Building facades and medieval architecture along the streets in Bologna, Italy (an Atlantis site).
Building facades and medieval architecture along the streets in Bologna, Italy (an Atlantis site).
Atlantis students standing in front of a city landmark.
Atlantis students in front of a city landmark on a program excursion (Bologna, Italy, 2019).
Building and streets in Bologna, Italy (an Atlantis site).
Building and streets in Bologna, Italy (an Atlantis site).



$4,499 - $5,999


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.

Destination Information

The City

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.

What’s Included

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.

Hospital Overview

Ospedale Maggiore

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

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.

Alumni Favorite

Unforgettable Excursions

“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 students in a city square.
Atlantis students in a city square (Bologna, Italy, 2019).

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.

Students in scrubs and masks while shadowing.
Atlantis students in scrubs and masks while shadowing (Bologna, Italy, 2020).
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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.

Atlantis students on a program excursion.
Atlantis students on a program excursion (Genoa, Italy, 2019).

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, 2019).
Students tubing in the ocean in Greece.

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Language Skills Not Required

Almost all alumni have not spoken the local language. English levels vary within the hospital, but no knowledge of the language is required for Atlantis to be valuable. There is English ability in enough places in the hospital for participants to benefit, as you can read in our testimonials. Moreover, a program in an English-speaking country would take away some of the value of Atlantis, particularly the intercultural perspective that Atlantis participants gain, in a world where many of your future patients in your career later on will not speak your language and will come from a different cultural background. Any possible language barrier you may encounter at Atlantis, even if slight, is also an opportunity to develop “resilience and adaptability,” one of the 15 AAMC core competencies for entering medical students.

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, 2019).

Hear More Directly From Our Alumni

Hear more from them on their experiences during and after Atlantis.

An Atlantis student standing outside the hospital where she is shadowing.
An Atlantis student standing outside the hospital where she is shadowing (Barcelona, Spain, 2019).

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, 2019).

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.

Greek ruins on a sunny day.

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