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Atlantis students while receiving a tour at the hospital where they will shadow (Genoa, Italy, 2019).

Application Process

Take the first step to jumpstart your future in healthcare.

Application Process Steps

Step One: Online Application

The online application can take less than 30 minutes to complete and consists of:

  • General Information (5 min)
  • Academics – no transcript required (2 min)
  • Financial aid documentation (optional)
  • Additional Questions (1 min)
  • Program Preferences (2 min)
  • Personal Statement & Short Responses (15-30 min, sometimes less as applicants can often use portions of essays written for other purposes)

As you fill out your application, keep in mind our open programs, since you’ll be asked about your preferences.

Part of our personal statement prompt at the end is similar to a portion of the AMCAS prompt you’ll fill out later if you apply to MD programs, so you can even reuse your essay in the future. Atlantis has helped many alumni be admitted to medical school, and we wanted the Atlantis application process itself to be a step towards (in the sense that it helps you draft) your future medical school application and admission.

Step Two: Two-Way Alumni Video Interview & Admissions Decision

Our interview process is a two-way street. You’ll meet with an Atlantis alum for a ~30-minute video call to assess if Atlantis is a good fit for you and vice versa. Here’s what we’re looking for: a genuine passion for healthcare, maturity, and professionalism. All of these show us how you will interact with our international hospital partners. Similarly, you should be asking the Atlantis alum any questions that will help you determine whether Atlantis is a fit for you: Why did you do it? Why did you pick Atlantis versus other things? Did it help you with X and Y? How will you leverage it in your medical school applications?

To prepare, think about general questions you have, what experience you would like to gain through the program, as well as any logistical or financial notes you want to cover.

Did You Know? More than 1 out of every 10 U.S. pre-health advisors has been to our programs; ask yours for their advice on how to fit Atlantis into your pre-health path. If your advisor hasn’t been to our programs, ask him or her to reach out to pre-health advisor peers at other universities to ask opinions from those who have visited Atlantis programs.

Step Three: Enrollment Process

After passing the interview, you’ll receive a formal offer with your program dates & location. To confirm your placement, you’ll typically be given 2 weeks to complete the Enrollment Checklist, which asks you to:

  • E-sign the student agreement
  • Submit the $900 non-refundable deposit
  • Choose a payment plan

Once your Enrollment Checklist is approved, congratulations! You’re enrolled! You will receive a confirmation email officially introducing you to the Post Enrollment team.

Pre-Departure

As you prepare for your program, our Post Enrollment team will make sure that you feel confident and comfortable with what to expect. They will be your point of contact regarding travel logistics, vaccine records, and payment questions. You will receive details on the Site Manager, program housing details, and arrival day logistics no later than two weeks before the program start date.

Students arrange their own flights and arrival transportation to the program housing, but Atlantis programs include many important things that are part of your experience. For more pre-departure information, consult our FAQs.

Some Common Questions

Do I have to apply for multiple programs separately?

The application process is the same regardless of the country you apply for, the number of countries you’d like to visit, or whether you’re interested in Shadowing versus Service-Research Projects. Once accepted, your acceptance extends to all Atlantis programs. See our open programs here.

Is there an application deadline?

Applications generally remain open throughout the academic year, until at least the early Spring of each year. However, as you’ve probably noticed, most of our programs are made up of small groups. For that reason we are frequently filling programs and opening new ones, every month, while they are available. If for whatever reason you are not ready to apply, we can keep you updated as our programs open and close.

How long before I hear back?

On average, the application process takes 2–4 weeks. The time it takes to advance through the 3-step application process depends on the volume of applications, which varies throughout the year. Applications can be expedited due to extenuating circumstances. Otherwise, our team reviews applications in order of submission.

Am I eligible?

You must be at least 18 years old by the time your program is set to start, and attending or recently graduated from college (except for our limited high school programs). If you are an international student, you are responsible for researching and acquiring any travel documents you may need in order to travel to your program destination(s).

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Who It’s For

Anatomy of An Atlantis Applicant

We are proud of the fact that our students come from a diverse set of backgrounds. They range from incoming college freshmen to recent graduates, post-college gap years, and post bacc students. Atlantis students:

  • Are at least 18 years old by the time their program is set to start (except for limited high school programs)
  • Have a genuine passion for healthcare, commitment to excellence, and professionalism
  • Go on to pursue a wide range of health professions: MD, DO, PA, Nursing, PT, OT, Pharmacy, and many others

Our Alumni Enter Great Medical Schools

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John Daines

  • Atlantis '17
  • Brigham Young University '19
  • Washington U. in St. Louis MD '23
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Zoey Petitt

  • Atlantis '17
  • U. of Arizona '18
  • Duke MD '23
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Yong-hun Kim

  • Atlantis '17
  • Stanford '19
  • Mayo Clinic MD '24
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Megan Branson

  • Atlantis '18
  • U. of Montana '19
  • U. of Washington MD '24
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Sarah Emerick

  • Atlantis '19
  • Eckerd College '20
  • Indiana U. MD '25
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Elorm Yevudza

  • Atlantis '16
  • Amherst '19
  • Columbia MD '24
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Tiffany Hu

  • Atlantis '16
  • U. of Maryland '17
  • U. of Michigan MD '22
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Lauren Cox

  • Atlantis '18
  • Louisiana Tech '20
  • U. of Arkansas MD '24
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Kayla Riegler

  • Atlantis '18
  • U. of Kentucky '20
  • U. of Kentucky MD '24

Watch Video: The Atlantis Experience

Watch Video: 20+ Alumni Now In Med School Explain: Atlantis Is a Major Reason I Got In Here

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