The Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar in Zaragoza, Spain (an Atlantis site).
The Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar in Zaragoza, Spain (an Atlantis site).
Students on a program excursion.
Atlantis students on a program excursion (Zaragoza, Spain).



$3,499 - $5,999


Zaragoza is the capital of the Aragón region in northeast Spain, and it is Spain’s 5th largest city. The city is famous for its folklore, gastronomy, and architectural landmarks. Due to its developed transportation and proximity to other major cities (as well as the French border), it’s hard to get bored here!

A 2016 student from Zaragoza says “This was the best and most incredible opportunity I have ever been given in the pre-medical field. I have made lifelong friends, secured a future in medicine, and I had an eye-opening experience about healthcare systems abroad”.

Destination Information

The City

Zaragoza preserves wonderful places such as the Plaza del Pilar, with its iconic basilica; the Cathedral of La Seo, built on the remains of an ancient Roman Forum, a Visigothic church and the ancient Great Mosque of Saraqusta; and the Aljafería Palace, the best preserved example of the palaces of the Taifa period (independent Muslim principality). A real trip back in time!

Zaragoza’s location midway between Madrid and Barcelona and its excellent high-speed train connections allow weekend excursions to visit the two main Spanish cities.

Dates & Availability




May 11, 2024 - May 31, 2024 3 weeks



July 13, 2024 - August 2, 2024 3 weeks



December 6, 2023 - December 20, 2023 2 weeks


Close to Full

December 13, 2023 - December 20, 2023 1 week


Close to Full

January 7, 2024 - January 13, 2024 1 week


Close to Full

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

The Lozano Blesa Clinical University Hospital is the second biggest hospital in Zaragoza and it is a teaching hospital, working side by side with the medical school and nursing school in the city. This hospital was founded in 1974 and nowadays has over 800 beds. Since it is a teaching hospital, it’s a perfect environment for students to shadow and learn from physicians, residents and Spanish med school students.

Alumni Favorite

 Lasting Friendships

“The most memorable experiences for me were with my friends from my program as well as with friends I made in Spain. Particularly, a girl invited me to coffee with her friends, all of which were medical students. It was a great experience for me to be able to make great friendships with Spanish medical students.”

Students kayaking in front of the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar.
Atlantis students kayaking in front of the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Zaragoza, Spain).

Atlantis was one of the best decisions I made as a pre-med student. I got to see medicine in action so close-up, and I never would have received that opportunity in the USA. I am truly thankful to Atlantis for helping me confirm that I am on the right path.

Students in front of the hospital where they are shadowing.
Atlantis students in front of the hospital where they are shadowing (Zaragoza, Spain).


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.