Ponferrada is a small city in northwest Spain in the León region near Galicia. The city was populated in pre-Roman times and has a diverse historical background. It is now recognized for its 12th-century castle and is surrounded by beautiful geography. Ponferrada is a perfect place to taste the gastronomy of the Bierzo region, in which its magnificent meats stand out. An alumni from a Ponferrada program says “I found it extremely great, it was an amazing mix between the hospital experience and living abroad.”
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SpanishAlmost all alumni have not spoken the local language.
The city of Ponferrada has its origins in the Middle Ages, emerging as a settlement around the Camino de Santiago. The most outstanding construction of the city is the Castle built by the Templars in the 12th century to protect the pilgrims. With more than 8,000 m2 of surface, it is one of the most impressive in the whole country. Around the castle extends the historic center, where most of the monuments of the city are concentrated.
Near Ponferrada, the Médulas is an impressive landscape formed as a result of the exploitation of the largest open-pit gold mine in the Roman Empire. In 1997 UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site. To the south of Ponferrada are the Montes Aquilianos, with the impressive Valle del Silencio (Valley of Silence) and Peñalba de Santiago, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
Dates & Availability
May 11, 2024 - May 31, 2024 3 weeks
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June 1, 2024 - June 21, 2024 3 weeks
Close to Full
June 22, 2024 - July 12, 2024 3 weeks
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July 13, 2024 - August 2, 2024 3 weeks
December 6, 2023 - December 20, 2023 2 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
Atlantis partners with local hospitals to give students the opportunity to learn about healthcare systems in different countries. Our hospital partner in Ponferrada is Hospital del Bierzo.
Atlantis was an incredible experience. I was challenged to think about things that I had not thought of before about being a doctor. My love for my desired specialty was enhanced through Atlantis. I will always have a little bit of Spain with me wherever I go.
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.