Biology and Pre-Med


The following is from the List of Recognized Programs and Providers.

Students are not restricted to the programs listed. Students wishing to participate on a program that does not appear on the List of Recognized Programs/Providers must petition for approval to participate on the program. Staff at the Buckman Center are able to explain the petition process.

School for Field Studies

With almost three decades of environmental work behind us, The School for Field Studies is known today as a leader in field-based international education. SFS alumni, now more than 13,000 strong, are making valuable contributions in a multitude of professions throughout the world. The mission of SFS is to deepen students′ understanding of the relationships among environmental sustainability, social justice, and economic development. Committed to community reciprocity and guided by the principles of sustainable development, SFS employs a dynamic academic and research model that:

  • Educates students about the complexity of local development and conservation issues through field-based teaching, scientific research and training;
  • Creates a rich mosaic of research questions centered on supporting functional ecosystems while balancing the needs of human communities;
  • Empowers local communities and decision makers to address their sustainable development challenges through applied research that informs local decision making; and
  • Contributes to the scientific community through the dissemination of research, including peer-reviewed publications and professional meetings.

DIS Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Medical Practice and Policy in Copenhagen

DIS is an academically intense study program primarily for US students located in Copenhagen.  Students choose from a number of semester, year, and summer programs in several fields of study.  The Biotechnology and Biomedicine Program is designed for students exploring career opportunities within biotech research and/or biotech business development.

The Medical Practice and Policy Program is designed for students with a serious, documented interest in medicine and the required science background.

Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole MA

The program is offered each fall by The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), located in Woods Hole, MA. SES is a 15-week program in environmental science offered to students enrolled in colleges participating in the MBL Consortium in Environmental Science. Students from non-affiliated colleges and universities may receive credit for the semester through Brown University.
Scientists at the Ecosystems Center serve as faculty for the program. In addition to teaching fundamentals of ecosystems science, they discuss their current research, which touches on important issues of global change.
The curriculum leads students to develop research questions of their own. Equipped with new knowledge and techniques learned in the first weeks of the semester, they pursue independent research during the last six weeks of the program. SES students report their findings at a final symposium that is open to the entire Woods Hole scientific community, a world center for marine and environmental sciences.

SEA Semester

Get a semester’s credit for this 12-week program, taking place half on shore and half at sea.  Students begin at Woods Hole, one of the world’s great centers for ocean research, studying the chemistry, biology, physics, and geology of the oceans and designing research projects for the at sea portion.  Students will learn how to take a vessel under sail safely to international ports.  Students participate in all of the duties the ship requires, as mariners have done for generations. Every day, students are given more responsibility as their maritime skills increase.

Organization for Tropical Field Studies (OTS) in Costa Rica or Africa through Duke

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a non-profit international consortium of over 60 universities and research institutes from throughout the United States, Latin America, South Africa and Australia, whose aim is to strengthen education, research and rational use of natural resources in the tropics. OTS offers both summer and semester programs in Costa Rica covering topics such as Tropic Medicine and Public Health, Field Tropical Biology, and Ethnobiology. A semester program in South Africa offers students the opportunity to study African Ecology and Conservation.

SIT in Madagascar, Tanzania, Botswana, Tanzania Zanzibar, Australia, Belize, Panama (fall, spring, and summer) Iceland (summer), Jordan (summer), Brazil, Ecuador, and Mekong Delta

SIT programs use a field-based approach to achieve genuine cultural immersion. Each program is organized around a theme and includes intensive language study, home stays, thematic and field seminars an independent study project. SIT offers over 80 semester and summer programs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. SIT offers programs in both Environmental Studies and Global Health.

University enrollment in James Cook University, U Adelaide in Australia, U Hobart in Tasmania, and U Durham and other UK universities through IFSA-Butler and Arcadia CEA

Both programs offer enrollment in universities abroad with the opportunity to take courses from many departments. The universities mentioned above provide especially exciting opportunities for biology students.

University of Aberdeen (exchange)

Rhodes offers a direct exchange with University of Aberdeen.
The University of Aberdeen is located in Aberdeen, Scotland on the edge of the North Sea. It is about 500 miles from London, or a little over one hour by plane. Aberdeen is known as the oil capital of Europe. Since the university was founded in 1495 and has over 9,000 students, Aberdeen is also known as a university town. The University of Aberdeen provides students with a wide array of courses to choose from, however the university is primarily known as a major science center with some thirty departments or specialist units offering undergraduate courses in scientific study. Accommodations are provided in single rooms in one of the residence halls. Students may study at Aberdeen for either a semester or academic year.

Environmental Science and Policy at Bard, Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary

Research areas for the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy include: management of ecological systems; state of environmental assessment; energy and environment; environmental policy and law in countries-in-transition; environmental management and audit; environmental information systems; climate change; waste management; transport and environment; environmental ethics; environmental philosophy.

Medicine and Health with CIEE Dominican Republic

The goals of the Community Public Health summer program are to provide students with an introduction to basic healthcare issues in a Hispanic Caribbean context and to increase their Spanish language ability to an advanced level. This is achieved through advanced Spanish conversation and grammar classes, coursework focusing on pre-professional healthcare issues, a community health practicum, and a homestay. In addition, there are excursions throughout the island, work in an urban community service project, and a one-week stay in a semi rural health clinic.

The University of Lund, Sweden

Lund University was founded in 1666. Today it is an international centre for research and education that has approximately 38 000 students. Lund University is respected as one of the best universities in Sweden. Exchange students may take courses in many departments, including the faculties of engineering, science, and medicine.

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Located in the heart of the Netherlands, Utrecht University is firmly founded on tradition. Utrecht University, which celebrates its 370th anniversary, has developed into one of Europe′s largest and most prominent institutes of research and education.

University of Leiden, The Netherlands

Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden who had withstood a long siege by the Spaniards. Leiden offers exchange courses in many areas, including environmental science, medicine and biomedical sciences and other areas of the faculty of science.

University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki takes part in ISEP Exchange placements.  Courses are taught in various departments, including the faculties of medicine, science, and biosciences.

University of Singapore

US is a leading English language University situated in the exciting city-state of Singapore. Meet students from around the world and take the time to travel through the fascinating countries of South East Asia. There is no better SEP location than NUS to combine a first-class education with an incredible adventure!

University enrollment in UK and other universities through direct enrollment or IFSA-Butler or Arcadia CEA.

See especially Bristol, UK (matches Rhodes courses in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Chemistry, Physics and Physiology), York, Sussex, and Dundee, UK CEA.  Both programs offer enrollment in universities abroad with the opportunity to take courses from many departments. The universities mentioned above provide especially exciting opportunities for biology students.