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Go Global

International experiences for prehealth students

NYU Abu Dhabi campus with palm trees

Alternative Breaks

Health professional schools expect that students will have community engagement prior to matriculation. While they expect community service to be done in the United States, participation in a global experience will both enhance your experience and your application.


Tandon Alternative Breaks

The Tandon Prehealth Committee organizes an annual alternative break for prehealth students to participate in service learning and community engagement activities abroad. This will allow for students to get to work and intern in healthcare centers and clinics, assist staff in day-to-day work under professional guidance, work closely with social workers, and counselors, work with healthcare/premedical students/professionals from across the globe and much more!

Summer 2024 in Sri Lanka!

Dates: August 10-23, 2024
Costs: ~$3000 Total
~$1500 Flight (depending upon where you're flying from; paid on your own)
$1420 Program Fee ($229 deposit due in January 2024 and final balance due May 2024) - inclusive of the following:

  • All projects and activities
  • Accommodation in shared rooms for the students (private for group leaders)
  • Group airport transfer (both ways) in private coach/bus
  • Orientation and training on arrival
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day
  • Weekend safari excursion
  • Local transportation to all projects and activities
  • Dedicated Group Coordinator (senior staff member) supported by multiple staff members on all projects and activities
  • 24/7 local emergency support
  • All Tours and activities listed above
  • Medical Insurance

Students will be assigned to various wards/units in the hospital for the 1st week based on their background and preferences as well as availability of spots. For the one week students spend at the hospital it will be largely observation-based as the hospital program is well suited for those who want to become future doctors. The areas in the hospital include:

  • ETC
  • General Surgical Unit
  • Physiotherapy
  • Paediatrics
  • Paediatric Cardiology
  • Observation of special surgeries

During the second week, students will participate in a community experience where we can combine a couple of community outreaches, maybe add a day or two with certain groups (elderly, children, etc) and also include 1 day of introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine.

Check out more information here.

Note: this trip will partner with the Tandon GLASS program in which Tandon GLASS Honors students will join to participate in other service projects in Sri Lanka.

Eligibility: must be an NYU student or alumni 18 years or older with a valid passport

Application Information

Application extended to January 3, 2024 at 11:59PM EST.

Step 1: Login to your prehealth account with your N Number. If you try to login and you cannot, you must first fill out an interest form:

DO NOT fill out the interest form if you have previously filled one out! Email tandonprehealth@nyu.edu if you're not sure if you have an account or forgot your password.

Step 2: Update your Prehealth Profile. Navigate to the person icon on the top right after you login and make sure the information is up to date.

Step 3: Complete the additional fields in the Alternative Break application form.


Other International Community Engagement Opportunities

Study Away

On average, health professional schools do not accept prehealth prerequisite courses completed abroad. That being said, it is still possible for prehealth students to study abroad during their years at Tandon, especially because we offer U.S. prehealth coursework at different NYU sites. With good planning and flexibility, we encourage students to take advantage of the tailored opportunities we’ve coordinated specifically for prehealth students.


Program Information

  • When: Sophomore year
  • Who: Tandon CBE, BMS, and Prehealth students
  • Highlights:
    • Exciting abroad opportunity for Tandon sophomores during sophomore year
    • Stay on track with your degree as a CBE/BMS major or prehealth student (courses linked below)
    • Campus feel with both study away students and degree seeking students around
  • Important notes:
    • There is a language requirement.
    • Minimum enrollment of 12 credits at NYU Abu Dhabi


  • NYUAD has many different courses that prehealth students can enroll in areas of biology, chemistry, math, psychology, and related.

MCAT Preparation and Prehealth Seminar: As part of a pre-health-focused spring semester abroad at NYU Abu Dhabi, students from NYU New York can apply to be part of a competitive pre-health cohort that receives professional MCAT preparation funded by NYUAD as well as an introduction to the healthcare system in Abu Dhabi, including visits to healthcare-related organizations. This experience is organized in the form of a 2-credit course. You can find the pre-health courses at NYU Abu Dhabi here.

Also, check out the Research, Arts Apprenticeships, and Internship Opportunities at NYUAD in order to get some on the ground training.


About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYUAD provides you with access to courses ranging from engineering and the social sciences to the sciences, arts, and humanities, but the magic lies in what life beyond the classroom looks like. On campus, your average day can take you from a cutting-edge research laboratory or engineering design studio to an experimental black box theater or woodworking shop. In the city, your days can be spent at historic parts of the city like Hamdan Street, taking a stroll across fish markets and vegetable souqs, exploring the city’s emerging art scene—from grassroots art galleries to the Louvre Abu Dhabi— or drinking karak chai in a small, corner shop. In Abu Dhabi, nights are spent camping under the stars in the desert, and afternoons are spent kayaking in the Mangrove National Forest.

Program Information

  • When: Fall sophomore year
  • Who: Tandon CBE, BMS, and Prehealth students
  • Highlights:
    • Exciting abroad opportunity for Tandon sophomores during fall sophomore year
    • Stay on track with your degree as a CBE/BMS major or prehealth student (courses listed below)
    • Metropolitan, bustling, diverse culture
    • Field work and site visits are a regular part of many classes that take students out of the classroom and into the cosmopolitan center of London
  • Important notes:
    • There is no language requirement
    • Minimum enrollment of 12 credits at NYU London

Tandon Prehealth students can complete a combination of the courses below totaling 12-18 credits while abroad in London during the fall term sophomore year.

Course Title

Course Name



PH-UY 2023G

Electricity, Magnetism, & Fluids


The same as the Tandon course offered in NY.

PH-UY 2021G

General Physics Laboratory 1


PHYS-UA 9011

General Physics I (lab, lecture, recitation)


BTM, CS, IDM, STS, SUE students can complete Physics 2 at London only if they complete Physics 1 at CAS. You cannot mix and match physics courses across different NYU schools.


All other majors must complete Tandon physics, also offered at NYU London.

CHEM-UA 9881



Can complete Biochem at London and then Biochem 2 at Tandon.

CHEM-UA 9225

Organic Chemistry 1 (lab, lecture, recitation)


Counts in place of Tandon's orgo 1.

UGPH-GU 9020

Biostatistics for Public Health


Counts in place of BMS-UY 3513 Biostatistics at Tandon.


Introduction to Psychology


Helpful for Social/Psych section of the MCAT.


Counts as a HUSS elective credit.


Social Psychology


BIOL-UA 9011

Principles of Biology I (Lecture & Recitation)


Non-CBE/BMS students can complete Bio 1 at London and then complete Bio 2 and the lab (counts as 1 and 2) at CAS. You cannot mix and match bio courses across different NYU schools.

CBE/BMS students must complete their introductory bio sequence at Tandon.

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About NYU London

A bustling cultural and economic center of Europe, London’s art and culture scene is just as vibrant as its political and business one. At NYU London, course offerings in business, international relations, literature and theatre, psychology, and Africana studies are especially robust. What’s more, prehealth students can find all the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses they need to stay on track. Internships are also available for course credit through the academic internship program.

Program Information

  • When: Spring
  • Who: Tandon CBE, BMS, and Prehealth students
  • Highlights:
    • Exciting abroad opportunity for Tandon sophomores during spring
    • Stay on track with your degree as a CBE/BMS major or prehealth student (courses listed below)
    • Metropolitan, beach side, foodie culture
    • Unique opportunity to complete one course at Tel Aviv University (TAU) from the B.A. Liberal Arts Program (ex. psych elective) for more immersive experience
  • Important notes:
    • Language requirement can be fulfilled by Languages of Israel cultural linguistics class, Arabic, or Hebrew
    • TAU runs on a different academic calendar than NYU, and enrollment into courses is completed after arrival at NYUTA
    • Minimum enrollment of 12 credits at NYU Tel Aviv (regardless of TAU enrollment)


Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) 13-18 credits

  • CHEM-UA 9226 Organic Chemistry 2 (5 credits)
  • Required Language (4 credits)
  • 1-2 of the listed electives (8 credits)

Note: CBE Students should plan to complete Calculus III over summer or in the fall and programming during fall, if not already completed

Biomolecular Science (BMS) 14-17 credits

  • CHEM-UA 9226 Organic Chemistry 2 (5 credits)
  • Required Language (4 credits)
  • 1-2 of the listed electives (8 credits)

Prehealth (any major) 12-18 credits

  • CHEM-UA 9226 Organic Chemistry 2 (5 credits)
  • Required Language (4 credits)
  • 1-3 of the listed electives (8 credits)

Recommended Electives

  • MGMT-UB 9087 Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Israel (3 credits)
  • NODEP-UA 9982 or INDIV-UG 9550 Experiential Learning Seminar (4 credits)
  • BIOL-UA 9980 Biology Internship (Research Credit) (2-4 credits)
  • CHEM-UA 9997 Advanced Independent Study and Research (2-4 credits)
  • BIOL-UA 9022 Molecular & Cell Biology II (4 credits)
  • Humanities/Social Sciences (4 credits)
    • (ex.) UGPH-GU 9030 Epidemiology for Global Health

*Note: PHYS-UA 9012 General Physics II can be completed by any prehealth student that is not CBE/BMS as long as they complete Physics I at CAS prior. This can count as your physics requirement for prehealth.

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About NYU Tel Aviv

A multidimensional Mediterranean city, Tel Aviv is the cultural, financial, and technological center of Israel. When you study abroad at NYU Tel Aviv, you will gain a sophisticated understanding of Israel and the Middle East. It is an ideal place to study not only politics and the Middle East but also emerging media and the sciences. Additionally, through the academic internship program, students have the opportunity to intern for course credit in many industries. The Biology and Chemistry research courses are great opportunities for sophomore level students to get involved in research early on. These experiences are positive additions to graduate/PhD program and health professional school applications.


Courses completed at NYU locations are offered by New York University. Since all the grades earned at these sites appear in line on your regular NYU transcript, they are acceptable to all health professional schools in this country. Study away through NYU is also explained on the cover page of each Tandon students’ committee letter. You can complete your prehealth requirements at sites such as NYU London, NYU Tel Aviv, NYU Shanghai, and NYU Abu Dhabi.

We strongly encourage students to make full use of NYU's global network to study in another country while studying at the undergraduate level. You could plan to spend either a summer, a semester, or a full year abroad. If you plan to spend a full year overseas, you must bear in mind that you will need to complete all your prehealth courses in a U.S. college in time for your health professional exam.

We strongly recommend that you complete 300 clinical hours in residence in the U.S. Aside from that, any additional hours you spend in clinical settings abroad will enhance your application further. It will also give you a wider perspective of what medicine looks like and how other places differ from that of the U.S. It can give you some exciting stories to talk about in your personal statement, short essays, or your interviews. For example, if you mention being interested in global health or global perspectives of medicine, you will have the experience to back up that statement.

Aside from the other opportunities above, you can think about getting a master’s degree abroad, participating in an internship or work experience, complete elective courses (no prehealth prerequisites) at another university over the summer or during a j-term, perform other community work, and spend time studying for your health professional exams. There are so many opportunities and experiences available that can benefit your application.