Viana do Castelo is a mid-sized city on the northwest coast of Portugal. It is a beautiful port city that is rich with history, as it was an important entry point for Portuguese explorers as early as the 13th century. It is considered the jewel of the Green Coast of Portugal, thanks to its medieval architecture, winding streets, and narrow lanes in the historic old quarter, and it features a neo-byzantine church, Santa Luzia, perched on a hilltop looking down on the town.
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PortugueseAlmost all alumni have not spoken the local language.
In the surroundings of the city, you can take a ride on the coastal or river bike path, or on one of the many marked trails. With beaches of fine golden sand, Viana do Castelo is also popular for surfing, windsurfing or kitesurfing, and bodyboarding. You can also go jet skiing, sailing, rowing, or canoeing on the Lima River.
Viana do Castelo is a perfect place from which to organize a weekend visit to nearby Porto, the famous UNESCO World Heritage City. Nature lovers can also visit the Peneda-Gerês National Park, the only such park in the country.
Dates & Availability
- Summer Break 2023
May 27, 2023 - June 2, 2023 1 week
$2,899 from $112/month
June 3, 2023 - June 23, 2023 3 weeks
$4,999 from $230/month
June 24, 2023 - July 14, 2023 3 weeks
$4,999 from $230/month
July 15, 2023 - August 4, 2023 3 weeks
$4,999 from $230/month
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.
Atlantis programs include ~20h/week of shadowing, housing, some meals, transportation, health insurance, and more. Airfare is not included but can be very affordable.
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Bolas de Berlim are a Portuguese twist on the Berline – a classic German pastry. The most popular place to find them is at a local café called Zé Natário. They’re 100% worth the wait in line!
It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. I was able to learn so much about the medical field from the hospital, and I was able to have an amazing time exploring Viana and making life-long friends.
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.
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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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- 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