The Algarve is in the south of Portugal, famous worldwide for their beautiful beaches, cliffs and sandy coves. Along the coast you will find everything from fishing villages to high end hotels, from golf resorts to traditional bars and restaurants. Apart from relaxing at beaches with turquoise waters, people from all over the world go to the Algarve for surfing, snorkeling, kayaking and hiking. And if you are a globetrotter, you will also be interested in visiting the most southwestern point of Europe, Cabo de São Vicente.
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PortugueseAlmost all alumni have not spoken the local language.
Algarve’s breathtaking sights and overall great weather in the spring and summer months are just the beginning.
The city, Faro, is a unique old town, surrounded by medieval walls, and 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.
Dates & Availability
May 11, 2024 - May 31, 2024 3 weeks
June 1, 2024 - June 21, 2024 3 weeks
Close to Full
June 22, 2024 - July 12, 2024 3 weeks
July 13, 2024 - August 2, 2024 3 weeks
Participants may transfer to another program or receive a refund up until a predefined amount of time before the start date.
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
The Hospital de Faro is one of the three Centro Hospitalar do Algarve units, and is integrated into the Portuguese National Health System (SNS). It is a medium sized hospital with 582 beds and covers an area of influence of over 450,000 Portuguese residents, which can exceed 1 million in the high season.
It was the best experience of my life. I remember standing in the OR and saying to myself “I don’t care how long it takes, how hard it will be or how much money it will cost. I’m going to become a doctor.” I have told all my friends that are pre-med that they need to do this. Not only did I have an amazing time in the hospital but I also made friends that will last a lifetime.
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.
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.