A view of the skyline of Burgos, Spain (an Atlantis site).
A view of the skyline of Burgos, Spain (an Atlantis site).
Atlantis students in front of the skyline of Burgos, Spain.
Atlantis students in front of the skyline of Burgos, Spain.
Atlantis students outside the hospital where they are shadowing.
Atlantis students outside the hospital where they are shadowing (Burgos, Spain).



$3,499 - $5,999


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.

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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 2024




June 1, 2024 - June 21, 2024 3 weeks


Close to Full

June 22, 2024 - July 5, 2024 2 weeks


Close to Full

July 6, 2024 - July 12, 2024 1 week



July 13, 2024 - July 26, 2024 2 weeks


Close to Full

July 27, 2024 - August 9, 2024 2 weeks


Close to Full

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 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).

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).
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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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students walking and smiling.
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.