Colorful umbrellas hanging above a street in Ferrara, Italy (an Atlantis site).
Colorful umbrellas hanging above a street in Ferrara, Italy (an Atlantis site).
Skyline with Moanstiraki square and Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece (an Atlantis site)
Skyline with Moanstiraki square and Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece (an Atlantis site)

Italy + Greece

Ferrara & Athens + HMX

$12,063

Overview

This program is made up of the following consecutive components, and takes place in the order shown (you visit the first city first, etc.):
Ferrara
Athens + HMX

Destination Information

The Cities

The town is still surrounded by more than 9 kilometres (6 miles) of ancient walls, mainly built in the 15th and 16th-centuries, and they are one of the the best preserved renaissance walls in Italy. The impressive brick Castello Estense sited in the very centre of the town is iconic of Ferrara.

You can go for a long stroll, navigating between the city’s churches and palazzos, or stop for an espresso or aperitivo on the piazza. You won’t see many cars in the city center, which makes it an especially peaceful place. When hunger strikes, Ferrara has iconic dishes to try. These can be tried at a restaurant or pack yourself a picnic to enjoy under the shade of the medieval walls.

Interwoven between the hallmarks of a long-standing empire are the aspects of a modern city, enchanting visitors and inhabitants alike with Athens’ impressive sights and countless opportunities for cultural exploration.

Among the ancient relics are contemporary streets that feature amazing restaurants, shops and markets. There is no shortage of things to do, places to go, and people to meet, just as it has been for the last 7,000 years!

What’s Included

Atlantis programs include ~20h/week of shadowing, housing, some meals, transportation, travel health insurance, and more. Airfare is not included but can be very affordable.

Dates & Availability

  • Summer Break 2024

Dates

Price

Availability

May 11, 2024 - June 21, 2024 6 weeks 3 weeks in Ferrara
3 weeks in Athens

$12,063

Full

June 1, 2024 - July 12, 2024 6 weeks 3 weeks in Ferrara
3 weeks in Athens

$12,063

Full

June 22, 2024 - August 2, 2024 6 weeks 3 weeks in Ferrara
3 weeks in Athens

$12,063

Full

July 13, 2024 - August 23, 2024 6 weeks 3 weeks in Ferrara
3 weeks in Athens

$12,063

Full

You may pay over time, fundraise, consider scholarships, and more.

Participants may transfer to another program or receive a refund up until a predefined amount of time before the start date.

Hospital or Partner Overview

Atlantis is an opportunity of a lifetime…The program helped catapult me to a full-tuition (and generous living stipend!) merit scholarship at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine where I currently attend and will graduate with an MD.

I believe that highlighting the Atlantis experience significantly bolstered my candidacy and helped lead to numerous eventual [medical school] acceptances I was fortunate enough to receive.

The Atlantis Fellowship has given me a broader perspective on the field of healthcare. The program has also brought wonderful people into my life.

A flowering tree outside of a building.
A flowering tree outside of a building (Lisbon, Portugal).
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Excursions

Our excursions are designed to offer a deeper look into your host culture, for both the educational benefit and the pure enjoyment of exploring a new place with others who share your interests in travel and medicine. If you happen to make travel plans outside of your city for a weekend, and thus your travel plans conflict with the events your Site Manager has planned, we ask that you notify your Site Manager several days in advance so that they’re able to plan the excursion accordingly. Excursions range from historical tours to culinary and cultural explorations. Your Site Manager will inform you of the different excursions they have planned during your program orientation.

Atlantis students on a program excursion.
Atlantis students on a program excursion (Genoa, Italy).

Clinical Experience that Stands Out to Schools

Medical schools want 3 things: healthcare exposure, GPA/MCAT, and certain competencies. Uniquely, “360 Shadowing” gives you the best version of the 1st, frees you to focus on the 2nd, and cultivates/shows the 3rd to medical school admissions.

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Atlantis students in a hospital wing (Lisbon, Portugal).
Students tubing in the ocean in Greece.
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Language Skills Not Required

Almost all alumni have not spoken the local language. English levels vary within the hospital, but no knowledge of the language is required for Atlantis to be valuable. There is English ability in enough places in the hospital for participants to benefit, as you can read in our testimonials. Moreover, a program in an English-speaking country would take away some of the value of Atlantis, particularly the intercultural perspective that Atlantis participants gain, in a world where many of your future patients in your career later on will not speak your language and will come from a different cultural background. Any possible language barrier you may encounter at Atlantis, even if slight, is also an opportunity to develop “resilience and adaptability,” one of the 15 AAMC core competencies for entering medical students.

Funding Your Future

The cost of Atlantis isn’t too dissimilar from the cost of many study abroad programs that you may find. And we’re here to help: from our extensive fundraising guide to flexible payment plans and financing options, we make the process simple and easy, allowing you to focus on what really matters.

An Atlantis student smiling while shadowing abroad.
An Atlantis student on an excursion experiencing culture while shadowing abroad (Athens, Greece).

Hear More Directly From Our Alumni

Hear more from them on their experiences during and after Atlantis.

An Atlantis student standing outside the hospital where she is shadowing.
An Atlantis student standing outside the hospital where she is shadowing (Barcelona, Spain).

Bring a Friend

Consider bringing a friend to the same program you’re applying to. Although the vast majority of Atlantis alumni have gone on programs without knowing someone in their cohort, bringing a friend allows your experience to be shared in a unique way, while still allowing you one of the benefits of Atlantis: meeting new pre-health friends from across the country. Consider sharing this idea with your friends.

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Atlantis students exploring together on a program excursion (Athens, Greece).

Med School Interview:
Atlantis Alum vs. Typical Pre-med

Compare a possible medical school interview of an Atlantis alum with that of a typical applicant by looking at responses to common questions.

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Gain the Exposure, Stats, and Competencies that Med Schools Want

  • The vast majority of alumni accepted into med/PA school said Atlantis “strongly” or “very strongly” impacted their admittance
  • 81% of alumni accepted into med/PA school said Atlantis impacted their passion for medicine
  • 93% of our pre-health alumni progressed on the AAMC Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students