Aerial view the city center in Gorizia, Italy (an Atlantis site).
Aerial view the city center in Gorizia, Italy (an Atlantis site).



$4,499 - $4,999


Gorizia is located in northeastern Italy, at the foot of the Julian Alps and borders Slovenia. The city’s location makes it a melting pot of cultures and influences, which can be seen through buildings, architecture and food. Gorizia has a complex history and changed nationalities many times, which adds to its multicultural atmosphere.


Destination Information

The City

The Castle of Gorizia is the most popular attraction – it is located within the old walls of town and was built in the Middle Ages. The castle is perched on a hill and has panoramic views of the city.

There are cathedral and churches with deep history and stunning architecture, including The Cathedral of Gorizia, and Saint Ignatius of Loyola Church.

If you’re looking to spend time in nature, the Luciano Viatori botanical garden, also known as the Azalea Garden is right outside of the city, and has 500 varieties of azaleas.


Dates & Availability

  • Summer Break 2024




June 29, 2024 - July 19, 2024 3 weeks


Close to Full

July 20, 2024 - August 2, 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

Ospedale Civile di Gorizia

The Ospedale di Gorizia offers a wide range of medical services to the local community. Like many Italian hospitals, it combines patient care with medical education and research. The hospital is known for its expertise in various medical fields, including cardiology, urology, OBGYN, internal medicine, orthopedics, radiology, anesthesiology neurology, oncology, and dermatology. National outcomes indicators suggest that it excels in the treatment of conditions such as stroke, acute myocardial infarction, hip prosthesis, kidney cancer, prostate cancer, and bladder cancer, among others. Specific surgical procedures and their annual volumes, alongside performance in treating these conditions, highlight the hospital’s capability to deliver high-quality healthcare​.

Alumni Favorite

Local Cuisine

The cuisine in Gorizia is different from what you’d find in other cities in Italy due to the influence of Austrian and Slovenian cuisine. The fusion of these three influences creates meals and dining experiences that are anything but bland. 

Church of St. Ignatius in Gorizia, Italy (an Atlantis site).
Church of St. Ignatius in Gorizia, 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.