Summer Study in France for the Pre-Med Student

May 17 – June 21, 2020

This intensive summer program is designed for students interested in French language and cultural studies as well as pre-medical studies. The program aims at total immersion into life in France, while providing students with the opportunity to experience first-hand the French medical system. Going into its twenty-seventh season, France for the Pre-Med can accommodate students in a broad spectrum of health-related fields and special interests including traditional pre-meds, public health, global health, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, pyschology and nutrition. Aside from Washington University in St. Louis, participating universities have included Brandeis, Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, Hope College,  Johns Hopkins, Oberlin, California-Berkeley, MIT, Michigan-Ann Arbor, Virginia, Wisconsin and Yale. Students who meet course prerequisites (two full years of college-level French or the equivalent and enrollment in a French course during the semester prior to departure) can register for classes and live with a French Family in Nice, France near the Italian border. Geographically, historically and culturally, this dynamic city has much to offer the summer student. 

According to the World Health Organization’s official rankings, the French healthcare system ranked number one among the 191 member countries surveyed and Nice Medical School is ranked 5th in France.

Students are fully immersed into French life and have the opportunity to experience a variety of cultural activities. Organized trips to art museums and plays or films are a welcome break from routine studies. Students live and have meals with French families in or around Nice. On the weekends, they may choose to stay with their French family to experience a family event such as an evening out, a wedding or baptism, a sightseeing trip to the mountains or the beach, or travel on their own to other parts of France or Europe. Paris and Rome are popular destinations. Most students will plan a couple trips with fellow students having similar interests.  Weekends are also good opportunities to check out the active nightlife in Nice. Evening walks along the Promenade des Anglais, or early morning shopping at the marché in Old Nice are favorite activities.

One student said it best,

My summer in Nice gave me the international experience I always wanted but was unable to have because of the rigorous, structured Pre-med requirements at my university.