The historic city square in Valladolid, Spain (an Atlantis site).
The historic city square in Valladolid, Spain (an Atlantis site).



$5,999 - $7,999


Valladolid is the largest city in the region of Castilla y León in northwestern Spain. The city is situated in between two rivers, Pisuerga and Esgueva. It was the capital of Spain on several occasions, and it is the city where Christopher Columbus spent the last days of his life.

Nowadays Valladoild is a major economic center in Spain, and car manufacturing is the most important industry in the city. Located about one hour from Madrid (by high speed train) and two hours from Portugal, Valladolid is an ideal area for supplemental travel.

Destination Information

The City

Valladolid has numerous fantastic historical buildings, such as the Cavalry Academy, the Cathedral, and the Plaza Mayor, the main square that condenses history and commerce.

Although talking about the beach of Valladolid may seem crazy because it’s hundreds of kilometers away from the coast, the city has an excellent river beach bathed by the waters of the Pisuerga River.

Valladolid is also a gateway to the Ribera del Duero region, world-famous for its wine culture and wineries.

Dates & Availability

  • Summer Break 2024




May 11, 2024 - May 31, 2024 3 weeks



June 1, 2024 - June 21, 2024 3 weeks



June 22, 2024 - July 12, 2024 3 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

The University Rio Hortega Hospital is a public hospital situated in the south part of Valladolid in the Castilla y León region in Spain. This hospital was established in 1953. The new modern building where the hospital is operating now was opened in 2008 and it currently serves a population of 215,000 people, it has more than 600 beds and 15 ORs. Its state-of-the-art technology makes the University Rio Hortega Hospital one of the most advanced in both Spain and in Europe. Atlantis participants will gain a diverse shadowing experience in this well-equipped hospital in Spain.

Alumni Favorite

River Beach in The City

The river beach in the city center of Valladolid is the place to be on a sunny afternoon: you can play sports, go kayaking, or just relax by the Pisuerga river with your new friends.

Students paddle boarding on the river beach.
Atlantis students paddle boarding on the river beach (Valladolid, Spain).

This program definitely fueled my motivation to become a doctor.

Students in front of a sculpture.
Atlantis tudents in front of a sculpture outside of the Hospital Universitario Rio Hortega (Valladolid, Spain).
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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.