Is this Program Right for You?
Located in the heart of the coastal belt of Karnataka, just north of Kerala and not far from the city of Mangalore and the historic town of Udupi, Manipal University is one of India's top private universities located in the beautiful, tropical area of southwest India along the coast of the Arabian Sea. Manipal has a large, active campus situated in a small, college-town environment. Surrounding the University are rural farmlands and villages, along with beautiful hills and waterways.
The Global and Public Health Program at Manipal University
, administered by IFSA, aims to provide students with a unique exposure to India. The main focus of the program are in the areas of Public Health and Development, and Indian Studies. The program introduces students to the pressing public health issues facing India and the developing world today, with course options addressing rural public health, global health, national health policy, and Ayurveda. These courses include field-based practicum components alongside other Manipal students, with regular visits to the university's rural health clinics and main hospital.
In addition to courses on public health, the program also focuses on Indian Studies, including a specially-designed Contemporary Indian Society course exclusively for Alliance program students, and other electives within the university's Study Abroad Program (SAP). Students primarily interested in Indian Studies can also opt out of the public health courses and participate fully in Indian Studies, or students can combine courses as they desire from the academic areas.
The program at Manipal provides American students with a true Indian campus experience and the unique opportunity to conduct coursework with a hands-on practicum component alongside Indian peers.
Students on the Study Abroad Program are integrated into the Manipal University campus community. Students are able to take courses especially designed for the program in the areas of:
* Public Health
* Indian Studies (including politics, culture, media, international relations)
Please see the IFSA Manipal program website
for detailed information on the courses offered. Students on the program at Manipal take the following required Core 3-credit course:
Contemporary Indian Society - required course
This required core course provides a general overview of Indian society and a shared intellectual context that promotes the integration of coursework with students' personal observations. The course presents a political, historical, religious, and social survey of contemporary India and includes a number of field visits to locations relevant to the course curriculum.
The Public Health program at Manipal offers a total of 15 credit hours per semester. Possible course options include:
* Contemporary Indian Society (required – 3 credits)
* Three Public Health and/or Ayurveda courses (3 credits each – total of 9 credits)
* One elective from among the general Indian Studies study abroad course offerings (3 credits each)
Public Health and Ayurveda
Students choose three direct-enroll courses from the Department of Public Health and/or Department of Ayurveda, for a total of 9 credits. Regular course offerings include:
* MPH101 Basic Epidemiology
* MPH104 Environment & Occupational Health
* MPH203 Surveillance of Infectious Diseases
* MPH205 Public Health System and National Health Policies, Systems and Programs
* Maternal & Child Health
* Epidemiology in Developing Countries
* Global Health Problems
* Ayurveda and Indian Traditions of Healing
Students interested in Indian Studies can take a variety of courses offered directly in Manipal's Study Abroad Program (SAP).
The SAP curriculum offers a total of 15 credit hours per semester. Possible course options include:
* Contemporary Indian Society (required – 3 credits)
* Four electives from among the general Indian Studies SAP offerings (3 credits each– total of 12 credits)
o SAP001 Indian Intellectual Traditions
o SAP002 Indian Media
o SAP003 Regional Security in South Asia
o SAP004 Strategy and Practice of Indian Foreign Policy
o SAP005 Cinema in India
o SAP006 Environment and Development Communication
o SAP007 Contemporary Indian Politics
All courses are subject to availability and require a minimum student enrollment to be offered.
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Life in Manipal
The IFSA 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. The university has over 18,000 graduate and undergraduate students, including 3,500 students from countries in the Middle East, Europe, Australia and other parts of Asia.
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. Manipal has a large, thriving campus community. The University attracts students, faculty and staff from all parts of India, as well as overseas, and the majority of students and faculty all live on campus. As such, there are numerous activities, lectures, clubs, events, etc. going on on campus which students can take part in. There will be numerous opportunities to interact with the local India students on campus and study abroad students are assigned an Indian student "mentor".
In addition to sessions on health and safety, academics, and cultural adjustment conducted during orientation at the beginning of the program, students are also introduced to basic Kannada, rural Indian village life, folk religion, and tribal issues.
Field excursions are built into the curriculum throughout the semester and are required activities for all Alliance students.
The core required course, Contemporary Indian Society includes a number of field visits to locations relevant to the course curriculum. In addition, two long weekends will be set aside for trips outside of the area. Possible excursions include:
* Cashew Factories, Tea and Coffee Plantations, Fishing Port
* Belur and Halebidu – 12th century capital of the Hoysalas
* Shravanabelagola – important Jain pilgrimage center
* Jog Falls – largest waterfall in South Asia (fall semester only)
* Long weekend to Mysore and Bangalore
* Long weekend to Kerala
Note: Public Health and Ayurveda courses include a practicum component that involves regular visits to rural health clinics and treatment centers with Manipal students as part of the course requirement.
Housing and Meals
IFSA 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.
Students at Manipal will be housed in either single or double air-conditioned rooms in student dormitories on campus. All students have the option of living with an Indian student roommate
All meals are included and provided in the campus canteens. Additional multi-cuisine restaurants in the university food courts and off-campus are readily available at the student's expense.
The Alliance program at Manipal University is available for Fall semester and Spring semester .
* Fall Semester: mid-August - mid-December
* Spring Semester: mid-January - mid-May