A panoramic view of the town center and cathedral of St James in Sibenik, Croatia (an Atlantis site).
A panoramic view of the town center and cathedral of St James in Sibenik, Croatia (an Atlantis site).
A view from the water of Sibenik, Croatia (an Atlantis site).
A view from the water of Sibenik, Croatia (an Atlantis site).



$5,999 - $6,999


Sibenik, Croatia is the oldest originally Croatian town on the Croatian coast. It was founded by Croats in the 9th century and is in very close proximity to the over 300 Croatian islands in the Adriatic Sea. Throughout its long history, it has been influenced by several different nations, but the most prominent and visible still today is the Venetian influence. It is sometimes called ‘the city of fortresses’ as it has four fortresses, that were all designed to defend the city.

Destination Information

The City

Besides the rich culture and history, tourists are especially drawn to Sibenik’s coastal location, lush landscape, colorful town, and beautiful blue-green waters.

The city has four fortresses, as well as many churches and monasteries to see. St. James Cathedral is Venetian art masterpiece, that was worked on for more than 100 years and it was (much more recently!) a filming location for Game of Thrones.

You can wander the streets of Old Town and take in the cobblestone and charm, or relax on the beautiful beaches of the Adriatic Sea.


Dates & Availability

  • Summer Break 2024




May 11, 2024 - May 31, 2024 3 weeks


Close to Full

June 1, 2024 - June 21, 2024 3 weeks


Close to Full

June 22, 2024 - July 12, 2024 3 weeks


Close to Full

July 13, 2024 - August 2, 2024 3 weeks



August 3, 2024 - August 23, 2024 3 weeks



You may pay over time, fundraise, consider scholarships, and more.

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

Opca Bolnica Sibenik is a general hospital that opened its doors in 1883. In 1994, the Sibenik Medical Center was divided between the Opca Bolnica General Hospital and the Sibenik Health Center. The General Hospital serves the majority of patients in the surrounding area, with 300 beds and specializations in 11 acute illnesses. The hospital has seen great advances in staff training, technological improvements, and facility renovations.

Alumni Favorite

Old Town

One of the most exciting things to do in Sibenik is taking a stroll through the stone streets of Old Town. The Old Town is small but has plenty of interesting things to do and explore. You’ll pass old stone buildings, narrow streets, and squares that are filled with trendy boutiques, souvenir shops, modern cafés, restaurants, bars, museums, old churches, and monasteries. You’re bound to enjoy the town atmosphere, which has a young and laid-back vibe.

A view of a church in Šibenik.
A view of a church in Šibenik, Croatia (an Atlantis site).

Atlantis is a great way to immerse yourself in the medical field. Not only do you get to explore a new country, but learn more about healthcare itself. It was an amazing opportunity to compare healthcare firsthand. In addition, rotating specialties each week truly helps those who are unsure of which area of medicine they want to pursue.

Atlantis students in front of the hospital where they are shadowing (Zagreb, Croatia).
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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.