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Professional health education is competitive. Less than 50% of students that apply to medical schools are admitted; the numbers vary for other health-related fields. Medical and professional school admissions increasingly focus on students with dedication to community service, so engaging in community activities and research abroad will help any student attempting a health career to create a diverse, accomplished portfolio.
Study abroad programs provide an opportunity for you to develop a valuable skill set that can give you an advantage over the competition by:
“I strongly believe that study abroad provides the opportunity and means to set yourself apart from the pack. I meet with hundreds and hundreds of students who are interested in the health professions. I think professional schools appreciate and are attracted to those students who are willing to get outside their everyday comfort zone. Study abroad provides exposure to different cultures, ways of thinking, and approaching scientific challenges…”
With advance planning, you should be able to fit study abroad within your four years at ASU. The Pre-Health Advising Office’s recommended timeline to consider medical-related, research and study abroad activities is as follows:
|Year||Term||Recommended Student Action|
Optimal year to study abroad
Optimal year to study abroad
|Fall - Spring||
|Year 4||Fall - Spring||
The ASU School of Life Sciences has generated a list of required and recommended courses for entry into medical school. There is no certainty of earning direct credit for these courses at a foreign institution so it is generally advised that students take these requirements at ASU. Typically, study abroad courses are best applied directly toward your upper division (300 or 400-level) major electives.
Peer Advisors are ASU students who have studied abroad on various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own! They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.
No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.
Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Study Abroad Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Skype.
Key questions to ask the Study Abroad Office
Studying abroad is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad.
You can find a link to your program’s Cost Sheet near the top of the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while abroad. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Study Abroad Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees, and personal expenses since these are not included in any Program Fee.
Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your study abroad program. You can receive funding for studying abroad through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:
We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to our study abroad program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:
Recommended Scholarships & Grants
Check out the Study Abroad Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-sourced funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask!
Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer bi-weekly in-person and online Financing Your Study Abroad Workshops. Join us in the MU on Monday afternoons or log in through Adobe Connect (register here) on Thursdays to learn how to finance your study abroad program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.
“Studying abroad was as much a cultural experience as an academic experience. I learned quite a lot about myself, about people, and about culture. An irreplaceable experience!”
- Ariana Henkel, Biological Sciences Major
“Traveling abroad not only helps to broaden one’s perspective, it also opens many doors of opportunity and windows of knowledge that will surely benefit you no matter what you study.”
- Hoang “Ti” Dang, Biological Science Graduate
|Name of Program||Country||Program Type||Available Terms||Key Courses||Unique Features|
|ASU: Tropical Field Biology in Panama||Panama||Faculty-Directed||Summer||BIO 494: Fundamentals of Tropical Biology; BIO 494: Tropical Research.||Conduct your own independent biological research project, through field work in a Panamanian tropical rainforest. This may be your only experience as an undergraduate taking your own idea and working it all the way through to an end product.|
|CIEE: Arts & Sciences at Dublin City University||Ireland||Partnership||Fall, Spring, Academic Year||Required/Elective coursework & research; internship opportunities available.||Explore the breadth and depth of Irish culture while enhancing your academic studies through integrated study at Dublin City University. Through a wide range of courses, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions, this program offers you an immersive and unforgettable international experience.|
|CIEE: Summer Community Public Health at Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra||Dominican Republic||Partnership||Summer||Elective coursework & clinical/community health service.||Gain fascinating insight into the state of healthcare in the Hispanic Caribbean. Combining classroom instruction with homestays and field work in both urban and semi-rural communities, you will explore the challenges confronting developing countries. Engage with local patients and medical staff through a health practicum and clinical rotation.|
|IFSA-Butler: University of Glasglow||United Kingdom||Partnership||Fall, Spring, Academic Year||Required/Elective coursework; functional Anatomy course geared towards students wishing to eventually enter medical school; research opportunities available.||Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is home to one of the oldest and most extensive libaries in Europe, is among the top 20 universities in the UK, and offers you a choice of courses from more than 120 departments across four colleges.|
|ISA: Medical Spanish & Healthcare in Costa Rica at Veritas University||Costa Rica||Partnership||Summer||Required/Elective coursework.||Take coures in health care, as well as Spanish for Health Professions courses at all levels. Consider adding an optional Service-Learning project to gain more experience while working in the local community.|
|Linnaeus University||Sweden||Exchange||Fall, Spring, Academic Year||Required/Elective coursework.||Linnaeus University offers high-quality academic programs in an attractive academic environment for ASU students. Like ASU, Linnaeus University is recognized for its commitment to enhancing the potential of its students, while playing a prominent role in the local community. Consider enrolling in a free introductory Swedish class!|
|Orebro University||Sweden||Exchange||Fall, Spring, Academic Year;||Required/Elective coursework & research.||One of the largest and fastest growing universities in Sweden, Orebro University offers more than 800 courses, including science, health care, medicine, and sport science. With 17,000 students and more than 80 different degree programs, you can find a variety courses taught in English that you will take with local Swedish students.|
|Université de Lausanne||Switzerland||Exchange||Spring, Academic Year||Required/Elective coursework & research.||Study in a stunningly beautiful setting, in the second-largest city on Lake Geneva. Although some limited courses may be offered in English, this program may be a better fit for students with French language proficiency. The University of Lausanne offers a monthly stipend to ASU students participating in the program!|
|Universités Grenoble Alps (UGA)||France||Exchange||Fall, Spring, Academic Year||Required/Elective coursework & research.||Study at one of Europe's oldest and more reputable academic institutions. Students are offered a wide range of research and study options in life sciences, physical sciences, and medicine. Please note that French language proficiency is required, given the limited number of courses available in English.|
|University of Birmingham||United Kingdom||Exchange||Fall, Spring, Academic Year||Required/Elective coursework & research.||Learn to become an inquiry-led learner, when you learn to question, investigate, solve problems, and overcome challenges at England's first civic university. The city of Birmingham has a young population - with 40% of the population under the age of 30, and more than 70,000 students - that offers a wonderful environment for ASU students to live and learn.|
|University of Heidelberg||Germany||Exchange||Spring, Academic Year||Required/Elective coursework & research.||Founded in 1386, Heidelberg University is the oldest university in Germany. Today, more than 30,000 students study at this full-scall, classical, research-oreinted university with a broad range of subjects and courses in science and medicine. German language proficiency is required.|
|University of Leeds||United Kingdom||Exchange||Spring, Academic Year||Required/Elective coursework & research.||Study among world-class researchers at a university that consistently ranks within the top 5 most applied to universities in the UK. With more than 30,000 students, the University of Leeds gives you a unique opportunity to learn alongside local and international students in all of your courses. And as the 3rd largest city in the UK, Leeds offers you a vibrant mix of culture, commerce, and syle.|
|University of Manchester||United Kingdom||Exchange||Fall, Spring, Academic Year||Required/Elective coursework & research.||Develop skills that are relevant to today's workplace in a career-oriented program at the largest single-site university in the United Kingdom. Admission to this exchange program is very competitive, due to its popularity among ASU students who like the variety of courses offered in multiple disciplines and the appeal of a large, bustling city in the heart of England.|
|University of Sussex||United Kingdom||Exchange||Fall, Spring, Academic Year||Required/Elective coursework & research.||Located about an hour from London, Brighton - and the University of Sussex - offer everything an ASU could need. With the top-rated American Studies program in the United Kingdom, and with students making up 10% of the city's population, you can be confident that you will have plenty of time to interact with local and international students.|
|ISA - EuroScholars: Research in Europe||Multi-Country||Partnership||Fall or Spring||Research credits for this program are approved by individual academic units. Contact your Internship/Research Coordinator for approval.||EuroScholars is a prestigious study abroad program designed for talented and highly-motivated undergraduate students looking to participate in international research. EuroScholars participants identify an on-going project and join a research team at one of the renowned research universities which make up the EuroScholars Consortium.|
|ASU: Human Dimensions of Sustainability and Health in Australia||Australia||Faculty-Directed||Summer||View Pre-Approved Courses||Spend four weeks traveling throughout Australia visiting Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Tyconnell, Port Douglas and more! Earn six credits while exploring how a wide range of approaches and perspectives (e.g., social science, biomedical, ecological, Western, local, and Indigenous) help us think more critically and comprehensively about some of the major challenges we face in our rapidly changing world.|
|GIE: Neuroscience at King’s College London: Interdisciplinary Studies of Sustainable Plasticity in the Brain||United Kingdom||Global Intensive Experience||Post-Spring||View Pre-Approved Courses||Spend 10 days studying at King’s College London, one of the premier research institutions in the UK for studies of the human brain. Learn about development and aging of the human brain, including the history of studies that go back over two centuries at academic institutions in London.|