Contact A Program Graduate

Want to talk to a student who participated in an Alliance program?

Our Alumni Ambassadors are here to help!  Hailing from various colleges and universities around the country, these students volunteered to spread the word about the tangible and intangible benefits of study abroad – and the unique experience provided by Alliance programs!

Iram Cesani

21st Century City
University of Tampa – Advertising and Public Relations Major

Hey Guys! My name Iram Cesani. I am a current senior here at the University of Tampa. I major in Advertising & Public Relations with a minor in Marketing. I traveled abroad to Shanghai, China last semester (Spring 2014) with the 21st Century...

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Hey Guys! My name Iram Cesani. I am a current senior here at the University of Tampa. I major in Advertising & Public Relations with a minor in Marketing. I traveled abroad to Shanghai, China last semester (Spring 2014) with the 21st Century Program and wouldn't have traded that experience for the world. Guaranteed one of the best experiences of my life and my college experience to date. I want to show students that going abroad not only engages you educationally, but also gives you life long lessons, friendships from all corners of the world  and the ability to access knowledge, from a global perspective. hide

Katreena Casallo

21st Century City
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Global Studies and Political Science Major

My name is Katreena Alyssa Casallo. I am from Chicago, Illinois and I am currently a senior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I am majoring in Global studies focusing on international business and political science. I was born in the...

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My name is Katreena Alyssa Casallo. I am from Chicago, Illinois and I am currently a senior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I am majoring in Global studies focusing on international business and political science. I was born in the Philippines and have migrated to the States about 10 years ago. I have studied abroad each year of my undergrad, last year being with the Alliance Program in Shanghai 21st century.  I am an avid traveler, adventure junkie, cultural and historical buff. I love immersing myself into the known and getting lost to finding myself again. hide

Katie Chapin

Contemporary India
Bethel University – Anthropology Major

Namaskar! My name is Katie and I study Anthropology, Reconciliation Studies, and Philosophy at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. I spent Spring 2014 in Pune, India and couldn't have asked for a more rewarding experience! I was able to complete my...

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Namaskar! My name is Katie and I study Anthropology, Reconciliation Studies, and Philosophy at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. I spent Spring 2014 in Pune, India and couldn't have asked for a more rewarding experience! I was able to complete my internship there as well as take interesting classes on entrepreneurship and social justice. I even learned some Hindi along the way! I think studying in Asia is one of the smartest and most rewarding places to go for a semester abroad - there are countless cultures to learn from and a million things to see. I look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have about the India program - it will be the time of your life! hide

Jackson Williams

Contemporary India
American University – Political Science Major

My name is Jackson Williams, I study mathematics and political science at AU. I had a great time studying at the Alliance Pune program in the spring of 2014. I had a slightly different experience in Pune than many other students because my internship...

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My name is Jackson Williams, I study mathematics and political science at AU. I had a great time studying at the Alliance Pune program in the spring of 2014. I had a slightly different experience in Pune than many other students because my internship was not with an NGO but with a university in the city. I loved my time there and would be happy to share my experiences and what I learned with students who are interested in the program. hide

Leslie Weaver

Contemporary India
The City, the River, the Sacred
College of Wooster – Anthropology Major

Hi! I’m Leslie—a senior at the College of Wooster majoring in Anthropology and minoring in South Asian Studies.  I studied with the Alliance both Fall 2013 in Varanasi and Spring 2014 in Pune.  Spending nine months in India was...

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Hi! I’m Leslie—a senior at the College of Wooster majoring in Anthropology and minoring in South Asian Studies.  I studied with the Alliance both Fall 2013 in Varanasi and Spring 2014 in Pune.  Spending nine months in India was one of the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate career and I think everyone should have the chance to study abroad!  I am so excited to share my experience with other students and encourage others to create a wonderful study abroad experience for themselves. hide

Samuel Parker

Contemporary India
Macalester College – Religious Studies & Media and Cultural Studies Major

My name is Sam Parker, and I am a senior at Macalester College.  I am a Religious Studies and Media & Cultural Studies double major.  I will be the chair of the meditation group on campus, Sitting @ Mac. In the Spring of 2014, I had the...

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My name is Sam Parker, and I am a senior at Macalester College.  I am a Religious Studies and Media & Cultural Studies double major.  I will be the chair of the meditation group on campus, Sitting @ Mac. In the Spring of 2014, I had the privilege of studying abroad in Pune as part of the Contemporary India program.  I had an incredible experience taking classes and immersing myself into the cultural. The opportunity to stay with a host family and travel throughout the country were just added bonuses.  I hope that as an Ambassador I can share my experience with other students and tell them about the beauty of Pune! hide

Toniann Maniscalco

Contemporary India
Georgetown University – Philosophy Major

Hello everyone! You can call me Toni. I'm looking forward to my last year as an undergraduate student studying philosophy and film at Georgetown University, and I have plans to pursue my master's degree in education and become a school teacher...

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Hello everyone! You can call me Toni. I'm looking forward to my last year as an undergraduate student studying philosophy and film at Georgetown University, and I have plans to pursue my master's degree in education and become a school teacher as well as continuing my work with film to become a documentarian. My passions include painting, reading, martial arts, whistling, writing, film, and animals. I also plan on continuing to travel, and to one day return to Pune to make more documentary films. hide

Angela Graciano

Contemporary India
Franklin & Marshall College – Business and Public Health Major

Hi! My name is Angela and am a senior at Franklin & Marshall College pursuing a joint major in Business and Public Health. I was part of the Contemporary India (Pune, India) spring 2014 program. During my time in India I interned with an amazing...

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Hi! My name is Angela and am a senior at Franklin & Marshall College pursuing a joint major in Business and Public Health. I was part of the Contemporary India (Pune, India) spring 2014 program. During my time in India I interned with an amazing organization, learned how to dance Kathak, and explored India’s diverse culture. Overall, studying abroad in India broadened my perspectives and helped me step out of my comfort zone.  As an ambassador, I look forward to sharing my experiences to those who want to embark on this amazing journey! hide

William Gottlieb

Contemporary India
Grinnell College – Biology Major

My name is Will Gottlieb, I am a senior at Grinnell College in Iowa. When I left for Pune in the spring of 2014, I knew it would be different from everything I had ever experienced before, which is what I was looking for.  Now, I am excited to...

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My name is Will Gottlieb, I am a senior at Grinnell College in Iowa. When I left for Pune in the spring of 2014, I knew it would be different from everything I had ever experienced before, which is what I was looking for.  Now, I am excited to help students discover India as an option for study abroad.  It is a place that will push you and challenge you differently than any other place would, and end up being one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. hide

Jessica Fries

Contemporary India
Smith College – History and Medieval Studies Major

Hello! My name is Jessa. I am a senior at Smith College in Northampton, MA double majoring in history and medieval studies. I studied in Pune last spring with the Contemporary India program and loved it. Pune is a wonderful, diverse, welcoming city and...

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Hello! My name is Jessa. I am a senior at Smith College in Northampton, MA double majoring in history and medieval studies. I studied in Pune last spring with the Contemporary India program and loved it. Pune is a wonderful, diverse, welcoming city and anyone ready to explore will have an incredible time there. Doing a research project, living with a host family, and traveling as much as possible is what made the program for me. I am already looking for ways to get back there again. I’m so thankful to have had this experience and am looking forward to connecting with prospective students. hide