A view from above Venice, Italy (an Atlantis site).
A view of the canals in Venice, Italy (an Atlantis site).
Venice’s St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), Venice, Italy (an Atlantis site).

Italy

Venice (Mestre)

$6,999

Overview

The UNESCO World Heritage property comprises the city of Venice and its lagoon situated in the Veneto Region of Northeast Italy. Founded in the 5th century AD and spread over 118 small islands, Venice became a major maritime power in the 10th century. The whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world’s greatest artists. It’s dreamy and romantic, with an undercurrent of mystery and drama. And while Carnival is only once a year, its mood is present year-round. The Grand Canal is the center of activity, with gondoliers singing to the passengers in their boats.

Destination Information

The City

Venice and its lagoon, known as the ‘City of Canals’, is one of the most unique cities in the world. It is a city in Italy, built upon a group of 118 small islands that are divided by more than 150 channels and linked together with more than 400 bridges. Venice is a walking city. The historic centre is compact with smooth and flat pavements and – crucially – most of Venice is car-free.

It is known as the city of love due to its romantic and magical atmosphere, Venice is a unique destination in the world that has seen artists such as Titian, Bellini and Tintoretto or musicians like Vivaldi and Monteverdi, they made the city one of the world’s opera capitals and a worldwide benchmark in terms of art and history. In addition, great men like the opera composer Wagner and the pianist Stravinsky rest in this city.

Venice is also famous for its Carnival, where Venetians dress up and wear traditional masks and period costumes. But it is also known for its coffee and Italian cuisine offered by the locals. Venice is an amazing city that hides amazing wonders, a destination that begs to be visited again.

Dates & Availability

  • Summer Break 2023

Dates

Price

Availability

June 3, 2023 - June 23, 2023 3 weeks

$6,999 from $342/month

limited

June 24, 2023 - July 14, 2023 3 weeks

$6,999 from $342/month

limited

July 15, 2023 - August 4, 2023 3 weeks

$6,999 from $342/month

limited

August 5, 2023 - August 25, 2023 3 weeks

$6,999 from $342/month

limited

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, and more. Airfare is not included but can be very affordable.

Hospital Overview

The Atlantis program in this city runs in one of the local public hospitals in the Venice area, part of the Italian public healthcare system.

Alumni Favorite

Gondola Ride

A Venetian Gondola ride is a bucket-list experience. For centuries, black gondolas have been the unmistakable symbol of Venice. Already in the 13th century, Venice started to ban horses in the busiest parts of the city. Gradually, gondolas became a popular means of transportation, especially among the upper classes. Nowadays, gondolas are maily used for the entertainment – for sightseeing, romantic evenings, or simly to experience Venice in a similar way as people have done it for centuries. As cliché as it sounds, no trip to Venice would be complete without a gondola ride.

Gondolas in the canals in Venice, Italy (an Atlantis site).

I absolutely loved my experience. My site managers did an amazing job giving us a real authentic Italian experience and were also very helpful with any questions we had. My group overall was fantastic, and it really made the trip that much better. I am so happy to have been able to see a different kind of healthcare system and use what I’ve learned in the hospital in my future career in medicine.

A view of the Rialto Bridge, in Venice, Italy (an Atlantis site).
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Excursions

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