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.
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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
- Summer Break 2023
May 13, 2023 - June 2, 2023 3 weeks
$4,999 from $230/month
June 3, 2023 - June 23, 2023 3 weeks
$4,999 from $230/month
June 24, 2023 - June 30, 2023 1 week
$2,899 from $112/month
July 1, 2023 - July 28, 2023 4 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.
Atlantis programs include ~20h/week of shadowing, housing, some meals, transportation, health insurance, and more. Airfare is not included but can be very affordable.
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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.
Food in this city is just poetry. In a street called Via Pescheria, along Rio Canal, there is a kiosk where people can taste the “cannoncino,” a local specialty wafer with whipped cream and pudding. There are also some great restaurants that offer an excellent “stracotto” (donkey stew) or the typical “bevrinvin,” which is agnolini (similar to tortellini) in soup with red wine.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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