Off-Campus Study and Pre-professional Preparation
Off-campus study for a semester or a full academic year is possible, but may involve some trade-offs that must be considered in the context of your entire program of preparation for health professions school. Studying abroad required detailed planning in advance involving your entire academic program.
In particular, studying abroad may impact the timing of your application to health professions schools as many pre-requisite courses in the sciences are sequential and for two-semester courses, the first course is offered only in the fall with the second course offered only in the spring. In order to attend medical or dental school directly after graduating from Colby, applicants must complete all pre-requisite coursework as well as prepare and sit for the MCAT/DAT/etc. in the spring of the junior year. Most Colby applicants in the health professions, however, plan to take one or more years between Colby and graduate school so are able to use the senior year to complete additional courses, giving some flexibility in scheduling a semester (or even a year) of study away from Colby.
There are a number of health-related study abroad opportunities available. The most popular are DIS and IHP, but there are other choices. The Off-Campus Study Office can help students identify appropriate interesting programs.
Your Colby Health Professions Advisor is happy to talk with you about how you may fit study abroad into your course of study, whether it is your first semester at Colby (in Salamanca or Dijon), one semester in your junior year, or your entire junior year.