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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.
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 (find login information 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
Although students in any major in the School of Life Sciences can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the School of Life Sciences recommends the following programs.