CAS '19 Cameron Stadlin

SA: University College London
PGS: Travel to China

Programs Abroad:

  • Semester Abroad (SA): University College London, England

  • Penn Global Seminars (PGS): Traditional Chinese Medicine, Travel to China

Ask me about...

  • Planning for abroad as a pre-med student not taking a gap year 

  • Meeting and connecting with other study abroad students

  • Being abroad and not speaking Mandarin or Shanghainese

  • Navigating Chinese payment systems and other logistical differences

  • Going abroad during medical school interview season

My Experience Abroad:

I study Biological Basis of Behavior at Penn, but at University College London I studied in the Neuroscience Department. I enjoyed this opportunity because Penn's BBB courses are more multi-disciplinary, but at UCL I could take specific courses on my interests. I found that it nicely complemented my major here and gave me a new perspective on some of the scientific and medical issues that we discuss here in the U.S. In some of my courses, I had a different professor for every lecture period, which allowed me to meet and learn from leaders in the field that we were exploring that day.

At Penn, I am a Biological Basis of Behavior (BBB) major, but I took a global seminar course through the Nursing School. I will be going to medical school next year, so I wanted to take this course about medicine in China, so that I could better understand different patients' perspectives on their medical care. I had never been to China before, so this global seminar was a great way for me to experience China alongside a knowledgable professor.

Other Highlights:

  •  Traveling to Greece and Croatia for a week

  • Kayaking and exploring islands in Greece and Croatia

  • A helicopter tour of Zermatt, Switzerland

  • Weekly field trips to different parts of London as part of an archaeology course

  • Learning how to do acupuncture and cupping at a Traditional Chinese Medicine hospital in China

  • Going to Shanghai Disneyland

  • Eating dumplings and boba in China

  • Going to group dinners and trying new foods

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