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Study Abroad Guidelines

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The Pre-Health Committee at Boston College feels that study abroad can be a very positive and enriching experience for selected undergraduates. There are, however, several factors that should be taken into consideration before students make a final decision about whether or not to spend time abroad. The Pre-Health Committee strongly recommends that your cumulative averages (science and overall) be in the competitive range (e.g. 3.5--3.6 for medical school) before you study abroad. Other factors that students should consider include: 

  • How long should I study abroad, and when?
  • Types of study-abroad programs
  • Completing pre-health courses
  • When to apply to graduate school
  • Impact on application
  • Should I take the MCAT while abroad?
  • How does credit(s) transfer?
  • Studying abroad — what’s next?