A study abroad program can be a valuable experience, providing firsthand knowledge of diverse healthcare practices and exposure to different health care beliefs. It can also afford the opportunity to become a well-balanced, versatile student. However, there are some specific details to consider before enrolling in a program.
- Does it meet the standards requirements for your home country? This is crucial if you wish the credits to count toward your overall degree program.
- How extensive is the school’s international student body? If it is quite small, the support structure for international students may be lacking, which can adversely affect your experience.
- Is the administrative affairs department structured for international students? From obtaining health insurance to paying tuition and class enrollment, this office is involved with many aspects of student life. A disorganized or unprepared staff can make the experience more challenging.
- Where do you plan to practice after graduating medical school? International medical students are in demand in some countries, while not in others.
- Learn about the post-grad residency programs to ensure you can make informed decisions about even before your program begins.
- How are your foreign language skills? If the program of choice is in a country where your native language is uncommon, the adjustment period can be challenging. While some schools may offer a medical program in English, the standards may be different. Even if the classes are taught in English, administrative resources and non-class information may be in the local language.
For students that are adaptable to new situations, a semester abroad can be fulfilling. A positive outlook and an open mind can help you achieve your goals and make the experience positive.