What About My Other Classes?

If you are considering the Global MedPrep Scholars Program you may be wondering:

  • What about my other classes?
  • When do I take Bio? Orgo? Physics? Biochem?

It's actually quite simple. By dividing the main prerequisite science courses (whether it's organic chemistry or physics) between the summers preceding and/or following your semester in China, you will complete all of your courses on time and in a stress-free manner that will allow you to enjoy your time abroad. The key is that any prerequisite science courses taken in the summer should be taken at an accredited four-year university in the United States. 

If Going to Fudan in the Fall Semester of your Sophomore Year

  • Take Bio 2970 at Washington University in the summer after the freshman year.
  • Go to China in the fall of your sophomore year.
  • Take an elective biology course in the spring of the sophomore year and organic chemistry in summer after the sophomore year.
  • Take physics and biochemistry in junior year.
  • Take MCAT in spring of junior year. 

If Going to Fudan in the Fall Semester of your Junior Year

  • Take either organic chemistry (or physics) in the sophomore year then physics (or organic chemistry) in the summer after the sophomore year.
  • Go to China in the fall of your junior year. 
  • Take one semester biochemistry course in spring of junior year. 
  • Take MCAT in spring of junior year. 

Note that with either of the above schedules students will be at home in the spring of their junior year to study for the MCAT. While students who opt for study abroad are more likely to take a gap year than the average student, the fall study abroad is the best option for students who do not wish to take a gap year.