I already know if it's possible or not to study abroad during your application year. I am applying this year, but I am just assuming I'm going to have to reapply next year. I at least have to make plans now for what I'm going to do next year. I'm not going to get stuck not studying abroad like I did this year because I thought interviews would not allow for it. You can definitely study abroad during your application year. My question is...how do you think med schools perceive it? Do they see it as you being unfocused? Are they thinking "if you really are trying to go into medicine, why aren't you spending this year in something medically related?" I've done plenty to prove I want to do medicine. I want to study abroad to further a foreign language interest because once medical school starts it will be impossible to do that. Is that a legit reason when they ask in interviews?