Pre-Med Study Abroad

A Guide To

Studying Pre-Med Abroad


163 Pre-Med 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...

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...

Study at the University of Roehampton

As a Roehampton student, you will be part of a friendly, modern, lively community, dedicated to providing the best possible opportunities for learning and research. Our students enjoy close contact with academics working at the cutting edge of their subjects and you will find yourself both challenged and supported in this next stage of your academic career. Our beautiful and historic campus ...

Academic Programs International (API)

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.

Study Abroad Programs with ISA

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.

Spanish Studies Program - Córdoba, Argentina

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 ...


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 ...

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...

Forum-Nexus Study Abroad

Curriculum Highlights: Multi-country summer program in Europe: Earn up to 7 credits in the summer while studying in 8 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 Europe...

Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI)

Experience meaningful cultural exchange while studying Pre-Med abroad with Knowledge Exchange Institute. Academic majors and minors are offered in all-inclusive programs that include internships and cultural immersion. Students can complete their general education requirements, take major-specific courses, gain practical experience in their field of study, and broaden their worldview through so...

Study Abroad in London, England with Panrimo!

Whether you grew up reading Harry Potter, dancing to the music of any number of British bands, or simply fell in love with the city while watching the Olympics, this is the program for you. Panrimo students enroll at the University of Westminster, established in 1838 and home to over 20,000 students from all over the world. There are close to a thousand courses offered through Panrimo’s London ...

Mente Argentina

Interested in starting or continuing long term studies at an University in Argentina? At the Mente Argentina Start Up Program, students will be able to do just that at some of the most well known universities in the country. Based on personalized areas of interest, Program Coordinators will assist students in deciding which program and university fits their needs. They will also help coordi...

DIS - Study Abroad

Studying abroad with DIS allows you to pursue a dream summer. Courses with field components and study tours are designed to maximize your time academically and culturally. DIS courses focus on burning issues of our time such as human trafficking, public health, urban development, climate change, emerging markets, and much more. Courses are taught in English by faculty who are experts in their f...

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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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