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Contemporary India Internship or Research, Fergusson College, Pune - Summer
Dear Participants,
Thank you for choosing the University of California Education Abroad Program. We hope that you will have an amazing experience in Pune and will look back on it as a highlight of your UC education. For this program, UCEAP has partnered with The Alliance for Global Education. As a UCEAP student, the terms of your participation differ from students who are enrolled with Alliance independently or through another university. It is important for you to be aware of these differences and understand your unique responsibilities as a UCEAP student abroad.
The materials that have been provided to you by Alliance should be read carefully; for example, arrival dates and visa instructions should be followed, requirements on the Alliance pre-departure checklist should be completed, and the Alliance contact information should be written down and kept with your passport in case of an emergency.
Always keep in mind, however, that you are concurrently enrolled at UC while participating through the Alliance program in Pune. This means that, among other things, the grades you earn while in Pune will appear on your UC transcript as direct UC credit rather than transfer credit, and unlike other students you may meet in the program, you will pay your fees to UCEAP rather than directly to The Alliance for Global Education. You will also carry an additional insurance policy that is a part of your UCEAP participation. Finally, you will have additional resources and contacts through UCEAP with whom you need to communicate. The details of these separate and unique “UCEAP elements” of your participation are outlined in this short supplement. Please be familiar with them before departing for India.
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​Your first point of contact while abroad will be the Alliance staff, especially:
Amanda Zimmerman, Senior Program Manager
Office: +1 215-517-2518
(For more, refer to  the contact section of the The Alliance Contemporary India Student Handbook)
Academics & Your UC Registration
Administration: Alliance AND UCEAP
As a UCEAP student in the Contemporary India Internship Summer Program administered by The Alliance for Global Education, make sure you understand all of your academic resources, as well as your academic responsibilities. Always ask questions or look up the answers, rather than make assumptions. Remember that other students on the program will be bound to different home-university policies. Regardless of Alliance regulations or allowances, you MUST meet UCEAP requirements.
The most important thing to understand is that you will be concurrently enrolled in your courses both through The Alliance for Global Education, AND through UCEAP’s MyEAP Study List. Completing your MyEAP Study List is the only way for your UCEAP courses and grades to appear on your UC transcript. See “Credit and Registration” on the next page.
Read enough of these key guides now to know what sorts of information is in each, and know how to access them easily when you have questions later:
  • The UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad (the "UGSA"): The Academic chapter includes UCEAP academic regulations on unit requirements, taking less than the program requirements, MyEAP Study List registration process, changing courses, petitions, grades, and more. Remember, though, that neither UCEAP nor Alliance staff can answer questions about applying your course work abroad to major or degree requirements; always ask your UC departmental advisor.  
  • The Alliance Student Policy Handbook: Read, understand, and sign the Academics Contract, starting on page 5.
  • The Alliance Contemporary India Student Handbook: Read the Academic chapter on pages 14-15 carefully; you will be held accountable for this information, as well as UCEAP academic policies in the UGSA and in the Alliance Student Policy Handbook.
Who Should I Ask About...?
  • UCEAP academic regulations/MyEAP Study List: UCEAP (email Liz Giles or Andrea Nuernberger in the Systemwide Office, contact info above).
  • Alliance/Contemporary India course specifics and concerns: Alliance on-site advisor
  • Home UC college or department requirements: home department advisor and/or campus EAP advisor
You have the additional resources of UCEAP staff in case of difficulties. The Alliance on-site staff should be your first contact for most issues, but remember if you have significant academic, health, personal, or financial issues that may impact your academic performance, be sure to contact UCEAP staff to discuss options and consequences.
Credit and Registration


Because you will be receiving direct UC credit rather than transfer credit, you will effectively be enrolling both with The Alliance for Global Education AND with UCEAP. However, completing your MyEAP Study List is the only way for your UCEAP courses and grades to appear on your UC transcript. Timely completion of your Study List is also a requirement of the UCEAP Student Agreement you signed electronically.

Registering through The Alliance for Global Education:  Signing up for courses

  • Work with your Alliance on-site advisor to finalize your registration after arrival.
  • You’ll need to be flexible, since exact offerings and timetables for Fergusson College may not be available until after arrival.
  • Note that you may not change courses after the Alliance add/drop period ends.
  • Take your home UC departmental advisor’s name and email with you to contact regarding using any new course to satisfy particular department or college requirements.  Neither Alliance staff nor the UCEAP Systemwide Office can assist you with questions about fulfilling home department requirements.

Registering through UCEAP: Entering your courses into your MyEAP Registration Study List

  • Before departure, you’ll receive detailed instructions from the UCEAP Systemwide Office. It’s critical that you read and respond to all e-mails regarding the registration process.
  • Include the correct number of UC units in UC quarter units (even for semester campus students).
  • The Systemwide Office reviews courses (especially subject areas and division) and finalizes Study Lists. Check your final Study List carefully, as it determines how your courses will appear on your transcript.  
  • If you have concerns about meeting program requirements or other related questions, first consult the relevant sections of the Academic chapter of the UGSA, then contact the Systemwide Office if needed.
Financial Information
Understanding Your Finances
Your MyEAP Account & Budget
Handling Money Abroad
Diversity at UCEAP
UCEAP Insurance Plan
The UCEAP insurance plan covers you anywhere in the world, starting 14 days before the official start of the Pune program and ending 31 days after the official end of the program. There is no co-pay or deductible.  The UCEAP insurance plan also provides non-medical benefits, as follows: Emergency Hotel Convalescence, if medically necessary; Lost Baggage; Personal Property; Trip Cancellation Benefit (due to sickness or death to insured or family member); Trip Delay
Make sure you are not uninsured when you return to the U.S. and consider purchasing gap coverage if you will not have insurance beyond the 31 days UCEAP coverage.  Read more in the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Insurance chapter and the Participants page for India, Insurance Tab.
Alliance Insurance Plan

​Alliance provides all students with in-country medical insurance and medical evacuation coverage. If you have not already done so, please be sure to familiarize yourself with these materials and keep receipts for any medical expenses you incur. The Alliance's plan is offered through HTH Worldwide and underwritten by HM Life Insurance Company, Pittsburgh, PA. The plan is effective throughout the duration of the participant's program. There is no deductible per injury or illness, and the maximum medical expenses of the policy for accident or sickness is $500,000. Additional information about the HTH Worldwide plan will be emailed to students upon acceptance and enrollment in an Alliance program.

Personalized information and support for participants about health care and prescription medication is available through "Well Prepared" at . All Alliance students are expected to print an ID card and activate a "Well Prepared" profile.
HTH Worldwide also has a website which includes information for parents. Parents can go to and create a sign-in with their son's or daughter's e-mail address. Parent(s) have access to provider information and health and safety services. In order for a parent to have access to any personalized information on "Well Prepared," they must request access online from their son or daughter.




Staying Healthy
Local Medical Facilities
​The quality of medical care in India varies considerably. You will receive information from Alliance staff during the required onsite orientation.
Physical Health
Mental Health
Do not try to handle things alone. Report any distress to onsite Alliance staff.
Health Risks
Prescription Medications
Air Quality
A recent study ranked placed India’s air quality at 174 out of 178 countries. Delhi’s air is clearly among the world’s worst. The high pollution is partly to blame for the dense haze and smog -- in India euphemistically referred to as fog -- that engulfs New Delhi during the winter months. In December 2013 and January 2014, Delhi suffered what by some accounts was considered the worst smog in eight years. Poor visibility due to the smog led to over 600 domestic and international flight cancellations and/or delays. Other airports in the states of Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh were also affected, as was railway and road traffic.
India’s poor air quality is due not just to the high volume of cars on the road, but coal-fired power plants are a major contributor. India relies on coal for more than half of its electricity generation. Polluting industries, like brick-making, are often close to densely-populated areas. Burning organic refuse, charcoal, wood, animal dung, and agricultural waste is prevalent throughout rural and urban India.
To track the air quality in New Delhi, India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences website provides an online visualization (use the “Air Quality online” link) that reportedly takes air quality samples hourly from several locations around the city. While it uses a similar-coded color scheme as the U.S. EPA’s AQI, the categories are labeled differently: good, moderate, poor, very poor, and very unhealthy. Moreover, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee also offers real-time air quality data. Another resource is the Asia Air Pollution website, which provides AQI figures for Bangalore, Chennai, Lucknow, New Delhi, and Pune.
Everyone needs to take steps to protect themselves when pollution levels are “hazardous” and above.  Some people are at higher risk from PM2.5 exposure.  People most at risk from particle pollution exposure include those with heart or lung disease (including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD). Even if you are healthy, you may experience temporary symptoms such as irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; coughing; phlegm; chest tightness; and shortness of breath. These symptoms should go away when air quality improves.
  • Wear an N-95 FDA-respirator.
  • Get updated information about local air quality.
  • Plan activiaties when pollution levels are lower.
  • Avoid exercising near busy roads, during rush hour, or in industrial areas. On hot, sunny days when ozone levels are high, especially in the afternoons and early evenings, consider exercising indoors.
  • Change your activity level during higher levels of pollution.
  • Listen to your body.
  • Consult with a health care provider.
  • If you are in an at-risk group, don’t wait until pollution reaches the “hazardous” category to take action to reduce your exposure.
Staying Safe
Minimize Risk
Crime & Prevention
Civil Unrest
Traffic & Transportation Safety
Natural Disasters
Sexual Assault and Harassment
UCEAP Contingency Planning
Fire Safety
In An Emergency
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