Agios Nikolaos on the island of Crete, Greece (an Atlantis site).
Agios Nikolaos on the island of Crete, Greece (an Atlantis site).


Crete Island – Agios Nikolaos + HMX

$5,699 - $6,699


Agios Nikolaos, is a picturesque city nestled on the northeastern coast of Crete, the largest island of Greece. The city is surrounded by the the Mirabello bay and has narrow cobblestone streets wind their way through the charming labyrinth of its old town. The harbor is dotted with colourful fishing boats and elegant yachts. With a backdrop of rugged hillsides draped in olive groves and citrus orchards, Agios Nikolaos displays timeless beauty and serenity blended with tradition and modernity.

This program includes an HMX course and the potential to earn a certificate from Harvard Medical School depending on performance in the course. The HMX course would be taken over several weeks before, during, or after your Atlantis program depending on the space available in HMX cohorts at the time that you enroll in Atlantis. Read more.



Destination Information

The City

Agios Nikolaos has a rich history dating back to ancient times. Nearby archaeological sites, such as the Minoan palace of Malia and the ancient city of Lato, offer glimpses into the region’s ancient past.

The city is home to several Byzantine churches, including the Church of Agios Nikolaos, after which the city is named. These churches feature impressive frescoes and architectural details, offering insights into the city’s Byzantine heritage.

The Venetians left a significant architectural imprint on the city during their rule in the 13th century. The remains of Venetian fortification and buildings can still be seen throughout the city.

Dates & Availability

  • Summer Break 2024




June 1, 2024 - June 21, 2024 3 weeks



June 22, 2024 - July 12, 2024 3 weeks



July 13, 2024 - August 2, 2024 3 weeks


Close to Full

August 3, 2024 - August 16, 2024 2 weeks



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 General University Hospital of Agios Nikolaos
The General Hospital of Agios Nikolaos, is located in Agios Nikolaos city in the prefecture of Lassithi, and is a large modern hospital that provides full medical treatment and services to the population of the area since 1940. The General Hospital of Agios Nikolaos has 144 developed beds and is on duty every day. The hospital provides the full range of primary and secondary health care services and, in addition to the basic departments of the Pathological, Surgical, Laboratory and Psychiatric Departments, it also has an Intensive Care Unit with 6 beds, Artificial Kidney Unit, Urology Clinic, Oncology Clinic, Gastroenterology Clinic, CT Scanner, Cytology Pathology Laboratory and other departments, units and clinics.

Alumni Favorite

Lake Voulismeni

One of the city’s most iconic features is Voulismeni Lake, a picturesque body of water located in the center of Agios Nikolaos. According to local legend, the lake is bottomless and connected to the ancient goddess Athena. The city is full of amazing sandy beaches towards the coastline, such as Ammoudi, Agios Nikolaos Beach, Kitroplatia and many more, where you can get some well deserved relaxation.

Students tubing in the ocean in Greece.
Atlantis students tubing in the ocean on a program excursion (Athens, Greece).

It was the best experience of my life. I remember standing in the OR and saying to myself “I don’t care how long it takes, how hard it will be or how much money it will cost. I’m going to become a doctor.” I have told all my friends that are pre-med that they need to do this. Not only did I have an amazing time in the hospital but I also made friends that will last a lifetime.

Atlantis students speaking to a doctor while shadowing (Athens, Greece)
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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.