Pre-Med Study Abroad

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A Guide to Studying Pre-Med Abroad

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147 Pre-Med Study Abroad Programs

CISabroad - giving you the best value in study abroad

CISabroad offers affordable, fully-supported study and intern programs on 6 continents, 19 countries, 80+ locations. Study in your major in Australia, England, France, Italy, Scotland, Spain; work in China, Ireland, Ecuador, New Zealand; immerse yourself in the culture of Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, the Czech Republic, South Africa, or Ghana.

IES Abroad (Institute for the Int'l Education of Students)

With more than  90 programs in 32 cities, IES Abroad is dedicated to broadening our global reach and continuing our commitment to offering students outstanding academic options coupled with every-day opportunities for cultural immersion.

Study at the University of Roehampton

Our beautiful and historic campus in south-west London provides a stimulating environment in which to pursue your studies, with great research resources on your doorstep. London is one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan cities in the world, with exceptional cultural and social facilities and world-class libraries and museums.

Study Abroad in Israel with Masa Israel Journey

There's no place like Israel. And what better way to spend a semester than experiencing the rich history of Jerusalem, soaking up some sun on the beaches of Tel Aviv, or immersed in the thriving tech scene of Haifa. Masa Israel Journey can help you find study abroad programs at top-notch Israeli universities, and we’ll also help you learn what funding opportunities are available to you. Mas...

Academic Programs International (API)

API is committed to providing the best comprehensive study abroad experience possible with personal attention available to our students throughout his or her program, and to working closely with home universities to offer support before, during and after the education abroad experience.

Global Learning Semesters

Our approach is built around focused themes that integrate academics and co-curricular activities and having a support platform that allows students to maximize their time learning about and experiencing the countries that they live in.

Study Abroad Programs with ISA

ISA programs in Reading and London offer great opportunities for students seeking an academic challenge in an English-speaking system. ISA's study abroad programs in England are held at the University of Reading, the University of Westminster, King's College London and London South Bank University, and are offered for a summer, trimester, semester and academic year in duration.

Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI)

KEI offers more courses in more academic majors and minors than any other study abroad provider. Courses in foreign languages, area studies and liberal arts are also offered. Check out the different academic and professional concentrations offered by KEI.

Forum-Nexus Study Abroad

Earn 6 credits this summer while studying in Greece. Choose a 4-week multi-country Forum-Nexus program which includes the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes plus 6 more amazing European cities: Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Geneva, Milan, and Chamonix. Students from the U.S. and 15 other countries travel together (with the professors) taking classes, visiting universities, companies and international o...

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 Cambridge Scholars' Programme, you would: - live and study in one of the bea...

SIT Study Abroad

A pioneer in experiential, field-based study abroad, SIT Study Abroad offers semester, summer, and post-baccalaureate programs in more than 40 countries in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, focused on critical global issues with opportunities for undergraduate research.

Panrimo

Panrimo offers customized programs giving students choices, both in services and price. Students now have the option of where to go abroad, in what to study, and still have the opportunity to select the “extras” they may need abroad. This is the Panrimo Difference!

Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University is the country‘s largest academic institution, boasting a diverse and dynamic student body. Its faculty is comprised of nationally and internationally renowned scholars and scientists, many of whom are leaders in their fields.

Mente Argentina - Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina, and particularly the City of Buenos Aires, is worldwide known for its high-quality universities and academic institutions. Due to the great offer of university courses and the favorable exchange rate since the Argentine devaluation, it is very common today to find a great number of foreign students attending universities in the City of Buenos Aires.

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Studying Pre-Med Abroad

Studying pre-med abroad is an excellent way for undergraduate students to not only experience another country, but to also develop their personal and academic education in preparation for medical school or a future career in healthcare. Preparing yourself for a future medical career through pre-med study abroad helps you step out of your comfort zone and learn essential problem solving skills that will be paramount as a medical professional.

Why Study Pre-Med Abroad

The differences in medicine and healthcare throughout the world provide a multitude of opportunities for pre-med students to explore practices from a completely different point of view. A basic check-up in the United States typically only includes the patient, whereas other parts of the world (such as Mexico, India, or Tanzania) may include a family. 

Adjusting to the specific needs of each patient is key in delivering quality care, and studying pre-med abroad provides you with cultural tools that a textbook cannot teach you. Study abroad programs often provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience through serving and learning in their international communities from healthcare professionals and local clinics.

Locations

Both study abroad institutions and universities offer pre-med study abroad options either for a summer, semester, or year abroad in a number of locations. Some of the best study abroad locations for pre-med students are listed below:

England is an excellent country for pre-med study abroad. Study abroad programs in London and Cambridge provide a challenging curriculum, and are currently some of the leading voices in medical research and biotechnology, providing invaluable experience to students wanting to focus on these two specialities.

Denmark places an emphasis on studying medicine through the lens of public health policy in programs in the city of Copenhagen specifically. This is an incredible chance to study the economics and practices of European healthcare systems, which differ greatly from those in the United States. As the United States continues to revamp its healthcare system, academic experience in Denmark will make you invaluable to medical schools and potential employers alike.

Chile offers students the option to gain practical knowledge of medicine and healthcare in a Spanish-speaking, immersive environment, with many programs based in Santiago. Aside from studying the historical, social, and cultural aspects of Chile’s health care, students are also given the unique opportunity to participate in clinical observation both in public and private clinics. This hands-on learning process will also afford you with a glimpse into Chilean culture and the chance to become a part of local communities through your work.

Courses & Programs

The pre-med track is extremely regimented and as such, students typically cannot take required prerequisite courses abroad, as medical schools will not accept these courses as valid credit transfers. For most study abroad programs, you will be required to have already completed your prerequisite courses and to have achieved a particular GPA.

While the pre-med academic track is very structured, it is easy for students to study abroad with the appropriate amount of planning. Most pre-med students study abroad throughout the summers or during their junior year, as senior year is crucial for medical school applications and interviews. Pre-med study abroad allows students to expand their worldview and discover new avenues for their academic goals, such as identifying their desired speciality and focus to strengthen their goals in medical school admissions essays.

Pre med courses abroad typically approach medicine from the point of view of the hosting country, which allows students to explore the role of health professionals in their day-to-day procedures. As the world becomes increasingly globalized, seeing how health and medicine are perceived under different conditions will make you a far more competitive medical school candidate.

Some pre med courses abroad are taught in conjunction with language immersion (such as medical Spanish) and clinical observations. Taking down patient information, charting patient history, and assisting with clinical cases are among some of the common duties you’ll partake in as a pre-med student in training. While you could study healthcare systems in your home university, experiencing them on-the-ground in a new historical, cultural, and political context is unparalleled.

Students normally enjoy smaller class sizes, and additionally have more hands-on time with top medical professionals in their study abroad destination. Courses in these programs typically follow American university course structure, with lectures, readings, and exams. Along with similarly structured classes, there is usually a shadowing portion within the course in local healthcare facilities.

Benefits

Studying pre-med abroad is an excellent opportunity for students to expand both their knowledge and their skills while learning from another country’s medicine and health care system. This experience not only provides students with a culturally immersive experience, but also builds a competitive and diverse resume for the competitive pool of medical school applications.

Studying and living abroad demonstrates to future employers and medical school admissions boards that students are capable of learning from other cultures’ scientific approaches to medicine while adapting to challenging situations. Medical schools are ever more searching for students with a combination of hard skills (science knowledge) and soft skills (working with people) to strengthen and diversify their student pool. Pre-med study abroad gives you the advantage of applying both in one context.

Most importantly, studying abroad places you outside of your comfort zone both personally and academically, making it a life-changing experience that can solidify the path you decide to take in medicine.

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