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.
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PortugueseAlmost all alumni have not spoken the local language.
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
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.
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.
On Program Components
Pre/Post Program Components
The Atlantis program runs in one of the local hospitals in Guimarães, part of the region’s healthcare system.
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.
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.
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.
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.