How The Atlantis Fellowship Works


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Applying to The Atlantis Fellowship



University/College Students:

  • Interest in pursuing a healthcare career
  • At least 18 years old when the Fellowship begins
  • Are attending or have recently graduated from a university in, the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia, or U.K.
  • Maintain a competitive GPA (a strong majority of successful candidates maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher)

High School Students:

  • Interest in pursuing a healthcare career
  • Junior/Senior in High School
  • A citizen of the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia, or U.K.
  • Maintain a competitive GPA (a strong majority of successful candidates maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher)

Step 1: The Application

You can begin your application on the Apply page at any time. The application is filled out online and takes approximately one hour to complete.

The application asks the following:

  • Your basic contact info
  • Academic information (no transcript required)
  • A personal statement
  • Short essay questions about your experiences

Step 2: Pre-Interview

From your application, we will make a preliminary evaluation of your candidacy for a placement. Within 1-3 days from the submission of your application, our Admissions Team will reach out for a short Q&A call to do three things:

  1. Discuss your interest in The Atlantis Fellowship
  2. Talk through the remaining steps in the Admissions Process
  3. Answer any questions you have before moving forward
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Step 3: The Interview

Interviews typically take place between 2-4 days after the initial informational call with your Admissions Coordinator. Interviews are video calls that last between 30-45 minutes, and be prepared to discuss the following during your interview:

  • Your application
  • Your career goals in healthcare
  • The Atlantis Fellowship and the alignment of your goals and the Fellowship

The most important thing that Admissions Coordinators look at in determining your candidacy are your professionalism as it pertains to shadowing doctors in an international hospital, and a legitimate passion for healthcare.


Step 4: The Enrollment Process

You will be notified if you are accepted upon the completion of the interview, and a comprehensive list of Fellowship programs will be available to you at that time. Accepted Fellows are given two weeks to make a decision and complete their enrollment.

To enroll fully, you must complete the following:

  • Pick your Fellowship placement
  • Sign the Fellow Contract
  • Pay your $900 enrollment fee

As you consider The Atlantis Fellowship, your Admissions Coordinator will be available to answer questions that you and your family may have.

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Step 5: Post-Enrollment

After fully enrolling in your Fellowship, you will be assigned to one of our Program Coordinators, who will be your point-of-contact for any and all questions about preparation for your time shadowing abroad.

Program Coordinators are our in-house experts on your Fellowship location and can help to answer specifics about what to expect while traveling abroad and shadowing in the hospital. They work individually with each student to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident about your international travels before you even leave home.


Dates and Fees

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I had an amazing time in Budapest, Hungary shadowing doctors during The Atlantis Fellowship. I made a great group of friends that I'm still in touch with and got to explore the city with them. All of the doctors that I shadowed were extremely helpful. They would take the time to explain what they're doing and why they're doing it, and they made an effort to make sure we could see everything that was going on during the surgical procedures. I would 100% recommend this program to anyone, it was definitely worth it.


-Rachel, 2017 Fellow
Budapest, Hungary

Fellowship Dates

The Atlantis Fellowship runs on a Saturday to Friday schedule, with the first Fellowship programs starting on May 12th for Summer 2018. See the list of dates below for possible start dates.

Depending on date, length, and location preferences, availability may be limited due to the rolling nature of The Atlantis Fellowship admissions process.


Contact us with any questions about start dates and your schedule.

Start Dates:





May 12 June 2 July 7 August 4
May 19 June 9 July 14
May 26 June 16 July 21
June 23 July 28
June 30



"While everyone's initial determining factor is the price tag that they see for the program location of their desire, let me tell you something, it's absolutely worth it. In the US, there are few hospitals that allow shadowing of surgeons and physicians, and even fewer that allow you to be in the operating room seeing everything the medical providers see. For those unsure of their career path in medicine, this is the best thing to figure out if the hospital life is for you."


-David Alexander Ceraolo, 2017 Fellow
Cuenca, Ecuador

Fellowship Fees

Our Fellowship fees are broken down into three parts, the enrollment fee, a initial program fee, and the final program fee. The enrollment fee is a $900 non-refundable payment that reserves your placement and serves as a housing deposit. The two program fee payments is dependent on your Fellowship length and Fellowship location. The initial program fee payment is 50% of your program fee, while the final payment will be the remaining 50%.

Concerned about funding? Check out our fundraising guide!

Program Fee Details:

All fees below include the $900 Enrollment Fee

Fellowship Length

Starting From

Average Total Fees

1.5 weeks $1,999 $2,399
2 weeks $2,399 $2,899
2.5 weeks $2,899 $3,399
3 weeks $3,599 $3,999
3.5 weeks $3,799 $4,499
4 weeks $4,399 $4,999

Other expected personal expenses


Your program fees will cover the following:

  • Housing

  • Transportation to and from the hospital

  • Two group dinners per week

  • One weekly excursion and lunch

You can plan on the following for other expenses:

  • Transport to and from your host city (flights and any necessary trains or buses)

  • Lunches and dinners not included in group activities

  • Personal transport around the city (taxis, busses, or trains)

  • Weekend travel, shopping, entrance fees to different major attractions


Typically, Fellows can expect to spend around 150 USD per week on personal expenses, assuming no major weekend travel or other unusual expenses. Flight costs vary based on origin city and how far in advance flights are booked. Our team is experienced in helping students search for flights effectively to reduce the cost of round trip tickets. It is common to have to check multiple flight search websites to find the lowest cost flight path, and our team is happy to help in any way we can.


We have a small number of merit scholarships available for each Fellowship season. Our scholarships are highly competitive, and since we have many outstanding Fellows apply, less than 1% receive financial support. To be considered, you should demonstrate a majority of the following characteristics: 3.5 GPA or higher, financial need, leadership experience, extracurricular involvement, and a well-researched passion for Atlantis.

You can read the profiles of some of our past Merit Scholars here.



Fellowship FAQs

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Q: What is a typical day for an Atlantis Fellow like?

Your daily schedule as an Atlantis Fellow varies depending on your program. Typically from Monday until Thursday you will have shadowing or other programming from 8 or 9am until 3 or 4pm. After that you may have a free evening, a discussion, or a group dinner. Friday is either an excursion day or your departure day. And the weekends are free for travel or rest.

Q: What areas of healthcare may I observe in the hospitals?

Atlantis makes arrangements with each partner hospital to organize Fellows' shadowing rotations. Department options vary by location and Fellows typically shadow either one-on-one or with another Fellow in a pair. Observation of surgical procedures is not guaranteed. Atlantis Fellows can list shadowing department preferences, but Atlantis cannot guarantee that Fellows will be placed in their preferred departments.

Q: What are students permitted to do while shadowing in the hospitals?

Students in Atlantis Fellowships are strictly observing in their time in the hospitals. We are committed to adhering to AAMC guidelines for pre-health students participating in a clinical experience abroad. See official AAMC guidelines. Though our students may see more than they would typically in a U.S. hospital, we expect that they refrain from doing anything which would not be permitted in the U.S.


Q: Can I receive course credit for participating in an Atlantis Fellowship?

In the past we have not offered credit. However, several past Fellows have received credit from their universities for the healthcare experience they gained in European hospitals. Students that wish to obtain course credit through their Atlantis Fellowship should reach out to their academic advisors or other contacts at their respective universities.

If you ever require evidence of your Atlantis Fellowship please feel free to reach out to us and we can send you a Certificate.

Q: Where does my money go?

Over half of your fees go to maintain our staffing, partner development and retention, promotion costs, and administrative costs. The rest go toward your program costs, such as housing, excursions, site staff recruitment and training, travel insurance, liability insurance, meals, excursions, etc.

Q: Do I need to be fluent in the host country language? Do doctors speak English in the hospital?

The vast majority of our alumni are not fluent in the local language. There could be language barriers in the hospital if you do not know the local language, as in some hospitals more doctors speak better English than in others. For this reason, we encourage but do not require students to have at least a basic or elementary understanding of the host country language. If you do not have any understanding of the local language we encourage Fellows to study that language as much as possible before the start of their Fellowship.

Q: How much will flights cost?


You should expect that the flight cost to Europe or South America should be in the $700-$1400 range from most places in the US/Canada. If accepted, our team will give you general tips for finding flights. In most cases, flights should not cost more than $1300 round-trip regardless of program location. We suggest you do research on flying from various US/Canadian cities and look at various departure dates, as you may want to take advantage of traveling before and after your program. We often find that students who are inexperienced with purchasing flights will perform a quick search and find expensive flights ($1500+), thinking this is the normal cost when in reality it is not.

Q: What if I want to stay longer in my location, or to travel to other locations afterward?

That is fine. Fellows often independently or in groups make arrangements to travel before or after their session. A large share of past Fellows have traveled after the conclusion of their session. However, housing will not be provided prior to the first day of your program or after the last day of your program, and you will therefore need to make your own travel arrangements.

Q: What is the weather like?

The weather varies entirely by region and season, so we recommend that you research the climate in your host country for your program dates before you depart. Remember that if you are traveling to the Southern Hemisphere that the seasons will be opposite from what they are in the Northern Hemisphere!