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Mérida is a destination that brings the old Roman Empire back to life. A short walk through the town will reveal numerous landmarks that serve as a reminder of the town’s past: a temple, an amphitheatre, the circus, the thermal baths, aqueducts, arches.
This World Heritage City boasts a Roman theatre that is over 2,000 years old and is still in use. In June, the “Emerita Lvdica” festival is held, returning the streets of Mérida to the Romans and the gladiators. In the evenings of July and August, the Roman theatre hosts the International Classical Theatre Festival. From Mérida, you can easily visit another of Spain’s heritage jewels, the city of Cáceres.
Algarve’s breathtaking sights and overall great weather in the spring and summer months are just the beginning for those who spend more time in Faro. Its unique old town, surrounded by medieval walls, is a network of winding, cobbled pedestrian streets, squares and buildings that were reconstructed in a variety of styles. Faro is home to an impressive marina, well-preserved parks and plazas, museums, churches, a bone chapel and al fresco cafes. Within its old town you will see architecture that dates back to the Renaissance next to modern pedestrian leisure areas. And just south of the city you will find Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, a system of islands and lagoons that is considered one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal. Additionally, Faro has its own international airport, which means you will be connected to several other European cities and will be able to book a very convenient arrival to your program.
Atlantis programs include ~20h/week of shadowing, housing, some meals, transportation, health insurance if traveling abroad, and more. Airfare is not included but can be very affordable.
On Program Components
Pre/Post Program Components
Dates & Availability
- Summer Break 2023
June 3, 2023 - July 14, 2023 6 weeks 3 weeks in Mérida
3 weeks in Algarve
$11,398 from $589/month
June 24, 2023 - August 4, 2023 6 weeks 3 weeks in Mérida
3 weeks in Algarve
$11,398 from $589/month
You may pay over time, fundraise, consider scholarships, and more. See more on the financing and aid page.
Dates may be subject to change, in rare cases, depending on hospital availability. Students may transfer to another program or receive a refund up until a pre-defined amount of before the start date. All fees include an initial $900 deposit, which is non-refundable. Accepted students or their parents are welcome to apply for financing through Uplift (up to 24-month terms, with a 4% to 36% fixed APR based on creditworthiness). Monthly payment amounts are for those paying via Uplift and are for illustration purposes only.
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.
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.
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.
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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