Studying abroad during your time at Brandeis University can be very rewarding both academically and personally. An overseas experience can complement and enhance both your general program of studies and your premedical interests. Many pre-professional and science majors, with careful planning, manage to fit in a semester or a year of study abroad during their four years at Brandeis University. Summer study abroad programs also offer a great way to gain cross-cultural skills, participate in a health related internship program, and improve one's foreign language abilities.
Many students with specific pre-professional interests can, with careful planning, arrange for a semester or a year of study abroad during their four years at Brandeis University. There are several options to consider when thinking about study abroad in premedical studies. They include:
- taking premedical courses abroad
- doing fieldwork and internships in a health-related field,
- or taking general electives toward your Brandeis University degree
For students who wish to explore topics beyond their premedical interests, all programs on the current Approved List (that is, study abroad programs approved for academic credit at Brandeis University) will provide a rewarding overseas experience.
When choosing to pursue your pre-medical course work abroad, students should be careful about which classes they choose to do overseas. Physics is the most common and most acceptable course to do abroad. Other course work is year long and unless you study abroad for the full year, can be complicated to schedule.
Most British and Australian universities offer excellent coursework in the sciences.
Sample of Approved Programs with Pre-Health Coursework
- Tel Aviv University - Tel Aviv, Israel
- DIS/ Medical Practice & Policy - Copenhagen, Denmark
- SIT/ Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment - Arica, Chile
- Boston University/ Sydney Internship Program - Sydney, Australia
Visit the Brandeis Approved Programs List to review a comprehensive list of programs. Click on "Advanced Search" to filter options or search by major or by unique program traits like internships or research. Additional programs might have acceptable coursework, but this list shows the primary locations where pre-health courses may be available.
Pre-Health Study Abroad Liaison
Premedical Students who wish to study abroad should begin planning early, and may need to arrange their time away from Brandeis University around the application process to medical school. Several tracks are possible depending upon how flexible you are. Premedical students who are contemplating studying abroad are urged to meet with the Pre-Health Dean to discuss their options in more detail. You can also receive individual counseling on all of your study abroad options by setting up an appointment with a study abroad staff member in the Office of Study Abroad.
To assist students with their academic choices abroad and to help answer any questions about receiving major/minor credit while abroad, each academic department and program has assigned a faculty member to serve as the study abroad liaison. Physics majors who plan to study abroad should speak with the study abroad liaison before they go abroad, and again once they have returned from study abroad.
Receiving Credit in Pre-Health
Students wishing to receive Physics credit for work done off campus during the academic year should discuss their desired coursework with their study abroad liaison. After returning from abroad, and complete the electronic Petition to Request Substitution for a Requirement form.