Pre-Health Semester in London

Request More InformationPrepare for your career in medicine and health-related sciences by taking essential courses toward your degree while abroad! A summer program with a concentrated focus in pre-health is also available.

  • An exceptional study abroad opportunity to prepare you for professional school in health-related fields such as public and global health studies, medicine and dentistry.

  • Explore multicultural dimensions of healthcare delivery, along with the history of medicine, comparative health systems and socialized medicine while also taking compulsory science courses and laboratory classes through Arcadia’s prestigious academic partner institution: Queen Mary University of London.

  • Optional American Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) preparation course available at Arcadia's London Center.

  • Become part of a community of scholars interested in the health sciences in one of Europe’s most dynamic, multi-cultural and historic capital cities.

This program addresses the 2015 changes to the MCATs and prepares you for the exam and for future health focused pursuits.


You will consider aspects of medicine, ethics and healthcare delivery in the development of the UK health system, with laboratory work and electives from a range of courses. An optional preparatory course for the MCAT is available, along with an opportunity to take the MCAT in London.

  • All students are required to take the Arcadia core course Medicine in the UK: Medieval Mysticism to Modern Socialized Medicine (4 credits).
  • In addition,
    • One elective from Arcadia’s London Now program (4 credits)
    • Two courses geared toward Junior and Senior level students to be taken at Queen Mary (4 credits each). Science and non-science courses available.
      *An extra course at Queen Mary may be taken for additional credit and an additional fee.

Example course options through Queen Mary may include:

  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Statistical Methods
  • Endocrine Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics
  • Human Molecular Biology
  • Basic Biochemistry
  • Health Psychology
  • Body Health, and Society
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Neurobiology
  • Biological and Medical Inorganic Chemistry
  • Essential Biochemistry for Human Life
  • Clinical Microbiology

Specific Co-curricular Learning Opportunities

A discipline specific Co-curricular Learning Certificate (CLC) is offered as part of the experiential education component to this program. These opportunities are defined by the Assistant Dean of Experiential Education. Suggested options include:

  • Working with The Royal Hospital Chelsea, considering the role of the National Health Service (NHS) and the ways in which various constituents, such as veterans, interact with a socialized health care system.

  • Observing immigrant communities as they navigate through the NHS and connect with clinics that serve immigrant populations.



  • 16 Credits


Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.


Application Deadline

  • Fall semester: April 20
  • Spring semester: October 15



Fall 2014

The program fee for Fall 2014 is estimated at $23,260.

Spring 2015

The program fee for Spring 2015 is yet to be determined.

Note: The program fee includes tuition, housing, program activities, student services and health and accident insurance. It does not include airfare, meals or personal expenses. For complete fee and policy information please see the fee section of the website.