A view from above Malta (an Atlanis Site).
Imqaret (Date Cakes), are deep-fried and can be found at many street markets across Malta (an Atlantis site).

Malta

Malta (Islands)

$6,499

Overview

Malta is one of the smallest countries in the world. Once of the typical dishes is the delicious Pastizzi, a filo pastry baked with ricotta cheese. Due to its unspoilt nature, quiet coastline and ancient artifacts and relative obscurity, Malta has been used as a film-location shoot for many huge Hollywood productions, from ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Troy’ to ‘Captain Philips’ and TV’s Game of Thrones.

Destination Information

The City

Malta is known for its warm climate and breathtaking landscapes that serve as locations for major film productions. The archipelago is home to some of the oldest temples in the world, such as the Megalithic Temples of Malta.

Malta’s capital city is Valletta, which is centrally located on the island’s north coast and has the island’s largest harbour. Valletta is inextricably linked to the history of the military and charitable Order of St John of Jerusalem. It was ruled successively by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and the Order of the Knights of St John. Valletta’s 320 monuments, all within an area of 55 ha, make it one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.

Mdina is one of Europe’s finest examples of an ancient walled city and extraordinary in its mix of medieval and baroque architecture. The history of Mdina traces back more than 4000 years. According to tradition it was here that in 60 A.D. that the Apostle St. Paul is said to have lived after being shipwrecked on the Islands. It was home then, as now, to Malta’s noble families. Impressive palaces line its narrow, shady streets.

Sliema is a coastal town situated on the northeast of Malta, adjacent to St. Julians. Once the home of Malta’s aristocracy; it has now become a major commercial area, very popular for shopping, bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels. Sliema became the first tourist resort in Malta, and its importance still remains. Nowadays, only a few Victorian and art nouveau houses remain, the rest have been replaced by modern apartment blocks, establishments and hotels.

Dates & Availability

  • Summer Break 2023

Dates

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Availability

May 13, 2023 - June 2, 2023 3 weeks

$6,499 from $314/month

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June 3, 2023 - June 23, 2023 3 weeks

$6,499 from $314/month

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June 24, 2023 - July 14, 2023 3 weeks

$6,499 from $314/month

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July 15, 2023 - August 4, 2023 3 weeks

$6,499 from $314/month

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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

Mater Dei Hospital (MDH) opened on 29 June 2007. It is an acute gen​eral teaching hospital offering a full range of hospital services. Mater Dei aims to a​chieve high levels of patient and staff satisfaction and enhance teaching, research and innovation. Mater Dei Hospital has a total of 1,243 beds and employs a total of 4,828 public officers, both clinical staff and support staff. Apart from inpatient services, the hospital offers emergency services (Casualty), day care services, outpatient services and diagnostic services, many of which are unique in Malta.

Alumni Favorite

The Dingli Cliffs and Blue Grotto

Located on Malta’s western coast, at 253 metres above sea-level the Dingli Cliffs is actually the highest point of the Maltese islands with a tiny chapel dedicated to St. Mary Madgalene perched on the edge to mark this. Stunning clifftop views are guaranteed! The cliffs extend all the way from Bahrija to the Munqar area where you will find another natural wonder, the Blue Grotto – one of the most iconic features of the island’s majestic coastline. Blue Grotto is famous for its sweeping limestone arch and radiant and turquoise waters.

A view of Malta from the ocean.

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.

A view of one of the many fortresses in Malta (an Atlantis site).
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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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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