How Long and When?
Those students who plan to study abroad for one year usually delay their applications to health professions graduate schools until at least the summer after they graduate. They begin the BC Committee Process in the Fall of their senior year, and apply in June — soon after graduation.
Many students choose to study abroad for one semester — usually (but not always) during their junior year.
Fall Semester Abroad
If you plan to apply to medical/dental school the summer after your junior year, study abroad during the fall is preferable, as this would allow you to take the MCAT or DAT and go through the traditional BC Committee process in the spring of your junior year. This plan may necessitate taking one of your core pre-health sciences in summer school. Please be sure to read our Summer School Guidelines.
On occasion, students may receive approval to study abroad in the fall of senior year.This may be most appropriate for students who plan to apply to health professions graduate school after their senior year at BC. If this fits your plans, discuss the possibility with the Office of International Programs, and be sure that you have your Dean's approval.
Spring Semester Abroad
Studying abroad during the spring of your junior year can be difficult, though not impossible, to plan. Students applying at the end of their junior year usually study for and take the MCATs/DATs in the spring of their junior year. During this time they also become heavily involved in the BC Committee Process.
If you plan to study abroad for pring semester and hope to apply at the end of your junior year, you should plan to complete all of your core pre-health sciences and the MCAT/DAT before you study abroad. This may necessitate taking one of your pre-health core science courses in summer school. Before you make the decision about a summer school course, please be sure to read our Summer School Guidelines.
Studying Abroad in the summer is a fine option for pre-health students who prefer to spend their traditional (Fall/Spring) academic semesters on campus.