Pre-Med Study Abroad

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Studying Pre-Med Abroad


177 Pre-Med Study Abroad Programs


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Shadow doctors 20+ hours/week in Hungary through the Atlantis Fellowship. 1-8 week Fellowships during winter, spring, or summer breaks.


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Take part in a comprehensive study abroad experience with API. The organization provides personal attention to students throughout the duration of the program and works closely with home universities in offering support before, during, and after the program.


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Experience a new culture while studying Pre-Med courses abroad with ISA. The organization offers challenging, high-quality, and affordable academic programs in various universities around the world. Students can enroll in courses for a full academic year, trimester, semester, or summer.


The Spanish Studies Program in Córdoba, Argentina is a great way to experience life at an Argentine university while immersing yourself in the local culture. This program is designed for the advanced student that has completed two semesters of intermediate college Spanish. Students will attend classes with other international students at the Universidad Nacional de Coordoba (UNC) through their ...


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Get involved, make an impact, and learn to serve! University credit is available for our local service learning programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. Service Learning Project Areas: - Working with Kids - Teaching English - Conservation - Construction - Animal Care - Eco-Agriculture - Indigenous Immersion - Medical & Healthcare University credit is awarded ...


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Curriculum Highlights: Multi-country summer program in Europe: Earn up to 8 credits in the summer while studying in 9 amazing European cities. Students from the U.S. and other countries travel together (with the professors) taking classes, visiting universities, companies and international organizations. Open to all majors. U.S.-accredited university. Acquire a solid understanding of European...


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UNE's campus in Tangier, Morocco offers a variety of English-language courses in the sciences, humanities, business and the arts, as well as language study in Arabic. Because we provide the lab science courses needed to complete a variety of undergraduate programs in the health sciences, you can gain global experience without experiencing any delay in your curriculum. Our campus features mod...


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The study abroad program at Queen Mary University of London is fully integrated, so international students will be living and studying alongside students from the United Kingdom and the many other countries from which the college attracts students, providing for a genuinely international academic and social experience. Queen Mary is based at the Mile End campus, a unique urban campus in London'...


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Study abroad for a semester or an academic year in Argentina through Mente Argentina's flexible, exciting Academic Semester and Academic Year Programs. Study in an Argentine university and obtain academic credit at their home university. Mente Argentina has made agreements with the most prestigious universities in Argentina. We offer individualized pre-departure consulting for each student t...


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In a little more than 50 years, the University has grown to become Australia's largest and among its most successful and progressive. Youthful and ambitious, Monash is a member of the Group of Eight with strengths in life sciences, medicine, allied health, humanities and teaching , engineering and technology. Why Choose Monash? - Global recognition: Our degrees and semester studies are...


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This study abroad program is perfect for a student, with at minimum intermediate level Spanish skills, who wants an authentic study abroad experience. Away from the crowds of American students who study abroad in more popular destinations like Barcelona or Madrid, you will find yourself fully immersed in the language and culture. You will take classes at an accredited Spanish university and tak...


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Sage Corps’ semester study abroad program is your chance to not only learn in a foreign classroom setting but also gain incredible professional experience building a company. While abroad, you'll also establish a global professional network. Your semester abroad will be an amazing cultural experience and may be the ticket to your dream job. For most students, semester abroad is their only oppor...


Immerse yourself in a truly Israeli experience! The Overseas Student Program (OSP) of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) offers students the opportunity to enroll in semester, year, or short-term programs. Students take courses taught in English in a variety of academic disciplines, including optional certificate programs in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Global Health, Israel Studies, an...

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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.


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.


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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