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236 Medicine Study Abroad Programs

Atlantis Project Hospital Fellowships

The Atlantis Project is a competitive hospital shadowing program in Europe for pre-med and pre-health undergraduate students. Admitted students, called "Fellows," will be placed in a public European hospital and will follow and observe doctors in different specialties for 20+ hours/week. The program is for 1-10 weeks during winter, spring, or summer break periods. The Atlantis Project Fellows...


Study in one of the most livable cities in the world at one of the top universities in Australia, La Trobe. On Semester in Melbourne, you will get the best of all worlds: suburban living with an amazing city outside your door and exceptional academics with experiential learning opportunities. You will experience: * The cultural capital of Australia - Melbourne is the birthplace of Australian...

AIFS Study Abroad in Costa Rica: Semester or Year

Spend a semester or academic year in the lively capital of San Jose with AIFS. You'll earn up to 23 credits through a variety of courses studying at Veritas University. Courses are taught in English and Spanish and no previous Spanish language study is required. AIFS in San Jose offers unique academic opportunities: Spanish and Humanities Studies, Environmental Sciences or an Internship and ...

IES Abroad

Take advantage of the chance to live and learn in Sydney, one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world! Students can immerse themselves in the academic and student culture of Macquarie University, the University of New South Wales, or the University of Sydney. All offer an array of disciplines covering the spectrum from engineering to art history. Sydney will be your classroom....

Athena Study Abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland

Athena Study Abroad offers students the opportunity to study Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics courses in Scotland at the University of Aberdeen. The Old Aberdeen campus is the historic heart of the university and combines immaculately preserved buildings with modern facilities for learning, research, and recreation. The charming atmosphere is perfect for inspiring students whil...

Academic Programs International

Get ready to experience London in all its glory as a resident of the city! Studying in London is ideal for academically focused students who are eager to attend a prestigious university in an international city known for its business, fine arts, technology, and politics. This program will provide a great academic experience at an exceptional value. Students will be able to take intellectual...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)

Amman is a millennia-old Middle Eastern metropolis built on a series of hills and valleys. Steeped in history, Amman boasts many historical monuments, such as the Roman Amphitheater, Herculean Temple, and Umayyad Mosque. As the capital of Jordan, the city is a hub for culture, education, business, and tourism. Amman is one of the most diverse cities in the Middle East and offers a thriving arts...

University Studies Abroad Consortium

The Oslo program offers the opportunity to live in a city made for outdoor enthusiasts surrounded by fjords and forests, with numerous sports at your fingertips in every season while enrolled at the University of Oslo in a range of courses taught in English. You may stay for one semester or a full year and choose from courses in the areas of Scandinavian Studies, Social Sciences, Natural Scienc...

Integrated Studies Program - Seville

Integrated Spanish Studies semester abroad in Seville gives advanced Spanish-level students the unique opportunity to take classes alongside Spanish students at Universidad de Sevilla, while benefiting from the cultural guidance, language tools, and academic quality that defines Spanish Studies Abroad programming. The program integrates thoughtful synthesis of homestays/life in the residencia...


Maximo Nivel offers university programs year round including Fall Semester, Winter Session (J-term), Spring Semester, and Summer Session. University students can study part-time or full-time. University credit is awarded by California State University-Monterey Bay and/or our local university partners in each country. INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES - International Development - Business in L...

Enforex Spanish Schools - Salamanca (Spain)

Founded in 1989, Enforex is the largest organization in Spain & Latin America specialized in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Living in Salamanca is like being transported to another era: the entire city center is composed of golden, historic buildings dating as far back as the 13th century. Our Salamanca Spanish school blends right in, a former convent of sandstone right in the heart...

University of East Anglia - International Summer School

The University of East Anglia's International Summer School provides a unique experience to live and learn in the UK at a world leading university during a 4 week period in the summer. Our course gives students the opportunity to gain academic credit studying abroad in one of a range of exciting academic modules, all delivered by the University's leading academics and industry experts. Our f...

The University of Minnesota

Study international development in India, and experience the cradle of one of the most influential and oldest civilizations on earth. Program participants also get the chance to contribute through a research project or internship with a nonprofit organization. They get opportunities to examine the complexities created by issues related to social justice, environment, public health, and globaliz...

Cambridge Scholars' Programme

The Cambridge Scholars' Programme is a three-week long summer school founded by graduates of the University of Cambridge to provide ambitious high school students with a taste of a Cambridge education. Students develop their confidence, broaden their horizons, and become better prepared for college life. During the program, students will live and study in one of the beautiful colleges of the Un...

Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI)

Ecuador is your portal to South American life, food and culture! Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador and the country's commercial center, is an hour drive from tropical beaches, Amazon basin and Andes mountains. ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL CONCENTRATIONS - Business, Law & Diplomacy - Ecology & Environment - PreMedicine, Health & Nutrition - Spanish Language & Ecuadorian Culture SESSIO...

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Studying Medicine Abroad

Apply your medical skills in the real world and explore different health systems across the globe by studying medicine abroad. Medicine is a global career that allows you to make a positive impact on the world afterall. While you need to take your core classes in the classroom and laboratory, you could spend your summers in Africa volunteering on HIV/AIDS projects or conducting surgery in Mexico during your clinical rotations. From taking vitals to educating kids about the proper way to wash their hands, studying medicine abroad gives you the opportunity to apply your skills and begin to change the world one person at a time.

Why Study Medicine Abroad

Pursuing a career in medicine is a noble career choice, but one that requires years of studying and hard work. Medical school requires full-time studying with little flexibility to leave the country. However, in recent years medical schools have realized the benefits of medical students studying abroad and now many medical schools offer summer programs and clinical rotations for students looking for an enriching experience halfway across the globe.

Spending a summer or a clinical rotation studying medicine abroad in another country will give you a new perspective on healthcare systems across the world and help you develop your communication skills greatly. The world is an increasingly diverse place, so living in a different culture will help you in the future when you’re in the ER with a patient who comes from a different cultural background no doubt!


Choosing a location to study medicine abroad in doesn’t have to be hard, as there are study abroad programs all over the world. Since you’ll be in the country for an extended time, it’s important to pick a country or region that interests you and could help you grow as a future doctor. If you’re interested in becoming fluent in another language, consider study abroad programs that allow you to take language courses and practice the language in your daily life. If you’re interested in public health education, Africa and Latin America are home to many opportunities to study medicine abroad that will allow you to get involved in health education programs that can help save lives. Keep these types of things in mind as you begin to decide on a location for your study abroad experience.

Africa is a vast region of the planet that offers a wide range of opportunities to study medicine abroad where you can apply your newly acquired medical skills in the real world to make a difference in a person’s life. While Africa is riddled with hunger, infectious disease, HIV/AIDS, and numerous health disparities, it is a great place to really expose yourself to a new culture and make a real impact in the local neighborhood by utilizing your medical knowledge. Popular locations to complete a medical rotation in Africa include South Africa and Ghana.

South America offers many opportunities for medical students to experience the local healthcare system, whether urban or rural, and gain valuable language skills along the way. There are over 400 million native Spanish speakers in the world; as a doctor you will most likely have to treat someone who speaks Spanish in your career, so why not learn the language among natives? Argentina, specifically, is a hotbed for Spanish language schools, where many schools even provide classes focused on medical Spanish for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers to improve their vocabulary and aid in cultural competence.

Looking to gain experience in Western medicine, but experience a different healthcare system? You may want to study medicine in Europe. Many medical schools offer international rotations in Europe for fourth year medical students. While studying medicine in Europe, you’ll continue to gain valuable skills and knowledge in a wide variety of specialties, but you’ll also gain an inside understanding of how healthcare systems function in other countries. When you’re ready to shed the scrubs, you’ll be able to head outside the hospital to enjoy the delicious local dishes, diverse architecture, and centuries old history.

The medical field is found universally in some form or another throughout the world. People get sick and there has to be professionals to take care of them. While most of your learning will take place in the classroom or in a hospital, don’t forget to put your skills to the test in the real world. Spend a summer or a clinical rotation abroad and apply your skills, gain a better understanding of different cultures and their healthcare systems, and grow as a person and a future doctor.

Studying Medicine Abroad

Unfortunately, most medical students aren’t able to study abroad in the traditional sense by spending a full semester abroad. However, medical students can spend their summers abroad volunteering or partaking in one or two international clinical rotations to gain valuable hands-on experience and give back to the local community.

The summer before you start medical school and the summer between your first and second year of university is a great time to go abroad through service learning programs for credit. There are many service learning programs across the globe, with most concentrated in Africa and Latin America, for pre-med and medical students wishing to make a positive impact in the local community through public health educational programs, community clinics, and a chance to spend some quality time shadowing doctors and learning new skills.

Additionally, some medical and graduate schools offer summer courses focused on tropical medicine, infectious disease, public health research, and other global topics that might be of interest to you, especially if you’re considering volunteering or working abroad as a physician in the future. Over recent decades, medical schools have partnered with international universities and hospitals to provide international clinical rotations for third and fourth year medical schools. As the world continues to become globalized and many western countries become increasingly culturally diverse, it is important that doctors gain experience treating patients of different cultures. International clinical rotations may entail anything from surgery to emergency medical to pediatrics. Often times these clinical rotations are offered in developing countries where the local people do not have access to the critical medical care they need so your skills and knowledge have a huge impact on the communities.   

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Benefits & Challenges

Spending a summer studying medicine abroad through a program at a hospital in Africa or doing your clinical surgery rotation in Germany is an enriching experience that will only make you a better doctor, and person. The medical profession is a noble career choice for those looking to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

While many people believe that medicine is all about saving lives and curing rare diseases, medicine is truly about connecting with people. For this reason, studying medicine abroad has many secondary benefits. For one, studying medicine abroad will make you a more competitive applicant when it comes time to apply for residencies and jobs in the field.

If you decide to study medicine abroad, you should also be prepared for some challenges though. You’ll most likely face a language barrier which makes communicating complex medical information stressful and difficult, but this will only propel your learning forward by motivating you to learn a second language.

While you can’t study medicine abroad during medical school, you can spend your summers, and possibly some of your clinical rotations, abroad exploring the world. A career in medicine can easily be spent abroad, so why not go abroad early on in your medical education?

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