Why the Alliance?

Why have over 2,500 undergraduate students from 300 U.S. colleges and universities chosen to study abroad through the Alliance?

In all of our programs, the Alliance seeks to support highly-motivated, adventurous students as they develop into sensitive and sophisticated future leaders, with a nuanced understanding of complex local, regional, and international issues. Everything we do focuses on providing the highest level of programming excellence for our students based on the following pillars:

  • Academics: Our programs are academically challenging with classes taught to a high standard by local professors and experts in the field. Courses provide a structured blend of classroom and field-based learning.
  • Insider Access: Our students interact with social entrepreneurs, artists, business leaders, policymakers, and health practitioners, learning directly from people who are both making change and preserving traditions.
  • Cultural Immersion: Housing arrangements foster integration into the host culture, while co-curricular activities and field study trips introduce students to people and places they would not otherwise see.
  • Pre-Departure Services: We are committed to offering superior pre-departure services that prepare students to make the most of their experience abroad—academically, experientially, culturally, and personally.
  • Arrival and Orientation: After greeting students at the airport, we begin every program with a multi-day orientation that introduces their new home and equips them with important information to support their goals.
  • On-Site Support: Our programs are designed and administered by a team of study abroad and regional experts that include our Advisory Committee members and program staff in the U.S. and overseas.
  • Health and Safety: Through staff training, continuous monitoring, and ongoing assessment, the Alliance ensures that our programs provide the highest quality of care, oversight, and due diligence in regards to health and safety.

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