A view over the city of Florence (an Atlantis site).
Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) the oldest bridge in Florence (an Atlantis site).

Italy

Florence

$6,999

Overview

The birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. Florence is a captivating Italian destination that Mark Twain once described as a “city of dreams.” One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto.

Destination Information

The City

Florence is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. The present glory of Florence is mainly its past. Indeed, its historic centre was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1982.

Between the lively district of San Lorenzo and the small district of Santa Croce, Florence contains the largest concentration of world-famous art. Just stroll along its historical centre to admire one masterpiece after another: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Piazza del Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens. Then there’s the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, the Accademia Gallery and the Basilica of Santa Croce.

As the capital of Italy for some years, the city is inextricably linked to the intellectuals and artists who made the history of art and literature from the 13th century to the Renaissance, such as Petrarch and Boccaccio, Dante Alighieri and Lorenzo de’ Medici, Filippo Brunelleschi and Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolò Machiavelli.

Dates & Availability

  • Summer Break 2023

Dates

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Availability

May 13, 2023 - June 2, 2023 3 weeks

$6,999 from $342/month

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June 3, 2023 - June 23, 2023 3 weeks

$6,999 from $342/month

limited

June 24, 2023 - July 14, 2023 3 weeks

$6,999 from $342/month

limited

July 15, 2023 - August 4, 2023 3 weeks

$6,999 from $342/month

open

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 Atlantis program in this city runs in one of the local public hospitals in Florence, part of the Italian public healthcare system.

Alumni Favorite

Vivoli Gelato

One of the oldest (and best) gelato shops in Florence. Believe it or not that Florence might have invented gelato in the sixteenth century. Whether the stories are true or not, the city’s leading gelaterias are still competing for customers’ pleasure today, starting with Vivoli. They started producing their gelato back in the 1930s when ice had to be shipped down in blocks from the Apennine mountains. Today, there is refrigeration, but that doesn’t mean the flavours are any less decadent. It’s a good thing there are so many leather shops around because you might need a new belt after this.

A street in Florence, Italy (an Atlantis site).

I would strongly recommend Atlantis to a friend… the trip was very well planned out, from excursions to our daily routine of going to the hospital. Also, I had the best experience at the hospital. I never would have expected to be able to see surgeries firsthand. All around, this program was amazing in every aspect.

A view of Tuscany.
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Excursions

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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students walking and smiling.
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