Village of Carvoeiro in Algarve about one hour from Faro (an Atlantis site).
Atlantis students outside a hospital in Algarve.
Atlantis students outside a hospital in Algarve.



$6,999 - $7,999


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. 

Destination Information

The City

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

  • Summer Break 2024




May 11, 2024 - May 31, 2024 3 weeks



June 1, 2024 - June 21, 2024 3 weeks



June 22, 2024 - July 12, 2024 3 weeks



You may pay over time, fundraise, consider scholarships, and more. Learn about our significant partial need-based scholarships here.

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

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.

Hospital Overview

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.

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In the Algarve, coastline framed by cliffs stretches for about 100 miles with beach options for every taste. There are long sandy beaches protected by golden cliffs, small bays nestled by rocks, areas dotted with islands, water channels and lagoons, as well as other idyllic settings.

Street in Faro, Portugal (an Atlantis site).
Street in Faro, Portugal (an Atlantis site).

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.

Atlantis students lined up with surfboards on the beach (Lisbon, Portugal).
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Our excursions are designed to offer a deeper look into your host culture, for both the educational benefit and the enjoyment of exploring a new place with others who share your interests in travel and medicine. Excursions range from historical tours to culinary and cultural explorations.

Your Site Manager will inform you of the excursions they have planned during your program orientation. If you make travel plans outside of your city for a weekend and it conflicts with the events your Site Manager has planned, notify your Site Manager several days in advance so that they can plan accordingly.

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

Language Skills Not Required

Most participants do not speak the local language at their Atlantis program. English levels vary within the hospital, but no knowledge of the language is required for Atlantis to be valuable. There is enough English spoken in the hospital for participants to benefit from the programs, as you can read in our testimonials. 

Many patients in your future career will not speak your language and will come from a different cultural background, so the Atlantis experience prepares you for that intercultural perspective. Any slight language barrier you may encounter at Atlantis also helps you develop “resilience and adaptability,” an AAMC core competency.

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.

Two students walking out of a hospital wing.
Atlantis students in a hospital wing (Lisbon, Portugal).

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).

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.