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Italian, SpanishAlmost all alumni have not spoken the local language.
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.
Just five kilometers from Barbastro stands the Monastery of Nuestra Señora del Pueyo. It was a fortress in times of the Muslim conquest and, at present, the residence of monks of the Institute of the Incarnate Word. And very close, in the middle of the Guara mountain range, the environment of the Vero river hosts an extraordinary group of more than 60 shelters with cave paintings, recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage.
Not far from Barbastro are some of the most beautiful villages in Spain, such as Alquézar, with its medieval layout; Graus, with its beautiful Plaza Mayor; Roda de Isábena, with its Romanesque cathedral; and Aínsa, which preserves almost intact its medieval essence and offers stunning views of some Pyrenean peaks.
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.
On Program Components
Pre/Post Program Components
Dates & Availability
May 11, 2024 - June 21, 2024 6 weeks 3 weeks in Ferrara
3 weeks in Barbastro
June 1, 2024 - July 12, 2024 6 weeks 3 weeks in Ferrara
3 weeks in Barbastro
June 22, 2024 - August 2, 2024 6 weeks 3 weeks in Ferrara
3 weeks in Barbastro
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.
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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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.
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.
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