A view of a city by the water in portugal.
The city of Lisbon in Portugal (an Atlantis site).

Support for Requesting Course Credit

Atlantis programs develop many of the key competencies for entering medical students, help with assessing your vocation, and contribute to your Med/PA applications. This type of learning experience is often recognizable for credit, depending on your university’s approach.

About Requesting Course Credit

Atlantis programs do not come automatically with credit. However, we offer guidance to students who study at universities that give credit for outside experiences, such as internships. Students have often received credit by their institutions for the Atlantis experience, often using the mechanisms that universities have for granting credit for experiences such as internships, projects, trips, etc.

It is true that most of our alumni do not request credit for Atlantis from their university, because students generally have enough credits from their classes already. However, there are still plenty of students every year who seek and receive credit for Atlantis from their institutions. There are others who would like it but their universities don’t do that. However, most of those who do need the credit, and are at universities with these mechanisms, are successful at requesting it, and Atlantis is more than happy to assist.

What option is available for you depends on your university, and not all universities offer the option to recognize internships or learning experiences for credit. However, below are some common approaches available at many universities.

Common Approaches

  • Register for a generic internship course, to the extent its policies allow this. Some schools will ask that you provide your internship details using an application in Handshake (e.g., Miami University lists their instructions here). At other schools, you will need to contact the career services department and apply for credit through their website.
  • Register for an independent study course. This option will require meeting with a faculty member and proposing assignments that will connect your Atlantis experience to coursework or to that professor’s research. Ask your advisor or the career office if they can refer you to someone who’d be willing to supervise your independent study.
  • Less common: look at your local community colleges to see if they offer a for-credit internship course, and then confirm with your advisor that those credits can be transferred to your home university. For more information, read this helpful page from the UVA Career Center.

Ask your advisor to see what options are available at your university.

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