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Study Abroad

If you are contemplating a semester abroad in your sophomore or junior year, you should plan carefully for it, and be sure to consult with your faculty advisor. Premedical science requirements may not be taken abroad.

A. Semester Abroad in Junior Year

Schedule D above easily allows you to spend the fall of your junior year abroad. Chemistry and Biochemistry majors should note that Chem 43 and 44 are required for the major and are ordinarily taken during the fall of the junior year. Chemistry and biochemistry majors should consult with the chemistry and biochemistry department early on to map out their coursework if they hope to study abroad. The MCAT can be taken either in the summer after the sophomore year or in the spring of the junior year. Schedule C above also allows you to take the fall semester of the junior year abroad, if physics is taken during the summer between the sophomore and junior years.

B. Semester Abroad in Sophomore Year

Two possible schedules for studying abroad in the spring semester of the sophomore year are listed below. Other plans are just as feasible, especially if you do not plan to attend medical school right after graduation from Swarthmore.

Schedule F
Year Fall Spring
Freshman Year Bio 1
Math 15
Chem 10
Bio 2
Chem 22
Sophomore Year Chem 32
Stat 11
Soc/Anth
Study Abroad
(Physics I and II with lab at summer school)
Junior Year Psych 1 Chem 38
MCAT
Schedule G
Year Fall Spring
Freshman Year Math 15
Chem 10
Bio 2
Chem 22
Psych 1
Sophomore Year Bio 1
Chem 32
Study Abroad
(Physics I and II with lab at summer school)
Junior Year Stat 11
Soc/Anth
Chem 38
MCAT

If you are not planning to attend medical school right after graduation, this gives you the flexibility to complete the premedical requirements in the senior year and take the MCAT in the spring of your senior year, making it easier to fit in study abroad.