The Alliance in Manipal: Global and Public Health
97% Rating
(3 Reviews)

The Alliance in Manipal: Global and Public Health

The Alliance program is based at Manipal University, known throughout India and around the world for its strong medical college and health science programs. As a Manipal student, you will immerse yourself in campus life by living in dormitories, joining student groups, and taking classes with your Indian peers.

A university town, Manipal is surrounded by lush tropical backwaters away from the hustle and bustle of India’s megacities. In the heart of coastal Karnataka, Manipal provides an ideal rural location from which to study India’s public health challenges and rich cultural heritage. Your high-level coursework, integrated field visits to local clinics, and week-long excursion in South India will expose you to traditional and contemporary Indian medicine, as well as India’s cultural and physical diversity.

Locations
Asia » India
Program Type
Provider
Subject Areas
Asian Studies
Communications
Cultural Studies
Global Studies
Health Sciences
Media Relations
Sociology
Degree Level
Bachelors
Timeframe
Academic Year
Fall
Spring
Language
English
Steps
Online Application
Starting Price
$0.00
Currency
USD

Questions & Answers

Program Reviews

  • Academics
    63%
  • Support
    97%
  • Fun
    80%
  • Housing
    97%
  • Safety
    93%

Program Reviews (3)

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Rachael
Female
24 years old
Elon, Noth Carolina
Elon University

India at my Feet

10/10

I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad to Manipal for the fall of my junior year! I think that you learn SO much about a culture from learning about their health and being able to study public health in a country as complex as India was incredible. The director of the program, Katie Jo was amazing and facilitated so many culturally immersing excursions from visits to Hindu temples to a ten day travel week across South India! Traveling India was an experience that I would never trade for anything. South India is a pantheon of amazing food, culture and sights to see! There is ALWAYS something to do at Manipal, including a night life scene, beaches, mountains and awesome food places. It really ends up feeling like a college campus after a while, though at first it feels huge! One of my favorite things (and what I miss the most) about India was the food. I LOVED trying all of Manipal's restaurants and it definitely connected me more to some awesome friends and places!

How can this program be improved?

The program has a lot of planned events, like public health field visits on friday and excursions on saturdays so at times it felt like I had no time to explore on my own. As the semester went on, Katie Jo (the director) made a lot of events optional, but I still went to them all and would recommend everyone to do the same! Saying this, however, I felt overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things to do.

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Ally
Female
24 years old
Washington, D.C. United States
American University

A Program for Friendships

10/10

I was in Manipal from January 2014 to May 2014 and I loved every minute of it! I made some of my best friends while I was there, many of whom I still keep in touch with on a daily basis. I created incredibly strong connections to the people I encountered and the language as well. I spent an extra month in India after the program ended, and everyone within the Alliance staff was extremely helpful in planning this with me. The classes are similar, if not better than my courses in the U.S. and I never really had a moment of wishing I could go home. I have plans already to return and stay with the friends I made at Manipal. It was really the greatest experience!

How can this program be improved?

If I had to change one thing about the program, I would create less mandatory program events. While the staff was amazing at organizing things for us to do, it made it difficult in the beginning to make friends outside the program because we were always supposed to be hanging out with the people in the program.

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Danielle
Female
24 years old
Holly Springs, North Carolina
Elon University

The best decision I ever made!

9/10

Some of the day to things that make the program are that you're living in dorms with other Indian students going to class with Indian students too. You're able to make friends with the other American students on your program, with your Indian roommate, or your friend's roommates, your classmates, and just the other Manipal students, faculty and staff.
The public health field visits are an amazing opportunity of the program. You learn about how the healthcare system is set up, and how it's suppose to operate, and then you actually get to go and see the facilities and ask questions.
Manipal at first can be quite confusing, but you really become comfortable quickly, because at many times it's just like a large college campus in a college town. Many things, like everyone stressing over exams, dance exhibitions on the weekends, and eating in a dining hall are all familiar. Don't get me wrong, you always feel like you're in India, but it isn't as jarring of an adjustment as one might think.
One thing that I wish the program could incorporate more individual travel weekends. India is a huge country, and I definitely feel like I'm not even close to an expert on southern India, let alone the whole country. The saturday excursions are great, but more time to venture on our own would be great.
This program was absolutely the best decision I ever made. I'm now an Alliance alumni ambassador, and love getting to share my experience with potential study abroad students. I also have great plans to go back to India, ideally south India. The culture, people, food, and clothes have all really stuck in my heart, and I can't wait to go back again and again!

How can this program be improved?

Mainly just more independent travel weekends, just a few even would make a big difference. I also wish that it was longer! But that's really not a critic so much, as I don't think any length of time would be sufficient.

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