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Next Stop: Istanbul

The Alliance is headed to the magical city of Istanbul! Split by the Bosporus Strait, Istanbul spans both Europe and Asia and is teeming with movement. An old city with a young population, this thriving urban center is the perfect setting for our newest program: The Urban Research Lab.

Read more here: http://blog.allianceglobaled.org/blog/alliance-staff/next-stop-istanbul

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State Department Security Message regarding Kunming, Yunnan Province

On Friday, February 13, 2015, the Alliance received a message from the United States Embassy regarding media reports alleging that terrorists may be planning to launch an attack in Kunming, Yunnan Province over the Lunar New Year period.  The Embassy has not been able to verify the accuracy of this report, but advises U.S. Citizens and foreigners to exercise caution when traveling.

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H1N1 in India

Update: 

A summary of the current status of the swine flu virus in India can be found here: 

http://www.ibtimes.com/how-grave-swine-flu-outbreak-india-what-being-done-about-it-1820008

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Student Blogger of the Month

Phyllis Goode of Austin College is our Outstanding Blogger of the Month! Her fun, focused, and highly reflective posts make for a great read for everyone interested in an American student's experience studying abroad in Shanghai!

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Alliance Digital Stories

Alliance Alumni Ambassadors are wrapping up a busy semester! New to the program this year is Digital Storytelling. Digitial Storytelling is a unique form of digital media that gives everyday people the opportunity to share a part of their life story. Alumni have used this method to explore their engagement within their host communities and communicate the value of study abroad to others. Check out some of their reflective and creative stories from abroad by visiting our YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/allianceforglobaled

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Student Blogger of the Month

Our Outstanding Blogger of the Month is Varanasi student Lara Neher of McPherson College! Lara is a great writer and uses her blog as a way to reflect on her experiences and relate what she is learning in the classroom to everyday life. Check out her recent posts to learn more about her field-based curriculum and life with a host family.

"The festivals of India are fascinating. I have yet to figure out Hinduism and all that comes with the religion but all the festivals are performed with such beauty you can’t help but want to learn as much as you can..."

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Ebola Screening for India

The Alliance is closely monitoring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa for any potential impact on our programs in China and India.  While the CDC and WHO have determined that the current risk for contagion outside of West Africa is minimal and we see no reason to modify program operations or preparations at this time, it is possible that our Spring 2015 India students may be subjected to additional screening for the Ebola virus upon entering India.

http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/10/21/health-ebola-india-idINKCN0IA20...

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Protests in Hong Kong

Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have been making headlines for the past month, and with our International Business and Rollins programs slated to depart on a field study trip to Hong Kong next week, we wanted to provide an update on our travel plans in view of the situation there.

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Student Blogger of the Month

Our Outstanding Student of the Month is Hailey Elder of Colgate University! Get to know Hailey and gain significant insight into her life on the Alliance's 21st Century City program in Shanghai.

"Apparently, it is tradition in China for young men to gift their girlfriends with every flavor of Japanese-gone-global sweet snack Pocky on her birthday. My two lovely roommates decided to take on the role of boyfriend for my recent twentieth birthday, presenting me with 28 boxes of different flavored Pocky and its associated snacks, Pejoy and Pretz..."

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