Bologna is the capital and the largest city of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy, at the heart of a metropolitan area of about one million people. It boasts one of the oldest and most famous universities in Europe, dating from the 11th century, as well as lavish porticoed walkways and squares, fine historic buildings, and an interesting medieval city center.
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ItalianAlmost all alumni have not spoken the local language.
Bologna is also known for great cuisine, some of the best in Italy – the original home of balsamic vinegar, Parmesan cheese, Parma ham and Bolognese sauce. It’s a perfect location to immerse yourself in the Italian culture while enhancing your experience in the medical field.
Dates & Availability
- Summer Break 2023
June 10, 2023 - June 23, 2023 2 weeks
$4,499 from $202/month
June 24, 2023 - July 14, 2023 3 weeks
$5,999 from $286/month
July 15, 2023 - August 4, 2023 3 weeks
$5,999 from $286/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 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.
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The Ospedale Maggiore “Carlo Alberto Pizzardi” belongs to the Azienda Sanitaria Locale (local health authority) of Bologna, together with Ospedale Bellaria “C. A. Pizzardi.” It is the second biggest hospital of the city, with more than 900 beds. The hospital is made up of three, 15-story main buildings as well as several other smaller buildings. Among these, the two biggest are the Maternity Hospital and the Infectious Diseases Department. The newest tower (Building D) even has a heliport on the roof. The Maggiore Hospital has the biggest and most frequented medical laboratory in Italy – one of the most prominent in all of Europe – conducting more than 18 million tests per year.
Bellaria Hospital is one of four public hospitals in Bologna. It performs an extensive number of activities, but it is famous for the extremely high quality reached in the field of neuroscience, the study, and the treatment of pathologies related to the nervous system. This hospital is a center of excellence for epilepsy surgery as well as for the treatment of spinal pathologies, vertebral instability, traumatic nerve injury, hydrocephalus, and other conditions in the field of neuroscience.
“The incredible group excursions to Cesenatico and Sirmione were absolutely unforgettable, making us feel we were with family. It’s when we were there that we understood how this entire experience was important, not just from a professional point of view, but as a unique opportunity to grow as a human being.”
Atlantis was the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded, driven people who have become my lifelong friends. Atlantis also reminded me why I want to become a doctor and helped fuel my passion for medicine.
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