cfleurat

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So I'm hoping to study abroad next semester (Spring of junior year) in Europe and I have a few options but I'm wondering if I were to do pre-medical coursework abroad with TASSEP, would that damage my chances of getting into different medical schools? I know that I'm already not going to be applying until senior year. I also could just take courses for my major, which is psychology, abroad. But if it won't hurt my chances of getting into med school I feel like taking pre-med coursework while I'm abroad would be a better option. Thanks!
 
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ac62994

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likely calculus II, biochem and possibly one other science course.
Would you really want to go abroad to study more science??? Why not enjoy the experience, learn about a culture, etc.? These would make you a stronger applicant. But if you really want to study science abroad make sure your credits/GPA transfer smoothly and understand that you'll be neglecting your other ECs for the time being.

This will neither make or break your application. Just have fun, gain some life experiences, and come back cultured.
 

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I highly recommend NOT taking science classes when you're abroad. Take classes that you couldn't take at your home university, like culture or dance classes.
 

cantankerous

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The grading scale abroad is different and may screw you over when the credits transfer back into the states.
There was this girl who studied in France; apparently 14/20 is considered an "A". She was given a C when the US school took her class credit.
 

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It really depends on how the courses will be transferred and listed on your home institution. AMCAS classifies these are 1) American College Overseas 2)Study Abroad, or 3) Independent. If the first, it shouldnt be an issue. For the last, it wont be acceptable. Its the second, Study Abroad that is very fuzzy and can be dangerous to assume that something will be accepted when its not. Read the foreign coursework section in AMCAS instructions (p49)

https://www.aamc.org/students/download/182162/data/amcas_instruction_manual.pdf
 
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