations, clinics,

local communities—through hands-on

and consulates. We operate programs in

internships, student-driven research,

the fall and spring semesters as well as

artistic apprenticeships, and documentary

the summer, so they can easily fit into


your college career.


INDIA Manipal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Pune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Varanasi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 ISRAEL Jerusalem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Tel Aviv . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 SUMMER PROGRAMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 GETTING STARTED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

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Scholarships and Funding Opportunities IFSA-Butler believes that study abroad should be within the reach of every student, so we offer a wide range of scholarships and financing services. Any applicant to an IFSA-Butler or Alliance program is welcome to apply for the opportunities below.

NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS Awards start at $1,500 for semester programs and $1,000 for summer programs and may be used for any IFSA-Butler or Alliance program.

FILL THE GAP Fill the GAP allows students to save in advance for any IFSA-Butler or Alliance program and includes a matching grant up to $1,000 for semester programs.

UPFRONT PROGRAM UpFront allows students to put airfare and their program deposit on their IFSA-Butler student account in order minimize up-front costs. The account may then be paid with financial aid or our monthly payment option.

FIRST GENERATION SCHOLARSHIP This scholarship valued at $2,500 is for first generation college student and is used to reimburse certain up-front expenses for study abroad, including airfare, visa costs, and passport fees. The scholarship for some recipients may include a $500 housing scholarship.

WORK-TO-STUDY GRANTS Build your résumé and help pay for study abroad at the same time! Workto-Study grants allow students to work on special projects before or during their study abroad experience. IFSA-Butler pays $300 to $1,000 for completed projects. Positions are typically available in a wide range of areas related to study abroad and Alliance programs.


Use Your Financial Aid to Study Abroad Many students don’t realize that financial aid can help pay for study abroad. Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, and PLUS loans can apply to your Alliance program. College grants and scholarships, Perkins Loans, state grants and loans, and 529 plans may also be used for study abroad, but you’ll need to ask your home campus financial aid office about their policies for transferring these types of aid.

Life After Study Abroad Katherine Yagle, a 2012 graduate of Wesleyan University with a double major in environmental studies and American studies, spent a semester abroad with our Contemporary India program. Today, she works at City Slicker Farms, a non-profit in Oakland, California that organizes programs to help low-income residents grow, distribute, and eat more organic produce.

Why did you decide to study abroad in India as an undergraduate? I’d been planning to study abroad in India since high school, when my World Religions teacher showed us a Bollywood movie and I got hooked. I became captivated by the music and art of India, its many religions, its history, and its diversity. I was listening to an interview of filmmaker Ravi Patel recently in which the host was ogling over the irresistible draw of India, and Patel said, “You know most white people are obsessed with India, right? That’s, like, a thing.” And I thought to myself, that’s me.

What inspired you to return to India after graduating from college? How did you find work there? I was actually planning to paralegal in New York after graduation, but I realized I needed to get back to India by any means possible. Crazily enough, I had met the man who connected me to my job when I sat next to him on the connecting flight back from studying abroad. He was a development engineer who had done a lot of work in India, and I reached out to see if he knew of any projects happening in India. He connected me to a company in Tamil Nadu that designs cookstoves for impoverished populations.

co-operatives to make tangible impacts. When I returned to the U.S., I immediately got involved in food justice with an organization working on the ground to change our food system.

What advice would you give study abroad returnees when planning for their next steps in life? Always talk to the people you’re sitting next to on a plane! I’m joking, but there is truth to that: I think it’s about being open to and inviting in opportunities. All institutions doing good work provide amazing experiences and have networks full of cool people, but it’s on you to explore them.

How have your academic and professional experiences in India influenced your larger career goals? I think the main impact my time in India has had on my current work was flipping my interest from policy to more grassroots solutions. I’d always studied and worked on high-level topics such as GMO regulation and climate change policy and I was losing faith in the efficacy of policy in addressing and responding to people’s needs. My semester in Pune connected me to the rural development organization Nav Nirman Nyas, where my internship project was to assess awareness of organic methods amongst local residents and farmers. I became entranced by the power of grassroots solutions like farmer

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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.


s the political, educational, and cultural center of China, Beijing is absolutely awe-inspiring! 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 arts and architecture. Ever wondered how an aging, urbanizing population of 1.3 billion stays healthy? Ground-breaking studies, government ministries, and international diplomacy shape key public health policies and practices as Beijing buzzes with innovation.


Program Center Our location at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) is your home away from home, nestled in the vibrant and very 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’ll also have easy access to coffee shops and bookstores – perfect places to study with your fellow Chinese students. Plus, the nearby subway stop makes exploring the city a breeze. We offer our Public Health Policy and Practice in China program based in Beijing. See page 24 for more information about our Summer in Beijing program.

“The internship definitely made me feel more connected to China as a whole, rather than just Beijing. My supervisor asked me to draft a preliminary proposal for a plan of action in a community recently been damaged in an earthquake. I got to take everything I’d learned so far and bring it together to help so many people… That made this huge country feel a lot smaller.” Allison Sherry {University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign}

Housing Students live in shared rooms in the International Student Dorm on campus. A limited number of homestays may be available upon request.

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

or martial arts • Tour the peaceful maze of traditional

hutong neighborhoods near Houhai Lake • Visit Olympic facilities to discuss

health and environmental impacts • Meet with U.S. and foreign diplomats

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

moting English language literacy

PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY AND PRACTICE IN CHINA This program examines how public health policy is shaped by social, economic, and political currents and eventually put into practice in the world’s most populous country.

Academics You enroll in a core public health course and a 4-credit Chinese language course, plus choose three English-taught electives

worth 3 credits each, for a total of 16 credits. No prior language study is required.

• Prore Pharm Co., a marketing and

sales team for traditional and Western medicine and medical instruments


and Practice in China CHIN 100-600 Chinese

Health Policy


ELECTIVE COURSES INTS 380 / DIRR 380 Internship or



PUBH 350 / ENVI 350 Environmental PUBH 330 Nutrition

and Food Security

HLSC 300 / TCNM 300 Traditional




Internships As an intern, you have the opportunity to build real-world skills with a Chinese or international non-profit, corporation, or think-tank on projects related to public health. Supervised by a faculty advisor, you participate in an internship seminar that requires a paper and oral presentation. Possible placements may include: • International Committee of the Red

Cross, a humanitarian organization assisting victims of war and violence • Huiling Community Services, a local

non-profit helping mentally challenged individuals learn basic life skills • North Head, a strategic communications

Directed Research Through directed research, you work with a faculty advisor to produce a formal research paper relevant to the burgeoning field of public health. Each project provides opportunities to engage with local communities and organizations. Possible research topics may include: • The Effectiveness of Acupuncture in

Treating Arthritis and Chronic Pain • Air Pollution: How Native Beijingers,

Non-Beijing Chinese, and Foreign Residents Cope • Birth Control Policy and Women’s

Social Status in China • The Legacy of China’s One-Child Policy

and its Consequences for Elderly Welfare • Increasing Prevalence of Type 2

Diabetes in Chinese Adults

Field Study Trip Our week-long field study trip introduces you to China’s social, economic, and geographic diversity in destinations such as Yunnan or Qinghai Province. Explore the rural implementation of healthcare and environmental policies to complement your urban experiences in Beijing.

and public affairs consulting firm working in public health and related areas Study in Beijing




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


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.


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}


Field Study Trip


We offer two housing arrangements in Shanghai: Most students live in shared apartments with Chinese university students, while a limited number of homestays are also available upon request.

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.

Co-Curricular 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

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.



Local Hot Spot

SOCI 260 Chinese Society in the 21st Century

milk tea from Happy Lemon, a favorite

ELECTIVE COURSES ARCH 392 / URBN 392 Architecture

Urban Design

ECON 360 China: ENVI 385 City


Economic Giant

and Environment

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

State, Party, People

Chinese Politics:

Study in Shanghai


“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!


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:


Economic Giant

Field Study Trip

You may apply for an internship as one of your electives and will be matched based on your skills, experience, and goals. 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 • CITS, China’s largest travel services


Chinese I/II

ECON 371 / FINC 370 International

and Finance

ECON 380 International




agency • Pramex International, a leading con-

sulting firm for international corporate development

Trade: A Chinese

INTS 380 Internship MKTG 390 China

as a Global Market

MGMT 390 Managing

Enterprises in China

SCOM 345 Operations and Supply Chain Management

Study in Shanghai




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


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.


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.

Co-Curricular 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


ENVI 400 Environment


FILM 345 Evolution

• 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

GLOBAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH 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.

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

Indian Culture


• Visit nearby coastal fishing communities

the student-run Volunteer Services Organization

Directed Research


and Development

of Film in India Hindi

IAFF 360 Regional

Security Scenario in

IAFF 365 Strategy

and Practice of Indian

South Asia

Foreign Policy

IAFF 375 India’s

World View

POLS 380 Contemporary

Indian Politics

PUBH 210 Environmental

and Occupational


PUBH 220 Maternal PUBH 225 Global

and Child Health

Health Problems

PUBH 230 Surveillance of Infectious Diseases PUBH 240 Epidemiology


in Developing

PUBH 250 Public

Health System and National Health Policies

PUBH 300 Basic


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

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.

Study in Manipal




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


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.


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}



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.

Co-Curricular Activities


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


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


Entrepreneurship and

HIND 100–200 Hindi

• Observe local business practices with

the long-standing copper makers of Tambat Ali





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



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.

Study in Pune


“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 advocating

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 pioneer

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


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

Study in Pune




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


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.


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!

Co-Curricular 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.


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.


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


in Gender

PEAC 380 Peace

and Conflict Studies: Gandhi and Beyond RELG 350 Living

in India

Religious Traditions

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!

Study in Varanasi




Explore the intersections between identity, religion, community, nationalism and diversity in the city of coexistence — Jerusalem.


s globalization ushers in massive demographic shifts around the world, equip yourself with the

knowledge and skills required to address the deluge of new challenges and opportunities it presents both at home and abroad. A global city, Jerusalem provides the perfect location to explore issues of diversity and coexistence. Discover how this ancient city’s struggles and successes hold lessons for communities around the world.

Hebrew University Alliance students enroll in Hebrew University, studying and living together with students from diverse cultures, nationalities and religions. The campus is located on historic Mount Scopus with breathtaking views of the Old City of Jerusalem. Jerusalem’s landscape and allure are as diverse as its people. Bike on its many trails to explore millenia-old sites, art exhibits, spectacular botanical gardens, and amazing Mediterranean food. After the sun goes down, ride the light rail to a neon-lit dance party, one of its many cinemas, or an evening of poetry readings at a the Thmol Shilshom cafe. The Diversity and Coexistence program is run in partnership with Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School.


Housing All students are housed in the Scopus Student Village, a short walking distance from campus. Living in the student village gives you a chance to make new friends with Israeli students as well as others from all over the world.

Co-Curricular Activities Outside the classroom students participate in activities designed to engage you with diverse communities and interrogate theories of identity and coexistence. • Tour the Old City of Jerusalem and reli-

gious sites of three major world religions • Take in the sights, sounds, and smells

of the Shuk (Jerusalem’s food market) as you prepare for your Israeli cooking course or an upcoming Shabbat • Explore Tel Aviv’s street arts scene

through a graffiti tour and workshop • Sail on the Mediterranean Sea on a

mini-sailing course • Attend lectures on the Palestinian-

Israeli conflict • Visit Yad Vashem, The World

Holocaust Remembrance Center

DIVERSITY AND COEXISTENCE This semester program provides an experiential exploration and interrogation of Jerusalem’s diversity and approach to pluralism and coexistence. Students engage with a number of people representing diverse identities, including religious, ethnic, and sexual identities, as well as different political and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Academics You enroll in a core course, a Hebrew or Arabic language course, and three electives for a total of 15-18 credits. The core course and electives are taught in English.

The Palestinian: Modern History and Society The Politics of Planning in Cities of Conflict Trauma and Resilience

Internships Supervised internships for a variety of academic interests are available each semester for full-time students, who contribute 8 hours a week to a partner organization. Internships are worth 1 U.S. semester credit hour. Possible placements may include venture companies, government offices, local grade schools, and community organizations.


Feminist Judaism Intercultural Negotiation Introduction to Popular Culture in Israel Israeli Narratives of War and Peace Issues in Israeli Society Media and Nationalism Politics of Gender in the Middle East

• Meet with the New Palestinian Leadership

Radical Islamic Movements

• Experience daily life on a communal

Religion and the LGBT Community

agricultural settlement such as a kibbutz or moshav

The Body in Jewish Thought

The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Histories and Narratives

Study in Jerusalem


Tel Aviv


Tap into Israel’s dynamic culture of innovation and grow your business skills in the startup ecosystem of Israel’s entrepreneurs.


ith the highest density of tech startups in the world, the Tel Aviv metropolitan area is

Israel’s hub of innovation attracting the interest of leading venture-capital firms. Dubbed the Silicon Wadi, discover the cosmopolitan region that helped Israel earn its place as the world’s Startup Nation. Immerse yourself in Tel Aviv’s laid back Mediterranean lifestyle and free-spirited culture, full of opportunities to gain real-life experience pursuing your academic and career goals in the business world.


Program Center Our program center brings together corporate businessmen and entrepreneurs, economic scholars and app developers, to provide a unique practical learning environment for Alliance students. In nearby Herzliya, visit Apple’s second largest R&D center on your way to the beach, or catch a quick bus ride to Google’s R&D center where software engineers are pushing the limits on next-generation technologies. Tel Aviv and its hi-tech suburbs provide an ideal social context to cultivate your own entrepreneurial spirit. We offer the Business and Innovation semester program in Tel Aviv.

“Israel is booming in terms of entrepreneurship because you have a culture that allows you to challenge authority and question everything.” Eric Schmidt {Executive Chairman, Alphabet Inc.}

Housing All students live in shared apartments conveniently located close to public transportation, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife.

Co-Curricular Activities Outside the classroom, we arrange bi-weekly cultural activities that allow you to explore another side of Tel Aviv. • Tour Tel Aviv’s network of tech startups • Sail on the Mediterranean Sea in a

mini-sailing course • Explore the city’s street art scene

through a graffiti tour and workshop • Experience daily life on a communal

agricultural settlement such as a kibbutz or moshav • Take weekend trips to Northern and

Southern Israel • Meet protagonists of Israel’s political

and cultural scene •

BUSINESS AND INNOVATION This semester program provides a practical opportunity to study business and intern in Israel, a global leader in innovation with a thriving culture of entrepreneurship.

Academics You enroll in multiple English-taught courses in business and related areas, for a total of 15–18 credits.

Internships As an Alliance student you may participate in an internship that allows you to work in a local company during the semester. Positions may be available in areas such as marketing, research, analytics, finance, design, technology, and more. This is a hands-on opportunity for you to improve your skills, knowledge, and experience, and expand your networks at one of the plethora of nearby startups and technology incubators.


Business Analytics Computational Finance Consumer Behavior Economics in the Middle East Entrepreneurship and Family Business Financial Accounting Gaming Psychology Global Social Entrepreneurship High Performance Team Management Management of Information Systems Marketing Research Product Design and Development Project Management Statistical Modeling Technology and Innovation

Study in Tel Aviv


Summer Programs CHINA • INDIA • ISRAEL

SUMMER IN BEIJING Our six-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 on campus, join Beijing’s daily wellness rituals, and get away on a weekend excursion.

Academics Select any combination of 6 to 7 credits: explore public health topics paired with a Chinese language course or an internship—or focus exclusively on intensive language study.

Course Offerings PUBH 315 / POLS 315 Public

Health Policy and Practice in China (3 credits)

INTS 380 Internship

(3 credits)

CHIN 100-600 Chinese

Language (4 credits)

CHIN 200-600 Intensive

(6 credits)

Chinese Language

Internships Summer is a great time to get hands-on experience in a Chinese workplace. You could have the opportunity to work at a community non-profit, research think-tank, environmental organization, or public health consulting agency.

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 6 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 8 for more information on our Shanghai program center!



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 JERUSALEM Jerusalem is your living classroom as you explore its political, sexual, ethnic, and religious diversity. Delve into the compelling and complex variety of identities of people who may see themselves as Jewish before Israeli, or Israeli before Arab, or gay and Zionist, or Christian, Arab, and then Israeli.

See page 14 for more information on our Pune program center!

Course Offerings Diversity and Coexistence (3 credits) Select electives from the Rothberg International School, Hebrew University (3–4 credits) or Elementary or Intermediate Arabic Immersion (10 credits)

See page 20 for more information on our Jerusalem program center!

Academics Mural created by Joel Bergner and Max Frieder in collaboration with Palestinian and Israeli students in Jerusalem. Copyright 2015

Students may choose from two academic programs over the summer, which vary in length. Diversity and Coexistence students enroll in a core course and an elective for a total of 6–7 credits. Arabic Immersion students take a single intensive course focused on beginning or intermediate Arabic language. Summer Programs


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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 ambassadors Reach out to these enthusiastic alumni who can’t wait to share their study abroad insights with you. Student Bloggers Follow current Alliance students as they blog about their day-to-day challenges and adventures abroad.


Program Advisor Chat with our in-house expert Monday through Friday at 800-858-0229 or via email at


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.



Visit our website for current program fees and estimated out-of-pocket expenses. The program price includes tuition and fees, housing, pre-departure materials, guidance with applying for a visa, orientation, co-curricular activities and excursions, the services of a full-time resident staff, and medical and evacuation insurance. Additional services may be included and vary by program term and location.



Our online application system is ready when you are! Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible to apply. Alliance programs operate on a rolling admission process. Visit our website for application instructions and requirements. For China and India Programs Apply by November 1 for Spring Semester; March 1 for Summer Term; and April 15 for Fall Semester. For Israel Programs Apply by October 15 for Spring Semester; April 15 for Summer Term; and April 15 for Fall Semester and Academic Year.



Once you confirm your place in an Alliance program, the countdown begins! Your Program Advisor 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 to introduce your new home and equip you with important information to support your study abroad goals. Welcome to your Alliance program!

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

OUR STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS Alexandra Barteldt (Elon University), Chelsea Brown (University of Alaska Anchorage), Sarah Connolly (American University), Kelsey Dennison (Princeton University), Rebecca Freeman (University of Denver), Richelle Gamlam (The George Washington University), Sydney Gorman (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), Laurelin Haas (Iowa State University), Fiza Hussain (Mount Holyoke College), Dachelle London (St. Michael’s College), Ralston Louie (Williams College), Morgan Nelson (Princeton University), Danielle Pelaez (The George Washington University), Joseph Rogus (The George Washington University), Sarah Webber (Boston College), and Gabriela Weigel (Georgetown University).

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On the Cover: Alliance students volunteering at the Pune Blind Girls’ School celebrate Holi with eco-friendly colored powders from local organization eCoexist. By Deepak Kaw.

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