Streets in Perugia, Italy (an Atlantis site).
Streets in Perugia, Italy (an Atlantis site).



$4,499 - $4,999


Perugia is located about 100 miles north of Rome. The historic center of the city is a true medieval village with cobbled streets, Gothic mansions and quiet churches that seems to have changed little in the last 400 years. The city is full of impressive history and architecture, but is also modern with two historic universities that welcome students from around the world.

Destination Information

The City

Perugia is full of history. Be sure to explore the Rocca Paolina, a fortress that was one part of the walls protecting the citadel, and has underground streets and tunnels. See the Fontana Maggiore, a 13th century fountain in the center of open air plaza Piazza IV Novembre.

Taking a stroll through the city, you’ll weave along the 2.5 mile dell’Acquedotto, a path that served as an aqueduct during the Roman era.

The highest point in the city, Porta Sole, gives views you will not want to miss out on.

Dates & Availability

  • Summer Break 2024




May 18, 2024 - May 31, 2024 2 weeks



June 29, 2024 - July 12, 2024 2 weeks



July 13, 2024 - August 2, 2024 3 weeks



You may pay over time, fundraise, consider scholarships, and more. Learn about our significant partial need-based scholarships here.

Participants may transfer to another program or receive a refund up until a predefined amount of time before the start date.

What’s Included

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.

Hospital Overview

Azienda Ospedaliera di Perugia – Hospital Santa Maria della Misericordia

The Azienda Ospedaliera di Perugia is a premier healthcare institution that covers a variety of specialties including cardiology, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, and emergency medicine. Its multidisciplinary approach ensures holistic patient care, from diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation, leveraging state-of-the-art technology and methods to deliver optimal healthcare. It is also an academic teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Perugia, providing a learning environment for medical students, interns, and residents. 

The Hospital of St. Maria della Misericordia in Perugia was founded in 1303 by a Brotherhood to serve the poor and innocent. Initially located near St. Ercolano’s church, it was supported by community donations and faced financial challenges. The hospital became a key medical education and surgical innovation center by the 1800s. It moved, expanded its facilities and now stands as a modern healthcare facility.

Alumni Favorite


Perugia is famous for chocolate – they even hold an annual Eurochocolate festival (typically in October). It’s one of the largest chocolate festivals in the world, during which the entire city smells of chocolate. The Perugina Chocolate Factory is located in the city center. You’ll want to each chocolate the whole time you are in this amazing city!

The Fontana Maggiore on Piazza IV Novembre in Perugia, Italy (an Atlantis site).
The Fontana Maggiore on Piazza IV Novembre in Perugia, Italy (an Atlantis site).

It gave me an experience that I will never forget! It confirmed my interest in the medical field and gave me a push in the right direction.

Atlantis students outside the hospital where they are shadowing (Genoa, Italy).
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Our excursions are designed to offer a deeper look into your host culture, for both the educational benefit and the enjoyment of exploring a new place with others who share your interests in travel and medicine. Excursions range from historical tours to culinary and cultural explorations.

Your Site Manager will inform you of the excursions they have planned during your program orientation. If you make travel plans outside of your city for a weekend and it conflicts with the events your Site Manager has planned, notify your Site Manager several days in advance so that they can plan accordingly.

Atlantis students on a program excursion.
Atlantis students on a program excursion (Genoa, Italy).

Language Skills Not Required

Most participants do not speak the local language at their Atlantis program. English levels vary within the hospital, but no knowledge of the language is required for Atlantis to be valuable. There is enough English spoken in the hospital for participants to benefit from the programs, as you can read in our testimonials. 

Many patients in your future career will not speak your language and will come from a different cultural background, so the Atlantis experience prepares you for that intercultural perspective. Any slight language barrier you may encounter at Atlantis also helps you develop “resilience and adaptability,” an AAMC core competency.

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).

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).

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).

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.