Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy (an Atlantis site).
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy (an Atlantis site).
A view of the Duomo in Milan, Italy (an Atlantis site).
A view of the Duomo in Milan, Italy (an Atlantis site).
Atlantis students posing on the top of the Duomo.
Atlantis students on an excursion to the top of the Duomo (Milan, Italy, 2019).





Milan is the capital city of the Lombardy region of Italy and is Italy’s second most populous metropolitan area. It is a global hub for the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, research, and last but not least, healthcare. Milan was first settled in the year 400 and was an important center for trade throughout the Middle Ages and into modern times. Being such a fast-paced metropolis with a mix of modern and traditional architecture, packed with art, fashion, history and delicious food, it’s no surprise that Milano is one of the most visited cities in Italy.

Destination Information

The City

While parts of Milan were destroyed during World War II and now feature modern buildings like 32-story Pirelli Tower, you can still find many historical gems such as the Duomo (Italian for Cathedral) and La Scala opera house. It is also in Milan that travelers can admire one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings, The Last Supper.

Dates & Availability

  • Summer Break 2023




May 13, 2023 - June 2, 2023 3 weeks

$7,499 from $370/month


June 3, 2023 - June 23, 2023 3 weeks

$7,499 from $370/month


June 24, 2023 - July 14, 2023 3 weeks

$7,499 from $370/month


July 15, 2023 - August 4, 2023 3 weeks

$7,499 from $370/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 if traveling abroad, and more. Airfare is not included but can be very affordable.

Hospital Overview

The Milan region has long been recognized as a beacon for healthcare.  Currently, our hospital partner in Milan is the Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, a top public hospital in Milan focused on cancer care. Within this hospital and this broad field, there are many sub-specialties, and a variety of work. Many (perhaps most) Atlantis participants shadowing in this hospital do *not* have a primary interest in oncology. A primary focus on oncology is not required for participation in this program.

Alumni Favorite

Chocolate Gelato

The best gelato… Cioccolatitaliani. Say that five times fast! This famous gelato shop is loved by tourists and Atlantis students alike and is located close to the city center. You know what they say, “an Italian gelato a day keeps the doctor away.” Maybe not quite, but you’re not there to avoid doctors, right? Keep a tally of how many times you stop here, and let us know!

Students enjoying gelato from a gelato shop.
Atlantis students enjoying gelato from a gelato shop (Milan, Italy, 2019).

It was an incredible experience from start to finish. I learned tons and gained valuable experience in a hospital. Not just that, I made incredible friendships along the way.

An arch at the far end of a park in Milan, Italy (an Atlantis site).
An arch at the far end of a park in Milan, Italy (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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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