Mestre is a mainland area of Venice connected to the islands by bridges over the lagoon. Mestre dates back to medieval times and is a traditional Italian town with a historic center, called Piazza Ferretto, and buildings dating back to as early as the 12th century. Mestre has a variety of places to dine and shop, as well as a beautiful theatre that is home to music, dance, theatrical and comedic performances. From Mestre, you can reach the islands of Venice by a train ride that takes only 10-minutes.
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ItalianAlmost all alumni have not spoken the local language.
Mestre’s biggest attraction is the Piazza Ferretto, or the main square. This beautiful open area is lined with restaurants and shops, making it a great place to grab a gelato or a cappuccino, or sit down for a full meal. It is marked by Torre Civica di Mestre, the Clock Tower, where you can climb to the observation platform and get a view of the whole city.
The main square is also home to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Cinema Excelsior and Teatro Toniolo – places you’ll want to visit while in Mestre.
And of course, with Mestre’s proximity to Venice islands, you’ll want to make a trip to the ‘City of Canals’ and explore some of the 118 small islands divided by channels and linked with bridges. Hop on a 10-minute train ride from Mestre to get your exploration started.
Dates & Availability
June 15, 2024 - July 5, 2024 3 weeks
Close to Full
July 6, 2024 - July 26, 2024 3 weeks
July 27, 2024 - August 16, 2024 3 weeks
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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
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Ospedale dell’Angelo – Angel Hospital
The campus of Angel Hospital is a general hospital and is considered the most technologically advanced health facility in Italy and most of Europe. The hospital was inaugurated in 2008, It has 680 beds, and five independent buildings and it is located in the town of Mestre, in front of the island of Venice. Each clinical area of the hospital operates with the latest generation of technological equipment. It also possesses an emergency care center and advanced surgical facilities plus a Proton Beam Therapy and Treatment Centre.
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.
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.