A garden in Guimaraes, Portugal (an Atlantis site).
A garden in Guimaraes, Portugal (an Atlantis site).



$2,899 - $4,999


Guimarães is located in northern Portugal and is often considered the birthplace of Portugal because it is where Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal, was born.  It is known for well-preserved Medieval buildings including the Guimarães Castle, a hilltop fortress, with has beautiful views of old town, and the Dukes of Bragança Palace, a palace that has now been converted into a museum. Although the city has many UNESCO treasures, it also has a stunning city park, great dining and dynamic nightlife.

Destination Information

The City

There’s no shortage of things to do in Guimarães.

Start off by taking in the city’s 900 year history at Guimarães Castle, an impressive fortress perched on the hilltop above the city or at the Dukes of Bragança Palace. Just walking around the city you’ll find architectural details that highlight the history.

Take a cable car ride from Penha Hill, outside the city center to get stunning views of the city and surrounding countryside. If you love the outdoors, be sure to check out Serra da Penha, a beautiful natural park right outside of the city.

And of course, be sure to visit the medieval squares to discover the local cuisine which combines the flavors of the countryside and the sea. The most famous dish is Arroz de Sarrabulho, a rice dish with meat and spices.


Dates & Availability

  • Summer Break 2024




June 1, 2024 - June 14, 2024 2 weeks



June 15, 2024 - June 21, 2024 1 week



June 22, 2024 - July 12, 2024 3 weeks



July 13, 2024 - August 2, 2024 3 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 Atlantis program runs in one of the local hospitals in Guimarães, part of the region’s healthcare system.


Alumni Favorite

The Busy Squares of Guimarães

At the heart of Guimarães is two medieval plazas: Largo da Oliveira and Praça de São Tiago. They are lined with bars, cafes and restaurants and surrounded by historical buildings. Grab a Portuguese coffee, take in your stunning surroundings and people watch!

Praca Sao Tiago, a historical center of Guimaraes, Portugal (an Atlantis site)
Praca Sao Tiago, a historical center of Guimaraes, Portugal (an Atlantis site)

It was the closest I could be to being a doctor/surgeon without being one. It is definitely an eye-opener and an experience every pre-med student should experience.

A student shadowing in the hospital.
A student shadowing in the hospital (Lisbon, Portugal).
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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.