Ask A Student Diplomat: Benefits Of Studying Abroad

Duquesne University School of Pharmacy Student Diplomat Rachael RichterQuestion: Can I study abroad as a pharmacy student at Duquesne University?

Rachael Richter: One reason that I chose Duquesne University School of Pharmacy was the school's multiple opportunities to study abroad. I knew when I was applying to colleges that it was an opportunity that I did not want to pass up. The key to studying abroad in pharmacy school is to plan early. The first semester of my freshmen year I made an appointment with my advisor to talk about my options. In many instances, you must take summer classes, but it is well worth the experience. If you are not interested in the summer classes, however, there are still opportunities at Duquesne.

I took advantage of a semester abroad program at Duquesne University's Italian Campus. I left in the spring of my sophomore year and took a few summer courses. I met some of my best friends and learned about a new culture. I also had the opportunity of a lifetime to be present for the Conclave when Pope Francis was elected!

Semester abroad programs are just one opportunity at Duquesne University. There are also Spring Break Away courses. During your spring semester, you can take a certain CORE (required liberal arts) courses in which you learn about the history or culture of the country you will be visiting. Over spring break, you will then go on a structured visit to that country. Countries included are England, France, Ireland, Germany and Italy. Many of my friends took advantage of this opportunity as well and enjoyed it-it is a great opportunity if you do not want to do any additional coursework over the summer.

Another opportunity is participating in Duquesne University's Maymester course that takes place over four weeks in the summer. Currently, the Maymester trip travels to Ghana. Finally, opportunities abroad do not end when you enter pharmacy school. There are multiple trips lead by the Dean and different professors over the summer.

Good luck and happy travels!

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