The Collegiate Basilica of Santa Maria with Manresa, Spain (an Atlantis site) in the background.
The Collegiate Basilica of Santa Maria with Manresa, Spain (an Atlantis site) in the background.
Parc de L'agulla in Manresa.
Parc de L'agulla in Manresa (an Atlantis site).



$4,499 - $5,999


Manresa is located in the geographic center of Catalonia, Spain and is crossed by the river Cardener. Manresa’s architectural heritage is truly remarkable, with buildings from the medieval, Roman and modernist periods. In addition, its proximity to Barcelona allows day or weekend getaways to discover one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe.

Destination Information

The City

Near Manresa are the mountain and the Benedictine monastery of Montserrat, which was founded in the 11th century and is one of the most outstanding temples in Catalonia. From the city, you can make excursions to beautiful natural areas and visit monasteries, water mills, factory colonies, castles, or salt mines. Fans of speleology and geology (and the so-called “geotourism”) will enjoy the Geological and Mining Park of Central Catalonia.

Dates & Availability

  • Summer Break 2023




June 24, 2023 - July 14, 2023 3 weeks

$5,999 from $286/month


June 24, 2023 - July 7, 2023 2 weeks

$4,499 from $202/month


July 8, 2023 - July 28, 2023 3 weeks

$4,999 from $230/month


July 15, 2023 - August 4, 2023 3 weeks

$5,999 from $286/month


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 Hospital of Sant Joan de Deu of Manresa (Althaia), is a private, non-profit foundation of medium size. Each year they attend to hundreds of thousands of patients, as they form part of a healthcare network for 260,000 inhabitants. Their staff comprises more than 1,800 medical professionals. The hospital holds more than 500 beds. The Althaia Hospital was opened officially in 2002 after a merger of several smaller hospitals.

Alumni Favorite

Exploring the City

Get lost on the small, narrow streets of the city center, enjoy a coffee at one of the many coffee shops in the pedestrian area, and end your day having dinner at one of the wonderful restaurants in Manresa that offer local cuisine. This sounds like a good plan for an afternoon in the city!

Atlantis students exploring the city.
Atlantis students exploring the city (Manresa, Spain, 2019).

Shadowing the doctors in a hospital setting was a valuable experience and made me realize how much I want to be a doctor in the future.

A view of a well lit courtyard and ornate building.
The entrance to an ornate building in the city of Manresa (an Atlantis site).
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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