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Information For Science Majors And Pre-Med Students
There are numerous opportunities for science students to study abroad. Students in disciplines such as Biology and Mathematics, which do not have a great degree of vertical structuring in their curricula, have the most opportunities for study abroad. However, even in the more sequentially organized disciplines, such as Chemistry, Geology, Psychology and Physics, foreign study is possible with advanced planning and consultation with advisors within the department. Regardless of your discipline, a valuable program of foreign study requires careful planning and discussion with your advisor well before you participate in the program.
Pre-medical and pre-dental students can also consider international study. While it is generally advisable not to take required pre-medical or pre-dental courses at a foreign university, it may be possible to do so after a thorough examination of the course in question, and a careful comparison of its content with that at a US university. There are many health related study abroad programs which offer an excellent opportunity to explore the health field and gain some valuable hands-on experience (review the Opportunities list by searching on “health” in the programs filter).
In some cases it may be possible for a science major to study abroad for a semester without studying science. This requires careful planning in consultation with your major advisor so that you do not have an unusually heavy course load upon your return.
Consult with Cate Talbot Ashton the Pre-Health Advisor in the Colby Career Center.
Planning For Senior Year
You should think about your plans for senior year as you begin planning when and for how long to go and where to study. Before leaving campus, you should also think about ways in which study abroad may enhance and/or interfere with some of your senior year or post-graduate plans. In fact, being able to integrate what you learned abroad into what you are doing on campus upon return can help mitigate the difficulties of reentry.
Career Development While Studying Off-Campus
While study abroad may seem like a break from your “real” life, it can be a valuable part of your career exploration and development. Whether or not you hope to work abroad in the future, being able to articulate your international competencies can be extremely valuable to a potential employer. We encourage you to work with your Career Center advisor to prepare for making the most of your upcoming experience.