Study Abroad

Summer Study Abroad: Medicine in Poland

Students Studying Abroad in Lab CoatsThe U.S. needs more doctors, but the high cost of medical school keeps many undergraduates from pursuing a career in medicine. Some pursue their dreams of becoming physicians by attending less-expensive, high quality medical schools in other countries. On this faculty-led summer study abroad, USCB students sample the English-language curriculum offered at Poznan University of Medical Sciences (PUMS). The goal of is to give Sand Sharks a taste of life as a medical student at PUMS.

PUMS logoDates: July 1-10, 2024

Location: Poznan, Poland

Location of Poznan in Poland on a map

Lodging: PUMS residence halls

Meals: PUMS Campus Bistro

Cost: Approximately $2,200  (Includes tuition for 3 credit hours at USCB, $350 study abroad fee, airline ticket, spending money)

Study abroad students in Poznan holding up banner

Excursions: Lake Rusałka, Poznan city tour, Imperial Castle

Academic work: 3-credit elective for BIOL or PUBH, enroll in Fall 2023. In Poland, classes will be held in the PUMS Medical Biology Center, Medical Simulation Center and other facilities.

Poznnan University of Medical Sciences Building

Public medical school PUMS pioneered offering English-language programs to international students in Poland in 1993. PUMS is affiliated with five clinical hospitals and has 7,000 students, including 800 international students in English-language programs in medicine and dentistry. So far, 627 students from the U.S. have earned M.D. degrees at PUMS and 79 have earned D.D.S. degrees.

Study Abroad Students Academic Trauma SimulationTo facilitate stronger ties and cooperation between the two universities, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) is in the works by USCB’s Chancellor Dr. Al Panu and PUMS President Professor Andrzej Tykarski, M.D., Ph.D. The agreement will allow the two schools to organize visits, conferences and symposia more easily; carry out collaborative research and education; exchange academic staff and students; and co-operate on scholarly publications.


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