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The city of Genoa in Italy (an Atlantis site).

Financing & Aid

Alumni often deem Atlantis one of the highest returns on investment in their educational path. Anyone can do it, and we offer many financing options, fundraising being one of the best.

Overview

Anyone Can Do It, With Some “Resilience & Adaptability” (AAMC Core Competency #8)

Only you can tell whether Atlantis will be as impactful to you as it has been to many of our alumni. We encourage you to do your research, speak with our alumni, or speak with your pre-health advisor (more than 1 out of 10 U.S. pre-health advisors has visited our programs in person).

But if you decide, as many of our alumni have, that Atlantis is one of the highest return on investment opportunities available to you, one thing is certain: essentially anyone can figure out a way to make finances work. The challenge of making finances work, including with fundraising, which is the method we recommend the most, is small, even if you don’t have family sources of support.

Well, let us rephrase that: making finances work, including with fundraising, requires far less resilience than you’ll need to finish your pre-health path, be admitted to med/PA school, graduate, and finish your training. For the average undergraduate student we’d say something different; but to the serious pre-health student, such as the many who enroll in Atlantis, this is not a big challenge.

In fact, “resilience & adaptability” is #8 out of the 15 AAMC competencies that medical schools use to assess applicants. Many of our students do not fundraise, but we’ve found that resilient students can often fundraise all or most of their fees, all the while pushing themselves in a unique way, possibly using fundraising itself as a story in their interviews. And as we’ll illustrate below, this has happened countless times.

Here’s the overview of our 2+3 paths to finance Atlantis, which we’ll summarize in more detail below this section.

Two Ways to Pay

  • Pay in full (upon signing up)
  • Monthly payments (between signing up and the actual program)

Three Forms of Financial Aid

  • Vocation-Driven Fundraising (possibly the best of these three)
  • Uplift loans
  • Scholarships

Our Alumni Enter Great Medical Schools

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Zoey Petitt

  • Atlantis '17
  • U. of Arizona '18
  • Duke MD '23
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Nathan Ewing-Crystal

  • Atlantis '17
  • Yale '19
  • UCSF MD '23
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Nick Morley

  • Atlantis '17
  • Brown '13
  • Columbia MD '23
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Elorm Yevudza

  • Atlantis '16
  • Amherst '19
  • Columbia MD '24
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Nick Tucker

  • Atlantis '16
  • Notre Dame '17
  • Case Western MD '21
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Tiffany Hu

  • Atlantis '16
  • UMD College Park '17
  • Michigan MPH '21 + MD '22
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Yong-hun Kim

  • Atlantis '17
  • Stanford '19
  • Mayo Clinic MD '24
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Avneet Chadha

  • Atlantis '17
  • UM-Ann Arbor '18
  • Kimmel MD '23
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Janine Baldino

  • Atlantis '16
  • NC State '15
  • UNC Chapel Hill MD '22

Anyone Can Do It

A chart showing that anyone can afford Atlantis with fundraising.

 

How To Pay

Despite the many advantage of the other options, particularly fundraising, most students choose to pay directly to Atlantis. Both options below start by you reserving your spot with a $900 deposit (note that whenever you see a program price, that price always already includes the $900 deposit –the deposit is not some sort of extra hidden fee).

Two Payment Timelines

1. Pay in Full

Pay the balance upon signing up, together with your deposit. The fact that you pay entirely upon signing up doesn’t hurt you as far as our refund policies go (these are detailed in a later section on this page). It just means that you take care of that transaction in one go.

2. Monthly

After paying the $900 deposit upon signing up, pay the balance in equal monthly installments, finishing a few weeks before your program starts.

Students in the hospital where they are shadowing.
Atlantis students in the hospital where they are shadowing (Athens, Greece, 2016).
Students in the hospital where they are shadowing.
Atlantis students in the hospital where they are shadowing (Greece, 2019).

Financial Aid

We believe everyone on track to med/PA school can afford Atlantis. It just takes the same “resilience and adaptability” that medical schools will also want you to have in order to admit you. If you’re determined enough to pursue med/PA school, and believe Atlantis fits your path well, then Atlantis is possible for you – and we’re here to help.

If you do not plan on simply paying for the program using one of the two options above, you have three options for how to cover (or partially cover) the cost of your Atlantis program: fundraising, loans, and scholarships.

Three Forms of Financial Aid

1. Vocation-Driven Fundraising (possibly the best of these three)

Fundraising may seem daunting, but it’s actually one of the fastest, easiest ways to pay for your program. Pre-health students, we believe, greatly underestimate how much they can fundraise, and so we are constantly reminding prospective students about this. All it takes is an authentic story and being brave enough to ask. Starting a GoFundMe and mailing support letters is a winning combination for reaching your goals.

If you share how Atlantis fits into your personal story – and how it will help you in pursuing your vocation to healthcare – people will be excited to help you.

Based on online activity and anecdotal evidence, we believe that the average student who follows our fundraising advice raises over $2,000, sometimes much more, and many students raise the entire cost of the program. Plus, you can consider using the story of your fundraising efforts in your med school applications and interviews (as a detail when speaking about your experience), since it directly highlights AAMC competency #8, Resilience & Adaptability.

When you apply, our admissions team can help you get fundraising started. If you’d like to learn more about this before applying, feel free to contact us or ask to be connected with an Atlantis alum to understand their perspective on fundraising.

2. Uplift Loans

Overview

For students who would prefer a longer payment schedule, you should consider applying for a loan through Uplift. It’s free and takes less than a minute – plus, it won’t hurt your credit score. Once you’re accepted, check it out and see what loan terms you qualify for!

Students will be given the application link once they’ve completed the admissions process and been accepted into Atlantis. Students and their parents are welcome to apply. Loan terms can extend up to a maximum of 24 months. Uplift offers anywhere from 4% to 36% fixed APR, based on creditworthiness. The application is free, quick, and involves a soft credit check.

Why use Uplift Loans?
  • With a loan from Uplift, depending on what terms you qualify for, you can pay for your program over a long period of time at a reasonable interest rate. That gives you more flexibility to earn, save, and fundraise whatever you can’t afford to pay before your program.
Pro Tip
  • If you haven’t yet built up a good credit score, parents can apply on your behalf, plus, you can combine Uplift loans with other funding options, so the principal (and therefore interest) is lower!

3. Scholarships

Outside Atlantis

Many students apply for scholarships and grants through their university or through outside organizations. There are programs that sponsor students for valuable educational experiences domestically or abroad, so be sure to search for these. For some universities, there may be funding for summer experiences. In applying for these, consider explaining how Atlantis has impacted many of its alumni, and explain why this has happened, i.e. why Atlantis programs work well.

Within Atlantis

Additionally, all Atlantis applicants are welcome to apply for financial aid using the optional section on the Atlantis application. Expand the below button to read more.

We Can’t Emphasize Enough How Well Vocation-Driven Fundraising Has Worked For Many Of Our Alumni

Fundraise – If You Were a Med/PA School, Which of These Two Students Would You Pick

Factor

Person A

Person A

Person B

Factor

Income

  • Mid to Low
  • Mid to Low

Income

  • Same as Person A

Most AAMC Competencies

  • Median
  • Median

Most AAMC Competencies

  • Same as Person A

Basic Shadowing

  • Has basic US shadowing from local hospital
  • Has basic US shadowing from local hospital

Basic Shadowing

  • Same as Person A

Approach towards obtaining more and better shadowing beyond the basics

  • Enrolled in 360 Shadowing with Atlantis
  • Enrolled in 360 Shadowing with Atlantis

Approach towards obtaining more and better shadowing beyond the basics

  • Spent lots of energy finding beyond-basic shadowing

Financial position after shadowing

  • The same as before since most was fundraised and the rest was paid by part-time work with the time saved from not searching for shadowing
  • The same as before since most was fundraised and the rest was paid by part-time work with the time saved from not searching for shadowing

Financial position after shadowing

  • No change

AAMC Competency #8 “Resilience and Adaptability"

  • Fundraised most of the Atlantis fee following
    Atlantis’ fundraising methodology, showing entrepreneurialism and initiative, showcasing that in med/PA school applications and interviews
  • Fundraised most of the Atlantis fee following
    Atlantis’ fundraising methodology, showing entrepreneurialism and initiative, showcasing that in med/PA school applications and interviews

AAMC Competency #8 “Resilience and Adaptability"

  • Median

GPA/MCAT

  • Higher GPA/MCAT due to focus on classes
  • Higher GPA/MCAT due to focus on classes

GPA/MCAT

  • Median
An Atlantis student standing outside the hospital where she is shadowing.

Atlantis Alumni Very Often Fundraise with GoFundMe (Usually Very Successfully)

Don’t let money keep you from participating in Atlantis, if you deem it to be a fit with your path. Check out the GoFundMe pages started by past students and download our Fundraising Guide for pro tips.

Speak With/Ask An Alum

We can connect you with one of our pre-med alumni, for either a video call, phone call, or just an email exchange. They may very well be able to give you insight on fundraising, and you can certainly ask them any questions about their Atlantis experience.

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The entrance to a Greek hospital near Athens (an Atlantis site).
Students shadowing in the hospital.
Atlantis students shadowing in the hospital (Athens, Greece, 2019).

Value for Money

Why 360 Shadowing?

Medical schools want 3 things: healthcare exposure, GPA/MCAT, and certain competencies. Atlantis programs can give you a great version of the 1st, free you to focus on the 2nd, and cultivate/show the 3rd to medical school admissions committees.


Watch Video: The Atlantis Experience

Atlantis Costs Little in Comparison with Other Elements

A chart showing the relatively low cost of Atlantis with other elements.

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

Atlantis Can Contribute To What Med Schools Want In Their Applicants

 

Healthcare Exposure

Compared to typical clinical experiences, 360 Shadowing with Atlantis means far greater depth, breadth, quantity, and intercultural perspective.

Focus on Grades

Most students don’t prioritize GPA/MCAT enough. Doing 360 Shadowing over break accomplishes so much extracurricular-wise that you can cut out some of your other activities during the year.

Show Competencies

360 Shadowing lets you refine and showcase most of the 15 AAMC competencies that medical schools assess candidates on, creating powerful stories for your applications and interviews.

Value For Money

Other Ways Atlantis Proves Its Value

Read about more ways that Atlantis proves its value including covering a lot of ground on medical school applications and making the most of your break.

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Take The Quiz: Is It For You?

We’ve built the “Shadowing and Extracurricular Readiness Score” calculator to allow you to look at several expert statements and track to what extent your current extracurriculars follow best practices. We believe this exercise to be very useful regardless of whether you end up considering Atlantis.

The Cost of Atlantis Compared with Other Study Abroad Options

Study abroad programs (not Atlantis, but all programs) cost on average of $14,295 for a semester, which is much more than Atlantis’s average. However, Atlantis only runs shorter programs, during college breaks, given the importance of GPA to pre-meds, and given the need pre-med students have for taking core classes in the U.S. instead of abroad.

Our single-country programs cost roughly the same as other short-term non-semester programs (mid single digit thousands, for several weeks). However, Atlantis isn’t the right option for you if you just want to go abroad just to travel and have fun for the most time possible for the cheapest per-day price. For that, there are average semester programs, and low end summer programs, that are cheaper per week. You could also travel on your own, which may be even better than that, if you just want to travel.

Atlantis is the best fit, however, for the serious pre-health student: someone whose main goal is to be a great doctor or other healthcare professional, but who wants study abroad as part of their journey, both for its own sake and because it can help with med/PA school admissions. And such students want to make the most out of their limited time. Atlantis is the leader in pre-health study abroad precisely because it figured out how to do this in a way that is truly tailored to serious (yet adventurous) pre-health students, and this has enabled many alumni to be very successful.

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Greek columns in Athens (an Atlantis site).
A student eating ice cream.
An Atlantis student enjoying ice cream on a program excursion (Genoa, Italy, 2019).

What’s Included

Atlantis programs include ~20h/week of shadowing (Service-Research Project programs do a full-time project instead), housing, breakfast daily, some other group meals, transportation, health insurance, and more. The majority of fees go toward year-round partnership development as well as ongoing operations, logistics, and promotion. Students are responsible for flights, transportation to and from the airport, and other meals. Based on past students’ experience, we advise budgeting $150 of spending money per week. See the full list of what’s included here.

 

Questions and Answers

How much will I spend on flights?

Flights cost less than you might expect. In fact, students who search smartly can usually find flights for under $800 total. That might not be the first price you see on the first search you do, and it depends on where you’re flying to and from. We encourage students to research flying from various U.S./Canadian cities and to look at various departure dates, as you may want to take advantage of traveling before or after your program – especially if it will drastically reduce the price of your plane ticket. Check out our flight tips for some helpful advice!

What about Service-Research Projects (non-shadowing programs)?

The same “what’s included” list applies to all Atlantis programs, shadowing and non-shadowing. When you read the list, just skip the few points that are clearly about shadowing hours at the top.

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Browse Our Programs & Prices

Refund & Program Credit Policy

Our refund and credit policy is reason-neutral, meaning that the same policy applies to withdrawals by students or (unlikely) cancellations by Atlantis, whether they are related to COVID-19 or any other factor. The $900 non-refundable deposit is considered a separate, non-refundable payment, but it will also carry over as program credit.

Policy Date Effective
Full refund, deposit counted as credit >60 days before program
No refund, 100% of fees (including deposit) counted as credit <=60 days before program

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Atlantis students outside the hospital where they are shadowing (Genoa, Italy, 2019).
A student learning how to kayak.
An Atlantis student learning how to kayak on a program excursion (Genoa, Italy, 2019).
A basic table showing two comparison columns to indicate the benefits of 360 shadowing.

Alternatively, See a More In-Depth Version of The Above Table

Compare A Typical Applicant With an Atlantis Alum (in depth view)

Med School Concern #1: Exposure to Healthcare

Average Applicant to Med School

Average Applicant to Med School

Typical/Possible Atlantis Alum

AAMC-compliance

  • Did hands-on volunteering, possibly without proper training
  • Did hands-on volunteering, possibly without proper training

AAMC-compliance

  • Did observation-only, AAMC-compliant shadowing

Complexity of procedures

  • Observed day-to-day office tasks + appointments
  • Observed day-to-day office tasks + appointments

Complexity of procedures

  • Often observed complex procedures like a C-section, or a partial hip replacement

Closeness to MD-level work

  • Exposed to healthcare setting in general
  • Exposed to healthcare setting in general

Closeness to MD-level work

  • Focused on the MD profile + perspective

Number of specialties

  • Exposed to 2 or 3 specialties
  • Exposed to 2 or 3 specialties

Number of specialties

  • Saw 6 specialties in 6 weeks (typically one per week), and 8 or 9 total

Number of environments

  • Experienced one local environment and one hospital setting
  • Experienced one local environment and one hospital setting

Number of environments

  • Experienced a variety of cultures, department dynamics, hospital sizes, and city sizes

Number of doctors

  • Shadowed 2 or 3 doctors and potentially met their colleagues
  • Shadowed 2 or 3 doctors and potentially met their colleagues

Number of doctors

  • Shadowed 10 or more doctors and met many department staff and residents

Total number of hours

  • Completed a smaller number of hours
  • Completed a smaller number of hours

Total number of hours

  • Did 100+ shadowing hours in 5 weeks (20+ hours per week)

Hours over time

  • Picked up hours piecemeal throughout the year
  • Picked up hours piecemeal throughout the year

Hours over time

  • Concentrated hours over 6 weeks during summer break

Value per hour

  • Had less valuable experience in a given time
  • Had less valuable experience in a given time

Value per hour

  • Had highly valuable experience in a short time

Multi-country shadowing

  • Shadowed only in the U.S.
  • Shadowed only in the U.S.

Multi-country shadowing

  • Shadowed in Spain, Italy, and Hungary, plus the U.S.

Relevant study abroad experience

  • Had done non-healthcare study abroad
  • Had done non-healthcare study abroad

Relevant study abroad experience

  • Combined the best of study abroad’s cultural immersion with world-class clinical shadowing

View of the medical profession

  • Wasn’t aware of the parts of medicine that differ across cultures
  • Wasn’t aware of the parts of medicine that differ across cultures

View of the medical profession

  • Developed a balanced view, identifying what’s essential vs. culturally contingent in medicine

Knowledge of comparative healthcare policy

  • Lacking firsthand knowledge of different advanced healthcare systems
  • Lacking firsthand knowledge of different advanced healthcare systems

Knowledge of comparative healthcare policy

  • Informed and able to maturely analyze comparative healthcare

GPA

  • Achieved similar results to peers
  • Achieved similar results to peers

GPA

  • Spent more time studying and achieved better results than peers

MCAT

  • Scored average on the MCAT
  • Scored average on the MCAT

MCAT

  • Scored above average by focusing more on academics and doing more MCAT prep

Number of distractions

  • Spread thin with commitments to volunteering, clubs, societies, publications, sports, hobbies, leadership roles, etc.
  • Spread thin with commitments to volunteering, clubs, societies, publications, sports, hobbies, leadership roles, etc.

Number of distractions

  • Focused on one or two extracurricular activities they were passionate about

Energy level

  • Was tired and overwhelmed but felt like they hadn’t done enough
  • Was tired and overwhelmed but felt like they hadn’t done enough

Energy level

  • Was less overwhelmed, with space to enjoy classes and fall more in love with medicine

Confidence in healthcare path

  • Is fairly confident, but hasn’t had it “click” that medicine is their calling
  • Is fairly confident, but hasn’t had it “click” that medicine is their calling

Confidence in healthcare path

  • Is very confident, having seen incredible procedures and realized, “This is where I want to be, serving people”

Service Orientation

  • Wrote in their personal statement about approaching medicine with a service mentality
  • Wrote in their personal statement about approaching medicine with a service mentality

Service Orientation

  • Actually spent quality time with passionate, other-oriented doctors abroad whose salaries are relatively lower

Social Skills

  • Shared in their interview some examples of doctor-patient interactions and some takeaways
  • Shared in their interview some examples of doctor-patient interactions and some takeaways

Social Skills

  • Shared unique stories from a wealth of experiences where their social strengths and weaknesses played out

Cultural Competence

  • Was able to talk generally about personal growth with study abroad or with an academic program serving immigrant communities
  • Was able to talk generally about personal growth with study abroad or with an academic program serving immigrant communities

Cultural Competence

  • Showed a rare perspective, having seen different cultural backgrounds on display, in a healthcare setting, as a genuine outsider

Teamwork

  • Saw multiple examples of teamwork while shadowing
  • Saw multiple examples of teamwork while shadowing

Teamwork

  • Saw an even wider range of teams within the hospital departments, with unique stories about doctors in Surgery versus doctors in Internal Medicine, for example

Oral Communication

  • Showed no/little practice with another language in a clinical setting
  • Showed no/little practice with another language in a clinical setting

Oral Communication

  • Talked passionately in their interview about communicating across the language barrier within the hospital; even though most doctors will speak English, there will be some language barrier some times

Resilience & Adaptability

  • Shadowed close to home in a familiar setting
  • Shadowed close to home in a familiar setting

Resilience & Adaptability

  • Stepped outside their comfort zone and managed lack of sleep or changes of plans, showing resilience with interesting travel stories

Note that some elements in the above only take place in certain programs e.g. multi-country experiences only happen in multi-country programs. Also, Atlantis programs do have far greater depth, breadth, quantity of shadowing, and degree of intercultural perspective, than the vast majority of clinical experiences that premeds have; however the examples above are illustrative of why that generally is, i.e. not all Atlantis participants have seen a certain exact type of surgery. Please see our many testimonials to obtain many perspectives on the program.

A basic table showing two comparison columns to indicate the benefits of 360 shadowing.

Compare A Typical Applicant With an Atlantis Alum

Compare A Typical Applicant With an Atlantis Alum

Med School Concern #1: Exposure to Healthcare

Average Applicant to Med School

Average Applicant to Med School

Typical/Possible Atlantis Alum

Depth

  • Surface-level
  • Surface-level

Depth

Breadth

  • 1-3 medical specialties
  • 1-3 medical specialties

Breadth

Quantity

  • Average quantity
  • Average quantity

Quantity

  • 50-200 hours in one school break
  • Concentrated
  • Time, energy, and academic focus saved by not having to find–and travel weekly to and from–a weekly 2 hour campus clinical experience, for instance

Intercultural Perspective

  • Shadowing/volunteering in one country, one cultural context, one regulatory environment
  • Shadowing/volunteering in one country, one cultural context, one regulatory environment

Intercultural Perspective

  • Shadowing in a new country, context, and environment (but at the same sophistication level as the US)

GPA/MCAT

  • Average stats; study time taken by inefficient extracurriculars
  • Average stats; study time taken by inefficient extracurriculars

GPA/MCAT

  • Such an intensive experience during breaks allows for the “luxury” of focusing on academics during the year

Stories

  • Ordinary stories for apps/interviews, fewer opportunities to develop competencies
  • Ordinary stories for apps/interviews, fewer opportunities to develop competencies

Stories

See a much deeper version of this table.

 

 

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360 Shadowing Can Give Students an Edge

  • In a survey of Atlantis alumni who have been accepted to med/PA school…
    • 97% referenced Atlantis on their application AND the vast majority said Atlantis “strongly” or “very strongly” impacted their admittance.
    • 81% said Atlantis impacted their passion for medicine.
  • 93% of alumni progressed on the 15 AAMC competencies that medical schools assess candidates with (PhD-authored Outcomes Study, 2019)
  • More than 1 out of every 10 U.S. pre-health advisors has been to our programs in person.

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