Torres de la Catedral de Burgos in Spain.
Torres de la Catedral de Burgos in Spain (an Atlantis site).
Atlantis students outside the hospital where they are shadowing.
Atlantis students outside the hospital where they are shadowing (Burgos, Spain, 2019).





Burgos is located in the northern region of Castilla y León in Spain. With a population of about 180,000, this city is rich in historical Spanish landmarks, such as the Cathedral of Burgos, a large number of other elaborate churches, palaces, and other medieval-style architecture. The size of the city and its central location in northern Spain allows for it to have its own small airport and high-speed train station, making it a great spot for tourists to immerse themselves in Spanish culture while also being able to easily travel to other destinations in Spain and Europe.

Destination Information

The City

In Burgos there are three cultural assets declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO:

  • The Cathedral, one of the masterpieces of Spanish Gothic architecture, and the historic center
  • The French Way of Santiago that crosses the city of Burgos
  • The archaeological sites of Atapuerca, a rich fossil record of the earliest human beings in Europe, from nearly one million years ago and extending up to the Common Era

Burgos is also a gateway to the Ribera del Duero region, world-famous for its wine culture and wineries.

Dates & Availability

  • Summer Break 2023




May 13, 2023 - June 2, 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, and more. Airfare is not included but can be very affordable.

Hospital Overview

The University Hospital of Burgos, inaugurated in 2012, is located in the northeast part of the city of Burgos in northern Spain. It is made up of 5 buildings, has 744 beds, and an additional specialty center where most outpatient consultations take place. With 24 operation rooms and multiple departments, this hospital is sure to inspire future physicians while providing a window into Spain’s socialized healthcare system.

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The most important cultural landmark of Burgos is its cathedral, one of the most impressive ones in Spain and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the most important heroes of Spain, El Cid, is buried here. Ask any local about the history of El Cid and they will be more than happy to tell you about him!

Atlantis students in front of the Catedral de Burgos in Spain.
Atlantis students in front of the Catedral de Burgos in Spain (Burgos, Spain, 2019).

I was blown away by the experience I had. I would recommend it to anyone who is on the fence about going to medical school or stopping.

Atlantis students in the hospital where they are shadowing.
Atlantis students in the hospital where they are shadowing (Burgos, Spain, 2019).
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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.

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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.

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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