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Premedical Program Study Abroad Advising Sheet

AU Abroad, in consultation with the AU Premedical Program, offers a selection of programs suited for students who are planning a career in medicine or one of the allied health professions.  These programs are recommended on the basis of their academic quality and their relevance to students in the premedical field.
  • The Premedical Program recommends that students study abroad during their junior or senior year or during the summer.  
  • Students should study abroad for no more than ONE semester.  
  • If you are interested in study abroad, please let the premed programs coordinator know as soon as possible so you can set up a schedule of classes that completes all the premedical requirements and includes your study abroad experience.  
  • The core requirements for medical, dental, veterinary and pharmacy schools should NOT be taken abroad.  Instead premedical students can take health courses abroad, upper level biology, chemistry, and physics courses, as well as courses related to public and global health.  
  • Student may also find more courses available to them abroad in their primary major.  Please also see the major advising sheets for these subjects when considering your study abroad location.  
Below is just a selection of highlighted study abroad options.  Options are listed in three categories: AU Abroad Center Programs, Medical/bioscience programs, and public/global health programs.

NOTE--The list below contains recommended options only.  Students are not limited to just these programs! For a comprehensive listing of options, complete university descriptions, and course listings, please visit AU Abroad brochure webpages.  

Programs at a Premier AU Abroad Center

Kenya

  • Environment and Human Health (Spring): This program focuses on issues to do with the environment and its impact on human health and development. 
  • Public Health (Fall): Students study Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Kiswahili language, and participate in a community health project in Nairobi, Kenya.

Programs at an AU Abroad Partner Institutions

Medicine/Bioscience

Australia

  • University of Melbourne: Courses are offered in a variety of topics including animal science, neuroscience, and anatomy.

China

Denmark

England

  • King's College London: KCL is the largest center for education of doctors, dentists, and healthcare professionals in Europe.  Students take courses at the School of Biomedical & Health Sciences.  King's also has a special Health and Society Program specifically for Pre-Medical students.  
  • University College London: Study Abroad students take courses in the biomedical sciences including anatomy, zoology and neurobiology
  • University of Exeter: Courses are offered in a wide range of topics such as animal biology, zoology, human bioscience, and medicinal chemistry

Ireland

  • University College Dublin: Students can take a diverse array of options in medicinal chemistry, genetics, zoology, physiology, biology, biomolecular science, and neuroscience among many others.  You can also take a unique research class and become an active member of a research group in areas ranging from Physics and Computer Science to Chemistry, Biology and the Biomedical Sciences. See a complete range of science subject areas available at UCD here.  

Scotland

  • University of Glasgow: Courses are offered in a special anatomy course specifically geared toward pre-medical/pre-health students. See the Glasgow page for further information.

Wales

  • Wales: Aberystwyth University: Study at AU's newest and exciting partner university! In Aber, students can take classes with Welsh students in an affordable, relaxed, and student geared town.  They have a particularly interesting "Institute of Biological, Environmental, and Rural Sciences (IBERS) which conducts research in response to global challenges such as food security, bioenergy and sustainability, and the impacts of climate change. IBERS' scientists conduct research on genes and molecules, whole organisms and the environment.

Global/Public Health

Denmark

  • Copenhagen (DIS): Courses are offered in a range of topics such as HIV/AIDSs in Africa, epidemiology, and pregnancy, birth, and infancy.  Courses in the medicine/bioscience area are also available.

England

  • London Health Practice & Policy Program (IES): Your course load includes one health studies course taught by IES Abroad in London, a lecture series and dedicated seminar taught at the Institute of Human Sciences at the University of Oxford, one elective course from the Study London Program, and an intensive service learning and practicum in London and Kingston, Jamaica (last two weeks of program) at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona.

India

Sweden

  • University of Gothenburg: Students can take courses that focus on epidemiology, gender and health, and health economics.