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Pre-Med Study Abroad

cpicc718cpicc718 3 replies4 threads New Member
Hello! I am a high school senior in NY who is planning on applying to med school later on. I would love to study abroad in college. I have heard that studying abroad is not easy though for pre-med students. That being said, are there any particular colleges that are good for pre-med and make studying abroad easier for pre-meds to do?
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  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom 10252 replies206 threads Senior Member
    edited October 8
    Consider doing a summer abroad instead of a semester or year abroad.

    You need to complete all of your pre-reqs at a US or Canadian college for med schools to accept them as fulfilling admission requirements.

    Going abroad means needing to schedule your pre-req classes around your study abroad. It can be done but will require very careful planning from Day 1 of college. At smaller colleges, for example, where the first class in a sequence is not offered every semester, a semester or year abroad may throw your course sequencing off and delay your MCAT prep and med school application by a full year. Or time abroad may mean you'll need to take summer classes to catch up.

    You will need to be in the US your senior if you plan to matriculate directly into med school from undergrad. The med school interview season lasts from August through March. Interviews often come with little advanced notice and often come with a limited selection of available interview dates. (And there are no interviews held over holiday breaks.)

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  • GoldenRockGoldenRock 1613 replies5 threads Senior Member
    edited October 8
    Even if a university offers the same course at study abroad using their own faculty in summer, it is too risky because A. Short semester B. Since you are abroad, you end of spending time in enjoying the new place at weekend. Do the summer term abroad but do some courses which are not hard core science courses like BioChem, OChem or Physics etc. That do it during a regular full semester in US.

    Students enjoy and plan for study abroad but for summer if you have pre-med interest.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 7623 replies61 threads Senior Member
    Many schools offer month or summer long study abroad opportunities.
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  • otispotisp 387 replies3 threads Member
    edited October 10
    Not unusual at one of my kids' schools. However..... Premed counseling there begins before registration during orientation week and students who are planning to do SA rough out a plan that assures they will be able to do all the things WOWM mentions, including volunteering and research (FWIW, the college does recommend that ALL premeds take at least one or two gap years so they weren't trying to also cram MCAT/apps into their 4 years). My kid actually went with 6 other premeds on a SA program that was designed to mesh with their major - and all 7 of them are now in med school. (Just to complicate things my kid was also an athlete who ended up playing overseas after the semester ended - wasn't easy but it was good fodder for med school interviews). So, it's definitely possible, but it does take some planning and a proactive pre-med advising office.
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