A view of a water canal and church in Chioggia, Italy, a town in the Venetian Lagoon (an Atlantis site).
A view of a water canal and church in Chioggia, Italy, a town in the Venetian Lagoon (an Atlantis site).





Chioggia is a seaside town on the southern side of the Venetian Lagoon, often referred to as “Little Venice.” Like Venice, Chioggia has picturesque canals, colorful buildings and narrow alleys. It’s home to one of the oldest ports in Italy, the main economic activity in the area is fishing, and the fish markets and restaurants are not to be missed! The city has a beautiful historic center, Piazzetta Vigo, with stunning views of the Venetian Lagoon from its bridge. Head away from the historic center and Chioggia has beaches with beautiful bright sand – one of the beaches called Sottomarina goes on for 10 kilometers (or about 6 miles).


Destination Information

The City

With beautiful beaches, a great historic center and an amazing fish market – there’s plenty to do around Chioggia.

When exploring the history of the city – you’ll want to see The Torre dell’Orologia S. Andrea, which is a Romanesque watchtower with a medieval clock (one of the oldest working clocks in the world, dating back to at least 1386) and the display on local fishing traditions at the Museum of Adriatic Zoology Giuseppe Olivi.

Head to the beaches, like Sottomarina, which has very fine, bright white sand and is a Blue Flag beach, a certification reserved for Europe’s best beaches.

Once you’ve explored Chioggia, try taking a tourist boat over to Venice – these run during the summer months and go directly to Saint Mark’s Square – to see what else the cities and towns on the Venetian Lagoon has to offer!

Dates & Availability

  • Summer Break 2024




June 29, 2024 - July 19, 2024 3 weeks



July 20, 2024 - August 9, 2024 3 weeks


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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

Ospedale Madonna della Navicella, Chioggia
Chioggia Hospital is located in the province of Venice and has 180 beds. The hospital has a wide range of departments and services within it with everything from specialties to pediatrics to emergency services. Some departments include: Pathologic Anatomy, Anesthesia and Resuscitation, Cardiology, Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Emergency Room, Radiology, and more.

Alumni Favorite

Fish Markets

The retail fish market, Pescheria, one of the largest fish markets in Italy, has 30 large stalls and has an ornately sculpted main entrance. Whether or not you are actually shopping for fish, it’s a historic part of the town and worth a visit. It’s only open in the mornings, so make sure you get there bright and early!

A famous fish market in Chioggia, Italy (an Atlantis site).
A famous fish market in Chioggia, Italy (an Atlantis site).

It was an incredible experience from start to finish. I learned tons and gained valuable experience in a hospital. Not just that, I made incredible friendships along the way.

Atlantis students outside the hospital where they are shadowing (Genoa, Italy).
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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.