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 summer, 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 courses toward a major/minor;
- 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.
Courses required for the pre-health track generally cannot be taken while abroad.
Sample of Approved Programs with Pre-Health Coursework
- 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
Pre-Health 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. Pre-Health students who are contemplating studying abroad are urged to meet with Pre-Health Advising 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.