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France for the Pre-Med in 2014

If you are a pre-med or pre-healthcare student and want to study abroad, immerse yourself in another culture, and pursue your love of French, France for the pre-med is a wonderful program.  Organized by the French department at Washington University in Saint-Louis, its participating universities have included Brandeis, Binghamton, Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, Hope College,  Johns Hopkins, Oberlin, California-Berkeley, MIT, Michigan-Ann Arbor, Virginia, Wisconsin and Yale.  This unique month-long study-abroad experience is geared specifically towards pre-med students like you. Each summer, Hope sends several students to Nice for an unforgettable experience.

Sarah Bettag, who was accepted into the competitive program for May-June ’14, states that “Medicine and French are two interests of mine, so diverse that I always thought I would eventually have to choose between them. But, the Pre-Med Program in Nice has made it possible for me to simultaneously explore both of the subjects I love.”

What can you expect? To spend a month in beautiful Nice, in southern France near Italy. To become immersed in the culture by living with a host family. And to experience the French medical system as an active participant.

The French healthcare system has been ranked number 1 out of 191 countries surveyed by the World Health Organization. Besides taking a required course on physicians, patients, and illness in contemporary France, you will choose an elective course and improve your French by completing an internship in a major local hospital (Lenval Children's Hospital, L'Archet, Saint Roch, or Pasteur), a veterinary clinic, a nursing school, a bio-analysis laboratory or a large pharmacy, based on your specific interests.

According to Jacob Boersma, another Hope participant who was accepted this year as well, this program will offer “…the best of both worlds by integrating both my interest in medicine as well as my appreciation for the French culture and language.”

Applications for the 2014 summer program were already due, but for more information about the program, follow the links on the French Department website from “Study Abroad” to “Special Programs in French.”

Bon voyage!