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The Global and Public Health program at Manipal University offers students a comprehensive overview of public health in India, as well as a multi-disciplinary array of courses focused on Indian culture, politics and society. Based at one of India’s premier private universities, this program provides an integrated Indian campus experience and the unique opportunity to live and take courses with Indian peers.
As part of their coursework, students visit local health clinics to understand health promotion, infectious disease treatment and prevention, and traditional and contemporary medical practice, as well as explore India’s traditional culture and contemporary ascendance on the world stage. Field visits integrated with the core course provide exposure to the regional complexity of Karnataka and its local religions, landscapes, livelihoods, and economies.
Students may enroll for the fall or spring semester. All students are encouraged to consider spending an academic year in India, whether continuing in their current program to deepen their knowledge of Manipal, or at a different Alliance program to broaden their understanding of India’s regional diversity.
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To be eligible for this program, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited U.S. institution. No previous academic or language coursework is required.
All students are encouraged to consider a full academic year abroad with the Alliance. In two semesters abroad, you deepen your linguistic and cultural immersion, take your academic interests further, and forge ever-stronger bonds with the people and culture you’ve come to know and love.
As a year-long student, you’ll have the freedom to explore the full range of your program’s curriculum, progress to the next level of language acquisition, and continue your internship, research project, or other field component with the increased knowledge, skills and abilities that you’ve acquired in your first semester. Logistics permitting, you’re able to choose whether you’d like to stay in your current housing or try something new—there are benefits to both! Travel options may also be customized based upon designated program itineraries for the term.
You can also consider a new city (or country)! All year-long Alliance students receive a $500 continuer’s discount, for any combination of programs, countries, or terms.
Manipal is a small university town located in southwest Karnataka, five miles from the Arabian Sea. Surrounded by lush backwaters and away from the hustle and bustle of India's megacities, Manipal provides an ideal rural, tropical location for studying India’s public health challenges and rich cultural heritage, as well as Karnataka’s thriving local economies, including the tea, coffee, cashew, fishing and silk industries. The university provides regular bus service to Mangalore, the nearest large city, where students will find ample shopping and entertainment venues, as well as an international airport with access to most of India's major cities. Four hours south of Goa, and only a few miles from neighboring Udupi, Manipal offers stunning views of the sea and nearby Western Ghats.
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The Global and Public Health program is based at Manipal University, a premier private university known throughout India and around the world for its strong medical college and health science programs. With over 18,000 graduate and undergraduate students, including 3,500 students from countries in the Middle East, Europe, Australia and other parts of Asia, Manipal’s world-class faculty bring a dynamic approach to the classroom.
The Manipal campus is modern, with state-of-the-art facilities including numerous colleges and institutes, classrooms, libraries, student hostels, food courts, athletic fields and swimming pools, and a brand new indoor sports complex. Students come from all over India and the world to study at Manipal, and Alliance students are immersed in its thriving campus life, with every opportunity to participate in student activities, clubs, festivals, and sports competitions. For more information on Manipal University, visit their website: www.manipal.edu.
Students take the required core course and choose four 3-credit electives from Public Health and/or Indian Studies offerings (15 credits total).
Some courses are designed especially for international students, while others may be integrated with Manipal University students.
Not all electives may be offered in a given semester depending on enrollment and faculty availability. Students are encouraged to identify alternative electives when they complete their Course Preference Form.
Click the hyperlinked course titles to view syllabi
This required core course provides a political, historical, religious, philosophical, and social overview of contemporary Indian society and creates a shared intellectual context that promotes the integration of coursework with students' personal observations.
The Global and Public Health program capitalizes on Manipal University's medical and health science programs' long-standing reputation, offering students direct-enroll course options addressing rural public health, global public health, national health policy, and Ayurveda.
These courses include a field-based practicum alongside other Manipal students, with regular visits to the university’s hospital and rural health clinics. Past students have shadowed doctors in various departments at Manipal University Hospital, visited a leprosy hospital and rehabilitation center, learned how to screen and diagnose tuberculosis patients, and participated in local rural implementation of WHO organized India-wide polio eradication project.
The Indian Studies curriculum provides a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary look at India’s past, present, and future. The university has drawn its most talented teaching faculty from geopolitics, philosophy, European studies, and communications to teach direct-enroll and specially-designed courses focusing on India and South Asia.
Indian media plays a pivotal role in portraying India culture to the world and raises awareness on a number of sensitive issues including terrorism, racism, international conflicts, and environmental issues. This course will help students understand the growth, development and evolution of media in India, with a special focus on the legal and ethical concerns versus business demands.
In today’s world, the strategic implications and inter-related security issues involved with current problems of communications and information must be dealt with in a holistic sense. Students will understand the salient features and relevance of the complex issues relating to threat perceptions affecting regional security in South Asia.
The history and changing nature of India’s foreign policy continues to inform the strategy and choices that India weighs while formulating its policies in dealing with foreign nations. This course is geared toward students who have a limited background in the strategy and practice of foreign policy in the Indian context.
This course will address the views of the world on India and the reciprocal Indian view of the world. The uniqueness of conceptualizing and constructing a world view of India is essential in the context of India’s rising power and how the traditional and stagnant views of India have been transforming and reconstructed in the light of India’s rise.
Best known through the powerhouses of Bollywood, Indian films are produced in over 17 languages with a wide and diverse range of subjects and genres. Students become familiar with the basic elements of cinema and film appreciation, the origins of Indian cinema, influential Indian film directors, and the corporatization of the film industry.
When the world is faced with the dangers of global warming due to overproduction and consumption, paradoxically, all parts of the world do not enjoy an equitable share of development. The course will introduce students to the basics of environmentalism, ecosystem, threats to biodiversity and resources, international legal framework, movements and issues such as global warming and ozone layer depletion.
The ongoing debate on politics and government in India can best be understood when considering the history and changing nature of its political systems. In this course, students will develop an introductory competence of Indian Government functions and its various existing systems and institutions.
With a focus on practical application of Hindi language, this course will emphasize speaking proficiency and listening comprehension, as well as elementary reading and writing of the Devanagari script.
Students are paired with Manipal University Faculty Guides in order to conduct research with local organizations. Guided readings and one on one meetings with Faculty Guides and the Directed Research Adviser provide students with instruction pertaining to the development of articulate and comprehensive research that remains respectful to the sensitivities of local culture. The course culminates in student completion of a specific pilot study based upon his or her time in the field.
This course is focused upon basic disciplines and performance of Bharatanatyam. The Bharatanatyam dance form originated many centuries ago in the temples of Tamil Nadu in South India. It is known for its strong lines that make geometric and symmetrical shapes as well as its signature turn-out position. Bharatanatyam is embellished with intricately expressive hand gestures and elaborate facial expressions that lend to the story-telling aspect of this style.
Dr. Arvind Kumar Director, Study Abroad Programme (SAP) and Head, Department of Geopolitics & International Relations
IAFF 360: Regional Security in South Asia
IAFF 365: Strategy and Practice of India Foreign Policy
POLS 380: Contemporary Indian Politics
Dr. Neeta Inamdaar Head, Manipal Centre for European Studies
COMM 350: Indian Media
Varadesh Hiregange Director, Manipal Institute of Communication
FILM 345: Cinema in India
ENVI 400: Environment and Development Communication
Dr. Monish Tourangbam, Assistant Professor, Department of Geopolitics and International Relations
IAFF 375: India's World View
Shilpa Venkatraman Assistant Professor, Manipal Institute of Communucation
ENVI 400: Environment and Development Communication
Maitreyee Mishra Assistant Professor, Manipal Institute of Communication
FILM 345: Cinema in India
Thiru Jeevarathinam Visiting Professor, Manipal University
HIND 100: Beginning Hindi
Katie Jo Walter Professor & Resident Director, Alliance for Global Education-Manipal
DIRR 380: Directed Research
Credits, Grades, and Transcripts
A study abroad experience is first and foremost an academic experience. All Alliance for Global Education courses have undergone a faculty review and approval process, and are transcripted by an accredited U.S. university. For all Alliance programs through Spring 2014, transcripts are issued by Arcadia University. For Summer 2014 programs and beyond, transcripts are issued by Butler University.
While in most cases students who have received approval from their home institution to study on an Alliance program can be assured of credits transferring, it is a student’s responsibility to work with their study abroad or academic advisor and home school faculty or academic departments to ensure credit transfer for specific courses.
Credits and Accreditation
Credits granted for Alliance courses are identified in course listings on the Curriculum page for each program, and appear on the official transcript issued at the completion of a student's term. Credit is issued in U.S. semester hours, ensuring that students continue to make progress toward their degrees and verifying the full-time course load they completed while abroad.
All Alliance courses have been reviewed and approved by Butler or Arcadia University’s Undergraduate Academic Programs Committee. Arcadia University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Butler University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs approved by the Butler University College of Business—which include the Alliance’s International Business Program in Shanghai—are accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Students receive a letter grade on a scale from A to F for every course they take while enrolled on an Alliance program. Withdrawals (W) may be granted due to exceptional circumstances. Although policies at students' home institutions may differ, the Alliance does not permit students to take courses on a credit/no credit or pass/fail basis. Student grades are determined by criteria set forth in course syllabi.
The grading scale used in determining letter grades for Alliance courses is as follows:
At the conclusion of a program, an official transcript is sent to the participant's home school, with an unofficial copy forwarded to the participant.
Because timelines for final evaluation may vary due to respective program calendars or administrative structures of partner universities abroad, transcripts may take longer to issue than they do at U.S. institutions. While the timeline varies by program, a general timeline for issuing transcripts is:
· Fall programs - transcript issued in late February
· Spring and Summer programs - transcript issued in late September
Transcripts are not released for students with an outstanding balance of program fees or other charge incurred while on the program. Students enrolling in consecutive terms with the Alliance do not receive their first term transcript until their second term fees are paid in full.
Participants in Alliance programs beginning Summer 2014 can request additional transcripts of their transcripts online at any time from Butler University's online transcript ordering service provided by the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit organization serving the higher education community.
If you have a question about the transcripting process or timeline, please feel free to contact your Student Services Manager.
Students who choose to pursue directed research as an elective are paired with a faculty member appropriate to their academic area of interest, such as international relations, public health or the humanities, and are expected to produce a formal research paper. Research students have regular meetings with faculty guides in their subject area to discuss the formation and execution of their research plans. All directed research projects are subject to the interest and availability of faculty and may require prior relevant coursework.
For more information, consult the Directed Research in International Relations, Public Health and Humanities syllabus.
Every Friday, a public health professor from Manipal University leads Alliance students on excursions that are directly linked to the curriculum. This hands-on exposure to India’s system at the village, town, and district level helps Alliance students gain a 360-degree understanding of the successes and challenges of global public health.
Program dates roughly follow the U.S. academic calendar:
Specific program dates are posted below. All flights should be booked according to these dates. Please consult the Traveling to Manipal section for instructions on how to book your flights. Remember that flights from the U.S. arrive in India the day after they depart from the U.S. Be sure to confirm that you are departing the U.S. on the first date listed below.
The 16-17 week semester begins with an orientation. Students are acclimated to their new environment through introductory lectures on Indian culture, training on health and safety, and given an introduction to campus life. Once students have settled into their dorms, they begin their coursework. Field excursions and site visits are woven into the semester schedule. The semester concludes with a final seminar where experiences are discussed and students are prepared for their return home.
Given the program’s busy academic schedule, weekly local activities and excursions, and field study trips, the Alliance STRONGLY DISCOURAGES students from hosting visitors until the end of the semester. Please encourage family and/or friends to visit AFTER the program has ended. Students should make their travel plans accordingly.
12 August 2014 Flight departure from U.S.
13 August 2014 Arrival in Mumbai
14 August 2014 Group flight to Mangalore - Orientation begins
1 December 2014 Closing Ceremony
2 December 2014 Return flight to Mumbai and U.S.
18 January 2015 Flight departure from U.S.
19 January 2015 Arrival in Mumbai
20 January 2015 Flight to Mangalore - Orientation begins
22 January 2015 Classes begin
7 - 15 March 2015 Field Study Trip
11 May 2015 Closing ceremony
12 May 2015 Leave for USA
|Fall 2014 Program||$ 16,780|
|Spring 2015 Program||$ 16,780|
The program price includes tuition and fees, housing, all meals, pre-departure materials, student visa authorizations, orientation, organized activities, field study trips, course materials, the services of a full-time resident director, and medical/evacuation insurance.
The program price does not include airfare to India, passport and consular visa fees, independent travel, and other items not mentioned as included.
The Alliance encourages students to enroll for more than one term and to consider studying with more than one Alliance program. Students who continue into a second or third term with the Alliance receive a $500 discount on the program fee for this subsequent term. Some students choose to spend fall term in one location and spring term in another; others continue in our summer term after completing spring.
Alliance programs emphasize cultural immersion, experiential learning opportunities, and extensive interaction with students and faculty in the host context. Your housing arrangements at Manipal are thus an important component of your experience abroad, and we want you to be able to make the most of this opportunity.
Alliance students at Manipal are housed in air-conditioned rooms in student hostels on campus. Students may choose to live in single rooms or in double rooms with an Indian roommate. All rooms include attached, private bathrooms. Please note that the hostels at Manipal University impose a curfew on student residents, a common practice at colleges and universities across India. Curfews may vary depending on the hostel, but often range from 10 pm to midnight. Students should be aware that curfews may also change at any time without prior notice.
All meals are included and provided in the campus canteens. Additional multi-cuisine restaurants in the two university food courts and off-campus are readily available at the student’s expense. There are several coffee shops on and nearby to the campus as well.
"When I’m not buying fruit or walking to class, quite often I can be found hanging out with my room mate. Your roommates are the best people to ask about fun things to do, cultural norms, schoolwork, etc. Don’t be afraid to ask- it will help so much as you transition and most people here are super friendly."
-Erica Cross (University of New Hampshire)
Students are acclimated to their new environment through introductory sessions on Indian culture, university life, program policies, health and safety, and through social events with Manipal University faculty and students. Excursions into the local area include visiting the Krishna Temple for an elephant blessing and local restaurants to experience regional food. Orientation culminates with a Yakshagana performance, a regional form of traditional dance-theatre, followed by dinner with faculty, students, and performers.
Local activities and excursions are built into the curriculum throughout the semester. The core required course, Indian Culture and Society, integrates the course material with weekend activities and trips. Numerous other optional activities are made available to the students and may include:
In addition to vibrant campus life, Alliance students in Manipal are given the option of taking classes in expressive culture. Choices may vary depending on the availability of instructors, but yoga and bharatnatyam (dance) are commonly offered.
One week during the semester is set aside for an extended field visit. Travel itineraries are subject to change, and highlights may include:
In past semesters students traveled with the Manipal Resident Director on a nine-day study tour exploring major urban and rural sites in Karnataka.
In Bengaluru, the center of India’s IT and outsourcing industries and political strong-hold, students took a private tour of the state capital building, known as the Vidhana Soudha, and attended a discussion of India's political system with a local politician and professor from the renowned Indian Institute of Management. The group also explored the city's prime shopping district and beautiful Lal Bagh gardens.
The students then caught a train to Mysore where the visited Infosys', India’s premier IT company and world famous business success story, largest training facility. Touring the sprawling campus in a golf cart, students were able to visit the board room and peek into the classrooms where top students from top universities train for future careers at the company. While in Mysore, students also toured the beautiful palace of the Mysore royal family.
Third on the itinerary was a visit to a Kabini wildlife preserve. Though students may not always be lucky enough to see a tiger, the park is home to many other animals, including wild elephants that the students spotted. Next the group stopped in Ooty, a popular hill station in Karantaka, while making their way to the Adivasi tribal areas of the Nilgiri Hills. In the Adivasi villages students accompanied a Manipal professor and were able to interact and learn more about traditional crafts and local customs.
Next the group headed to Kerala for a backwater boat ride through the inland canals lined with small rural communities before finally visiting the synagogue of what was once a thriving Jewish community in Koshi and catching the train home to Manipal.
How do Alliance program graduates look back on their experience studying in Asia? What advice can they offer on making the most of your time abroad? Contact these students to ask your questions!
My name is Alison Venable, I am a senior at American University majoring in International relations with a focus on development and South Asia and minor in Education Studies. I work for the Center for Peacebuilding and Development and am a member of...read more
My name is Alison Venable, I am a senior at American University majoring in International relations with a focus on development and South Asia and minor in Education Studies. I work for the Center for Peacebuilding and Development and am a member of American University's Bhangra team. I plan to return to India next year and pursue a career in international education. hide
Namaste! My name is Danielle Richer and I spent spring 2014 in Manipal, Karnataka, India. At my home school, Elon University, I study psychology and am pre-med. In India, I took classes in Public Health, Hindi and a Geopolitics class. My semester in...read more
Namaste! My name is Danielle Richer and I spent spring 2014 in Manipal, Karnataka, India. At my home school, Elon University, I study psychology and am pre-med. In India, I took classes in Public Health, Hindi and a Geopolitics class. My semester in India was one of the best experiences in my life so far. It was amazing to really get to know Manipal, from the academics to the students, but also getting to see and understand Southern India. I'm currently planning post graduation plans to go back! hide
Hello! I am Tessa, a senior studying public health at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. I spent the spring semester of my junior year in India on the Alliance program for public health in Manipal. My semester in India helped me decide...read more
Hello! I am Tessa, a senior studying public health at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. I spent the spring semester of my junior year in India on the Alliance program for public health in Manipal. My semester in India helped me decide to work in global health after I graduate. The many different field visits we participated in broadened my view of both the reality of many health systems in developing countries as well as the change dedicated people in any community can make. I look forward to sharing these experiences with others this semester! hide
Hi everyone, my name is Chergai Gao Rittenberg and currently a 2nd year at American University in DC. I recently came back (fall semester) from Manipal, India studying on The Public Health track. It is so hard to summarize my experience in one word or...read more
Hi everyone, my name is Chergai Gao Rittenberg and currently a 2nd year at American University in DC. I recently came back (fall semester) from Manipal, India studying on The Public Health track. It is so hard to summarize my experience in one word or just a sentence. Let's just say that I have explored spirituality, gone to 2 Indian weddings (big deal!), traveled southern india and made so many friends. I have had so many adventures condensed in a four month period and I am super excited to share it with everyone. hide
Hi! My name is Laura McCormick and I am a junior biochemistry major at Hamilton College, with a minor in comparative literature. Last fall, I studied Global and Public Health in Manipal, India. Throughout my four months in the country, I fell in love...read more
Hi! My name is Laura McCormick and I am a junior biochemistry major at Hamilton College, with a minor in comparative literature. Last fall, I studied Global and Public Health in Manipal, India. Throughout my four months in the country, I fell in love with the culture of India and gained a passion for public health. From hospital field visits to Bollywood dance classes, I had a transformational experience in Manipal and look forward to sharing my experiences with prospective students! hide
Hey guys! My name is Alison, and I am a senior at American University studying International Studies and Public Health. As you can probably guess from that, I studied at Manipal University in India in the Fall of 2013. I had an amazing time while...read more
Hey guys! My name is Alison, and I am a senior at American University studying International Studies and Public Health. As you can probably guess from that, I studied at Manipal University in India in the Fall of 2013. I had an amazing time while abroad and feel so fortunate to have experienced everything that I did. From attending a friend's wedding to taking cooking classes from another friend's mother, the cultural immersion was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. Academically I found the program engaging and interesting, thanks to the amazing and accommodating professors at Manipal. I am excited to be a part of this group so I can continue to remember and cherish my Manipal experience for the next semester, and hopefully help others to get excited for the amazing experiences that are in store for them. hide
Hi! I spent an amazing Fall semester studying Public Health in Manipal India. Over the course of the semester I was able to gain a unique perspective on public health and its challenges in developing countries, that I would not have been able to...read more
Hi! I spent an amazing Fall semester studying Public Health in Manipal India. Over the course of the semester I was able to gain a unique perspective on public health and its challenges in developing countries, that I would not have been able to gain at any other point in my life. It was the most amazing semester of my college experience and truly a transformational semester in my life. Studying abroad allowed me to challenge myself to step outside of my comfort zone and discover independence, confidence and self-assurance that I didn't know I had. I can't wait to share my amazing experiences with anyone who's curious! hide
Hey everyone! My name is Claire. I studied at Manipal University in Karnataka, India, and it was completely amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Manipal and learned so much, and I would like to help expand the program and hopefully educate other...read more
Hey everyone! My name is Claire. I studied at Manipal University in Karnataka, India, and it was completely amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Manipal and learned so much, and I would like to help expand the program and hopefully educate other students on its merits. The best part about Manipal was the immersive nature of the program—I was afforded so many authentic opportunities and experiences that I think other abroad programs lack. Since I had such a wonderful and educational experience, I'm excited to share that with other students here at AU! hide
Greetings! This past spring I went to Manipal University with Alliance in their Public Health program. I learned so much while I was in India and I absolutely loved my experience there. As an Ambassador I hope to encourage my peers to go on a study...read more
Greetings! This past spring I went to Manipal University with Alliance in their Public Health program. I learned so much while I was in India and I absolutely loved my experience there. As an Ambassador I hope to encourage my peers to go on a study abroad trip that is more exotic to them. Check out the video I made about campus life in Manipal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R67n7ROA53I. hide
Hey there! I’m a junior at The George Washington University majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Public Health and a minor in Geography. My interest in India was set in motion by my mother, who, at about my age, spent time...read more
Hey there! I’m a junior at The George Washington University majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Public Health and a minor in Geography. My interest in India was set in motion by my mother, who, at about my age, spent time working in an Indian hospital. As I was growing up I heard all sorts of stories about her adventures so I decided to make it a bit of a family tradition. Looking back on my time in India, it’s hard to pinpoint my favorite experience(s) but what I do know is that I gained an immeasurable amount of knowledge that will be beneficial no matter what I decide to pursue in the future. The program offered classes in each of my majors and interests and I was able to tackle public health, politics and geography all at once. Not only was it a valuable experience educationally, it was also a powerful experience emotionally, culturally and personally. While the work and field visits were exhausting and much different from anything I have ever experienced, I could not be happier with the personal growth I underwent. Between the classes, the travel and the relationships I formed, my experience in India was nothing short of amazing and I can't wait to go back. I’d love to chat with anyone who wants to talk about the program, my experiences, or anything India related! hide
Namaste! I'm a junior at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and studied abroad at Manipal University in India during the fall of 2011. As a pre-med student I decided that what really interested me was the public health aspect of medicine. I had...read more
Namaste! I'm a junior at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and studied abroad at Manipal University in India during the fall of 2011. As a pre-med student I decided that what really interested me was the public health aspect of medicine. I had already decided that I really wanted to go to India to see first-hand what sort of public health issues the country struggles with and when I saw information for the program in Manipal, it was such a perfect fit. When people ask me "How was India?" I have a hard time summing it all up in just one sentence. I think going to India was one of the most eye-opening and important experiences of my life and I definitely hope to go back at least several more times. hide
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