Global Consortium for International Family Studies


Nilanjan Bhor, TISS

The IFS program has enlightened my thought process in understanding the essential role that social theory plays in health. It was an amazing learning experience that I had throughout the coursework. It has given me an insight on the practice oriented application of family centered principles in developing action research & policies. This program has given an opportunity to think and deliver in the way you want and by doing this to understand fits in overall framework of your professional work that you are engaged in. I feel, there is a need for a strong cadre of family service professionals which will help families to resolve many such social issues that were unanswered. Thank you TISS. I love doing service to the society and thus it has given me an immense pleasure to choose a career path with family studies.

Suman, TISS

Though I have a good career in the field of documentation, I always wanted to do something more meaningful, such as working with children, women, or others in distress. And, this is how I joined this online s program of GCIFS through TISS, to make myself competent to work in the related fields. This is my first experience in a full-fledged online academic program, and I find it very unique. With faculty members and students from universities across the globe, it gives us a truly global, multi-cultural exposure. With online discussions boards, real-time chats, and, above all, an opportunity to learn from your peers around the globe, learning is fun and different; the coursework is interesting and informative too. Though the program does not offer much flexibility in terms of pace and schedule, and has been keeping me extremely busy ever since I joined, it has been a wonderful learning experience!

Ajayi Olutoyin Comfort

I chose the Masters in Family Studies because I am interested in helping migrant families especially in the area of Mental Health. In order to do this, one must understand family dynamics, policies and be equipped in the area of Family Studies. I am interested in migrant mental health, cultural awareness and participating in research programs that would be of benefit to the multicultural society of Australia

The desire and the willingness to learn about other cultures foreign to mine since a young age has prompted me to undertakethe Masters in Family Studies with a specialization in International Family Studies. With extensive travel to various countries and learning about different cultures, and having lived in4 different countriesmyself, the Masters in Family Studies continues to expose me to understanding different cultural backgroundsand how they affect human society.I have enjoyed learning with studentsand lecturers from a wide variety of culturalenjoyed learning with studentsand lecturers from a wide variety of culturaland academicbackgroundsfrom India, the USA and Australiain this program. The ease of access to the online courses has made it a pleasant experience. It allows for flexibility and working at one's own pace and at the same time meeting and working with students from all over the world who are also enrolled in the course.

Since I started the Masters in Family Studies, I have gained a wealth of knowledge, been able to link theory into practice and have had immense support from the staff, both academic and administrative, at the University of Newcastleand the Global Consortium for International Family Studies(GCIFS). They areallwilling to listen and ready to provide guidance to help you achieve the academic excellence that is sought after. This support, with all the pressures of our present day, has made it an enjoyable experience.

Karen Phillip

I chose to study in the GCIFS program for International Family Studies at Newcastle to broaden my academic knowledge in regards to the issues families face in all cultures. Ive found it to be of a high standard, providing flexibility for me as an external student. It has the added bonus of enabling me to work in collaboration with students and staff from other high standard Universities around the world.

I have loved undertaking the Masters of International Family Studies. Through the program, Ive strengthened my understanding of the complexities and similarities of families around the world.

I've been able to implement changes to my practice and to work in new and more collaborative way with families.

I've found the lecturers and support staff in the program to be accessible, friendly and willing to assist me with any enquiry. I greatly appreciate their guidance and advice. They are excellent educators of students and committed to consult with us to ensure we perform at our best.

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