Study Abroad

Health professions schools are interested in individuals who are broadly educated. Experiences such as study abroad may be particularly useful if you immerse yourself in learning about the culture and people of the country in which you study. Studying abroad might also give you experience in areas of interest such as global health. Remember that it is fine to take science courses abroad, but you should not take the required courses for health professions schools. Those must be take at U.S. institutions.

If you wish to study abroad, there are many different ways to arrange your prehealth courses to allow you to do so. AdviseStream's Academics and Engagements Planner in the Prepare Module has interactive pathways with Study Abroad alternatives inserted into a range of plans. You could:

  • Study abroad in the summer
  • Study abroad in the fall or spring, and take some of your prehealth course work in the summer, at Duke or at home
  • Spread your prehealth course work over four years
  • Complete your prehealth requirements after you graduate from Duke
  • Participate in Duke Engage in an international setting, learning about different cultures in a service environment rather than in an academic one.

Some students might wish to spend an entire academic year abroad. In this case, applying to schools as you graduate from Duke and taking all four years to work in required course work will give you flexibility in meeting your requirements. You will want to schedule your standardized exam when you have time to study for it (not during a semester abroad).  

For information on Duke's study abroad programs, as well as Duke-approved programs, see the Global Education for Undergraduate website. If you are interested in global and civic opportunities, schedule a meeting with a Director of Academic Engagement.