Location
  • Greece
    • Athens
Term
Academic Year, Fall, J-Term, Maymester, Short Term, Spring, Spring Break, Summer, Winter
Subject Areas
Biochemistry Biology Dance Dentistry Health Sciences Life Sciences Medicine Nursing Physical Therapy Pre-Med
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans, 529 Plan eligibility, Work study, Work exchange, Sliding scale fees, LGBTQIA+ funding, BIPOC funding
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Program Details

Program Type
Direct EnrollmentFaculty LedProvider
Degree Level
High School Diploma Associates Bachelors Masters PhD.
Housing
Apartment
Language
English

Pricing

Starting Price
1900
Price Details
Fees:
2-weeks $1,900
3-weeks $2,500
4-weeks $3,100
Programs are available for up to 12-weeks

Deposit (non-refundable): $250 paid upon acceptance to the program. The remaining fees are paid not less than sixty (60) calendar days prior to the internship start date

The program cost includes:

24/7 in-country support
Airport pickup
Fully furnished shared accommodation
Hospital/clinic reference letter
Local English speaking coordinator
Personalized shadowing plan
Program & city orientation

The program cost does not include:
Travel to/from Greece, meals, major medical insurance, and all personal expenses and anything else not mentioned.
What's Included
Accommodation Airport Transfers Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Not Included
Activities Some Activities Airfare Domestic Airfare Classes Meals Some Meals SIM cards Transportation Travel Insurance Visa
Sep 17, 2021
Mar 06, 2024
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About Program

If you have a passion for medicine and are interested in gaining valuable & intense observation experience coupled with the change of exploring Greece then this program is designed for you. Our programs offer the change to gain experience & skills to fortify your medical school application and help you evolve your professional career.

Shadow practice:
Medical
Dental
Nursing
Physiotherapy

Join our supervised medical observation programs for a chance to shadow doctors for up to 40hours/week in Greek hospitals/clinics. You will rotate through different specialties and witness medical procedures & operations that will help you decide on your studies.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

Each participant’s identity may present challenges and questions, in addition to opportunities, when immersing in a new and different culture. Exploring a new culture can sometimes lead to experiencing a cultural shock as some places have different cultural norms, ranging levels of racial/ ethnic diversity, and are less aware or not so “politically correct” as your home country might be. Cerca Abroad strictly adheres to a non-discrimination policy of not denying any person access to, or participation in or the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any service, program, course or facility on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, marital or parental status, physical condition or developmental disability.

LGBTQIA+ Support

All our staff & local host teams are welcoming and inclusive of the LGBTQAI+ community, making our programs LGBTQAI+ friendly. Cerca Abroad strictly adheres to a non-discrimination policy of not denying any person access to, or participation in or the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any service, program, course or facility on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, marital or parental status, physical condition or developmental disability.

Neurodivergent Support

Cerca Abroad welcomes and supports participants that are Differently-abled/neurodivergent and offers a range of internship abroad programs that are specifically adapted to host interns. Although participants with neurodivergency have successfully participated in our programs, due to the nature of the abroad programs, the degree of access varies based on the activities, location and available infrastructure. Hence, at the application stage it is important to discuss with your Cerca Abroad program manager the program’s accessibility aspects and requirements. Cerca Abroad strictly adheres to a non-discrimination policy of not denying any person access to, or participation in or the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any service, program, course or facility on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, marital or parental status, physical condition or developmental disability.

Accessibility Support

Cerca Abroad welcomes and supports participants that have limited mobility conditions (including wheelchair users) and offers a range of internship abroad programs that are specifically adapted to host interns. Although participants with limited mobility have successfully participated in our programs, due to the nature of the abroad programs, the degree of access varies based on the activities, location and available infrastructure. Hence, at the application stage it is important to discuss with your Cerca Abroad program manager the program’s accessibility aspects and requirements. Cerca Abroad strictly adheres to a non-discrimination policy of not denying any person access to, or participation in or the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any service, program, course or facility on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, marital or parental status, physical condition or developmental disability.

Impact

Sustainability

Our steps towards creating a responsible experience

- We only work with registered organizations that have proven record of sustainable & ethical practices and long-term expertise in their field
- We collect feedback from all our participants and our host sites to continuously improve our participant’s experience
- We regularly visit our host sites to offer support/training, to evaluate processes/costs and provide transparent and affordable programs
- We review and evaluate each intern application and check their qualifications, criminal background and medical status for eligibility and suitability
- We ensure that our participants’ work does not impact the employment opportunities of the local community
- We refrain from overcrowding our host sites with participants and allocating only those that are needed
- All participants are requested to sign a Code of Conduct prior to arrival, which is designed to protect all stakeholders from inappropriate behavior or abuse
- Participants that breach ours or the host site’s Terms and Conditions and Code of Conduct will be removed without refund
- We take extra care allocating participants in sites that involve the care of others as well as animals

Ethical Impact

We are committed to support our participants to create a positive impact on the local communities in parallel to their learning and developing activities abroad. Recognizing and evaluating ethical issues promotes responsible traveling which translates to a positive impact on the host communities and our interns. The relationships that are formed, the exchanged ideas, the local economy that is revived, the hands-on project that our participants contribute on, all leave a lasting a sustainable impact in each host site.

Our aim is to present realistic expectations to our participants, be honest and transparent on how we operate and use feedback from our interns and host sites to improve our processes and services. We remain committed to create a positive impact, whether it is with our stance for the environment (by becoming carbon neutral) up to working with hosts with similar values.

Program Highlights

  • Duration: 2 to 12-weeks
  • Shadow doctors for up to 40 hours/week
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Explore Greece and the surrounding islands
  • Ethical medical and surgical shadowing, compliant with AAMC guidelines

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Zoe

If you have a passion for becoming a physician’s assistant and are interested in gaining valuable & intense observation experience coupled with the chance of exploring Greece then this program is for you. Our programs offer the chance to gain experience & skills to fortify your medical school application & help you evolve your professional career. You will rotate through different specialties & witness medical procedures & physical therapy operations that will help you decide on your studies

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Interns will have the opportunity to observe medical procedures side-by-side doctors, surgeons, nurses and other staff and participate in the daily routine, across various departments and specialties. The shadowing program is designed to rotate through all major departments and can be customized according to the intern’s area of medical interest.

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Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
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  • Academics 5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 5
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Jamie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Very valuable experience for the future

Hi, I am Jamie, I live in Western Australia, I am English, I go to the University of Western Australia. A major in neuroscience. I chose to come to Greece to do this internship for a lot of practical experience which I think will be very valuable for the future, as I am preparing for applying for the medical school. I saw a lot of really cool things here at the Metropolitan General. I think the biggest of all was surgeries, which was very cool. Some of the cardiology units and neurology as well for me.
I was impressed by Cerca Abroad, they are very accommodating. They took me from the airport to the accommodation and they’re just in general very helpful, which obviously is good.
Athens in general was fantastic. I really enjoyed going to the Acropolis. Monastiraki with the markets there, where I got some presents for friends and family back home. I also went to a lot of museums which is something I have enjoyed. I went to some of the pubs which is quite cool. There’s some really delicious street food which is really positive. I think that’s mostly it. I would definitely come back.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I think the biggest of all was surgeries, which was very cool. Some of the cardiology units and neurology as well for me.
Pros
  • Very valuable experience for the future
  • Athens in general was fantastic
  • A lot of museums which is something I have enjoyed
Cons
  • N/A
5 people found this review helpful.
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Lauren
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An opportunity to gain more experience

My name is Lauren and I am from Arkansas, United States. I am studying at the University of Arkansas and I chose to do this internship to gain a more hands-on experience. It was really cool in the hospital to see the progress of the patients from the day one to week three and got to see many many cases!!! The program was super organized and they were there for everything we could need. And then Athens, Greece, it’s beautiful. Hundreds of places to visit and great food. Really Amazing experience!!

Pros
  • Seen the progress of patients
  • Seen many cases
  • Loads of fun
Cons
  • All ok
10 people found this review helpful.
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Alexane
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Program that surpasses expectations

Hi I’m Alexane, I’m from Quebec in Canada and I’m studying medicine at the University of Sherbrooke. So, I chose to do this internship to learn more about the healthcare system in Greece and get an experience with working in a hospital with doctors and surgeons. So I thought it was really great to see a lot of different surgeries. I could see any surgery I wanted to and ask questions to the doctors. They were really nice and they would answer all of my questions.

I also think Cerca Abroad really coordinated this internship well. I always knew when I needed to be here and where I needed to be. So, that was all a really great internship. Yes. Thank you."

Medical

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The fact that I had the chance to see a lot of different surgeries surprised me positively!
Pros
  • I had a converastion with many different doctors and gained invaluable knowledge.
  • I learned many things about the healthcare system in Greece.
  • It was a really great internship!
6 people found this review helpful.
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Ajay
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A beautiful program to get a better understanding of dentistry

Hi everyone, my name is Isabelle Joffe. I’ve currently just finished my last year at Adelphi University and I’m starting dental school in July. I decided to do his program to just get a better understanding of dentistry before I start my dental school journey. I’ve loved working with the doctor here. He was amazing and extremely educated in his craft. He showed me so many things I haven’t seen before. He even let me drill on a real tooth. He showed me how to prep a crown and do a routine and all that staff- it was so awesome.

The Cerca Abroad staff was amazing. On Whatsapp, someone is always there. You can text them any second and they will respond as soon as possible.

I also loved Athens, it’s so beautiful here, the people are amazing, the food is amazing, the metro system is really clean and accessible and I just loved my whole experience here. I would recommend it to anyone.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I’ve loved working with the doctor here. He was amazing and extremely educated in his craft.
Pros
  • Very experienced and skilled doctor
  • When the doctor let me drill on a real tooth
  • The Cerca Abroad staff was amazing
Cons
  • Nothing to say
8 people found this review helpful.
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Alvin
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Pretty good experience

Hello, my name is Alvin, I am from California, Los Angeles. I go to San Diego State University and I chose this program because I am fulfilling a physiotherapy and I believe that the physiotherapy program here is good and I chose Greece because it is an area I’ve never explored before. So far my internship here has been very interesting, I’ve learnt a lot, also I’ve seen the surgery room so I got to experience a new field. So far it has been pretty good. Greece and Athens, I have explored a lot. The team that runs this program are very helpful, they have really been very responsive back to us. Overall this is a pretty good program so far. I think it is a great opportunity

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I managed to see many cases from their admission to the hospital, ortho surgery to the physiotherapy rehab and that was definitely an eye opener
Pros
  • Top professional experience
  • Seen many surgeries to rehab cases
  • I liked the vibe of Athens
Cons
  • Not really
10 people found this review helpful.
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Jada
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A program that meets expectations

Hi, I’m Jada Forbes, I’ve come here to study physiotherapy from the US I chose my internship because I felt like I wanted to do something to help people, healing people and caring for people but I didn’t think I wanted to be a surgeon or like a medical doctor or anything, I just wanted to help people recover from surgery or recover from whatever they’re suffering from. As for highlights here, I was in the ICU care unit and I absolutely loved it down there. It was so cool to wear the robes, the gloves- it’s so cool. Also in OR I’ve seen knee replacements, that’s why I’m upstairs dealing with the physiotherapist. They are usually dealing with that stuff to help them recover and walk. Doing exercises and things like that. Another highlight, probably has been with my physiotherapist I think is the hardest. I love his, he is so helpful. Any questions that I had, I just asked and he explained along the way. He loved teaching and made jokes and was very sweet. For coordination I definitely think Cerca has open arms. Any questions I needed – one time I got lost, so I texted them and they were there in a matter of seconds. So, they gave me all that I needed, like to the metro, to the bus, just getting around here they made it really easy and just made it feel very close to talk, very comfortable being here for five weeks. Yes.

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest moment was when i lost my orientation in a coffee store.
Pros
  • A very helpful experience from my physiotherapist
  • The coordination of Cerca
  • Athens has the most comfortable conditions for visitors
Cons
  • N/A
11 people found this review helpful.
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Elias
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Very attractive program

Hi, I’ m Elias, I am from Edinburgh in Scotland. I chose Cerca as part of my University elective. I am completing my Master’s, so I’ve been working in healthcare for a number of years now, but I thought this was a great opportunity. It’s quite rare, I think, to find a place where it has both a great clinical aspect as well as a great place and great people. But I think this is what really attracted me to this program. I’ve walked around the world in many different countries, I’ve done many electives overseas and, like I said, generally you find a nice place or a nice hospital. I think Athens is the perfect mix of both to be honest. It’s an amazing city, so much to do in your time off- great two weeks.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I found it surprising that this place has both great clinical practice and great people
Pros
  • Clinical practice
  • Very friendly people
  • Historical city
Cons
  • Nothing to say
11 people found this review helpful.
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Megan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Watching surgeries as the best part of a great travel experience

Hello, my name is Logan, I am from Oklahoma, I go to Oklahoma State University and I study biology premed. I wanted to do this internship so I can build my resume and get a more hands- on experience within the medical community. The best part of the internship for me was going to the hospital and see all the surgeries. It was very interesting to actually see and kind of get-to-do a hands on experience with that. It’s just something that I would never get to do in the US, as I have to guess. The actual program was run very well, I had a really nice apartment, the metro is very easy to use and the hospital staff was great. Athens in general is such an amazing city, it’s so beautiful, the history and the culture is so rich. I really loved to see the Acropolis and (it was all very nice). It was a great experience.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I never thought that I would be able to see surgeries this close.
In all cases and specialities I was next to the surgeons and they explained everything!!!
Pros
  • Getting so close to the operating table
  • Staff explaining everything
  • The food in Greece is soooo good!
Cons
  • None
9 people found this review helpful.

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