Mantua is situated in the Lombardy region and is considered one of the main artistic and cultural hubs in Northern Italy. Mantua is known as La Bella Addormentata, a sleeping beauty that hasn’t changed since the Middle Ages.
Surrounded by three artificial lakes created in the twelfth century, Mantua is a city still full of Renaissance splendor where visitors can enjoy the tranquility of the lakes or take a walk or bike ride along the banks of the River Mincio. The city is full of Italian art and architecture, including within the monumental Palazzo Ducale and its 500 rooms, seven gardens and eight courtyards.
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ItalianAlmost all alumni have not spoken the local language.
The city owes a lot of its prestige to the wealthy and powerful Gonzaga family (yes, the American University is named after one of them), who ruled the city for nearly four centuries.
Food, art, nature, and a welcoming atmosphere are reasons why the greatest Italian Renaissance poet, Torquato Tasso, wrote that Mantua is “a very beautiful city, and one well worth traveling a thousand miles to see.”
Dates & Availability
May 11, 2024 - May 31, 2024 3 weeks
June 1, 2024 - June 7, 2024 1 week
June 1, 2024 - June 21, 2024 3 weeks
June 22, 2024 - June 28, 2024 1 week
June 22, 2024 - July 12, 2024 3 weeks
July 13, 2024 - July 19, 2024 1 week
July 13, 2024 - August 2, 2024 3 weeks
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 ASST di Mantova (‘ASST’ stands for ‘Azienda Socio Sanitaria Territoriale’) sits just north of Mantua’s city center, not far from the train station. The hospital serves a rural province of about 415,000 inhabitants. ASST di Mantova is a public, non-university hospital with high-level specialties, offering both inpatient and outpatient services.
Atlantis allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and immerse myself in a culture that I would probably have never done if it wasn’t for this program. I learned so much about a different healthcare system and was able to confirm that medicine is what I want to do in the future. The program is a perfect mix of being able to explore a foreign country while also helping you to achieve your future goal of being a doctor.
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.